Graphic Design Pathway

AM Graphic Arts
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Introduction to Graphics and Design 48.5610091

This course provides team members with an introduction to the principles of graphic communications and design and its place in the world. This course will help team members to use computers effectively in their lives, thus providing a foundation for successfully integrating their own interests and careers with the resources of a technological society.

In this course, team members can acquire a fundamental understanding of the graphic communications and design world. They can learn the theories behind creating aesthetically pleasing designs and how to work with consumers. Exposure to career possibilities and discussion of ethical issues relating to graphic communications and design should also be important threads in this course. .

Graphic Communications includes the family of market segments embracing the technologies of printing, publishing, packaging, electronic imaging, and their allied industries; they are often referred to as the graphic arts, print, or imaging industries..

Graphic Design is the process of communicating visually using typography and images to present information. Graphic design practice embraces a range of cognitive skills, aesthetics, and crafts, including typography, visual arts, and page layout. Like other forms of design, graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated.

This is the required introductory course in this career pathway.

Graphic Design & Production 48.5620092
This course focuses on the procedures commonly used in the graphic communication and design industries. Team members will gain experience in creative problem solving and the practical implementation of those solutions across multiple areas of graphic communications. Team members will also understand and manipulate color to achieve various outcomes required by job specifications.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphics and Design 48.56100910091.

Advanced Graphic Design 48.5280093
Team members will continue to explore the principles of design and layout procedures as they relate to graphic design. Course content will cover electronic systems and software programs used in graphic design, page composition, image conversion, and digital printing. Knowledge and skills in digital design and imaging will be enhanced through experiences that simulate the graphic design industry and school-based and work-based learning opportunities. Team members will also explore and develop the graphic design portfolio and resume in electronic, print, and photographic form.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Graphics and Design 48.5610091 and Graphic Design and Production 48.5620092.

Career Opportunities:
Pathway completers are given training to become employable at an entry level in the graphic arts, print, or imaging industries.

Program Courses:
Course Titles:

  • Introduction to Graphics & Design (1st year)
  • Graphic Design & Production (1st year)
  • Advanced Graphic Design (2nd year)
  • Graphic Design Internship (2nd year)

Estimated Program Cost:
This program receives high school credit only; therefore, the only out of pocket expense is the cost of any required supplies and membership dues should the student choose to join SkillsUSA.

Supply List:

  • 1 USB flash drive
  • Growth mindset
  • Writing utensil
  • Notebook or sketchbook for thumbnail sketches
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