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If you are interested in creating designs for business cards, brochures, calendars, t-shirts, etc. and want to be part of one of the largest employers in the world
and desire knowledge in bringing these designs to print, then Print Media is the program for you. The skills taught in this program are prepress, printing (offset & screen) and postpress (bindery). Prepress involves the learning of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign programs, and learning how to set up ﬁles to be printed. Printing on the offset press or screen printing is where a printing plate or a printing screen is made from the ﬁle and printed on to paper or fabric. Finishing of the printed paper product which could involve cutting, stapling, folding or gluing is performed in bindery. The program consists of 80% computer, 15% printing, and 5% bindery. You’ll be working on state of the art Mac computers, utilizing the current Adobe programs which are used in the industry today. There is nothing you cannot create using the Adobe programs; the possibilities are endless. Students work independently from pre-determined assignments.
• Magazine and Newspaper Companies
• Offset and Flexo Printing Companies
• Book Publishing Companies
• Packaging Companies (Paper, Plastic and Cardboard)
• Prepress Trade Houses
• Any establishment that develops their own printed products
• Screen Print Companies
Grade 9 (.5 Credit)
The Grade 9 course is designed as an introduction to print production. The students are introduced to prepress, printing and post-press (bindery) through various assignments.
Grade 10 (1 Credit)
The Grade 10 course is designed for a more in-depth study of the various Adobe programs and learning the terminology used in the printing industry. The students will be studying Print Production Fundamentals along with Basic Design. Students will learn how to create designs to be printed for the various print mediums (offset, flexography, screen printing).
Grade 11 (3 Credits)
The Grade 11 course is designed for advanced understanding of the Adobe programs (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign), offset printing, screen-printing and bindery. The students will be studying Design, Prepress, Print Production and Reproduction Methods. Various techniques in designing for offset, flexography and screen-printing will also be taught. Other print media principles introduced at this course level are color trapping, bleeds, printing with half-tones, CMYK printing process, the Pantone ink system, etc.
Grade 12 (4 Credits)
Students at this course level will be engaged in Advanced Design, Prepress, Print Production and Applied Graphics. Students that are conﬁdent and competent, and have the right work ethic, will also have the opportunity for mentorship, work practicum, and working on customer jobs in either designing or printing. Students will have the opportunity to make their own resumes and portfolios to help them gain employment.
Successful graduates can be employed in entry level positions in computer design, pre-press (offset or flexo), printing (offset/digital) or in bindery. The graduating students will be capable of furthering their knowledge in either post-secondary or in the industry itself.
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