Graphic Arts

Program Description

In this hands-on program, students learn how to use creative thinking to produce visually appealing designs, products, images, and works of art and use principles of design as a foundation to build their creative skills. This two-year program uses the latest technology in computer hardware and design software to teach graphic design, DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) photography and videography, and a variety of professional printing operations. Students work with clients and mentors to refine their skills and develop their marketability. A professional portfolio and website, along with industry skills and experience prepare students to continue their education or go straight into the workforce. Students have the opportunity to participate and compete in SkillsUSA, a national student organization. College credit may be earned at Delta College, Ferris State University, Baker College, and more

Program Content

    Personal Management and Employability skills
    Design Elements and Principles
    Advertising Principles
    Computer Software/Hardware
    Pre-Printing Press Operations
    Printing Press Operations
    Post Printing Press Operations
    Electronic Pre-Press and Troubleshooting
    Digital SLR Photography
    Technical Communications
    Technical Math

Special Features

Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills valued by employees
12th grade students will complete and present senior projects
Co-op and Paid Work Experience may be available.
Students will be given real printing, photography, or design competition assignments that will be entered at the local, state, or national level of competition.
Students may join the student run organization called the “Graphic Arts Club.” The Club will have three competitions in printing, digital photography, and design. Professionals will judge and critique student work.


4.0 cr. Graphic Arts

Student Certificationsga5

Personal Management and Employablility Skills
CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Requirements

Keyboarding and computer skills
Can accept criticism of own work
Willingness to participate in printing, digital photography, and design competitions
Able to meet deadlines
Text reading level: 10th grade

Career Possibilities

Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Printing Machine Operator, Printing Assistant, Prepress Worker, Advertising, Offset Press Operator, Page Layout Worker, Entrepreneur, Photographer, Desk Top Publisher