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Graphic art covers a broad range of art forms. Graphic art typically includes, image manipulations, concept or idea drawing, printing, typography and lettering, screen printing, computer graphics, and bindery. Graphic students learn how to produce just about anything designed and printed (e.g. t-shirt printing, books, CD covers, packaging, flyers, greeting cards, calendars, posters, newspapers, and tickets). Students will learn a wide range of skills from design with industry standard software (MAC), screen printing, vinyl and sign making, bindery and finishing.
Areas of study include:
- Principles and Elements of Design
- Digital Production
- Client Relations/Employability Skills
- Computer Page Layout-Adobe Indesign
- Computer Illustration-Adobe Illustrator
- Computer Photo Editing-Adobe Photoshop
- Vinyl Cutting and Wide Format Printing
- Screen Printing
- Printing, Bindery and Finishing
- Drawing Techniques & Tools
Grade 10 (2 Credits) PM000V20
This is the introductory course into the graphic design and print communications vocational trade. Students will spend time in each of the areas, learning traditional and digital methods of working with images and type - desktop publishing, design and image manipulation on computers, with industry software - Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. Students will also explore print technology, including screen-printing, digital, and wide-format. Students will create industry standard products with hands-on projects using current industry equipment such as posters, illustrations, logo designs, typography, magazine cover designs, t-shirt printing, bindery and finishing.
Grade 11 (4 Credits) PM000V30
This course will consist of theoretical and practical presentations in the form of lectures, visual demonstrations, supported with class and take home assignments, sketchbook work, print shop projects, discussions and critiques, and live client work. Students will learn and practice the fundamental elements, principles, techniques, and applications that are specific to the Graphic Design and Print Communications discipline. Various presentation techniques will be offered through the use of iPad technology and presenting to clients and peers. Graphic portfolios will be started this year. Students will make notepads, branding and marketing materials such as logos, dye sublimation products, digital embroidery, and digital printed products. The prerequisite for this course is grade 10 Graphic Communications. Students will study Graphic Design—Illustration in this course as well.
Grade 12 (4 Credits) PM000V40
The goal of the program is to help the student develop personal and professional competencies in communication, problem solving, teamwork, electronic prepress, production technologies, and post-press operations that will help lead to successful employment or post secondary enrollment. Program topics include: problem solving , basic layout & design, electronic pre-press, offset press operation, post-press operation skills, and screen printing. Students are exposed to the computer software applications commonly used in industry, such as page layout, design , image manipulation, and computer graphics. Other topics include: digital scanning, colour proofing, digital image manipulations, digital printing, wide format printing, embroidery graphics and laser engraving. Students will be required to complete a Digital Portfolio in preparation for Post-Secondary studies or employment.
Graphic Communications Opportunities
Upon completion of the Graphic Communications course, you may seek employment as a:
- Car Wrap Specialist
- Communication Specialist
- Digital Multimedia Designer
- Digital Printer
- Gaming Illustrator
- Graphic Designer
- Offset Printer
- Screen Printer
Tec-Voc strongly recommends that a graphic design student pursue both Diplomas. Check with the guidance department for course requirements. The visual communications industry is competitive and most employers require a college diploma in Graphic Design, or Digital Media, or a university degree in Visual Arts with specialization in graphic design. It is strongly recommended that students also take Visual Arts, 2D or 3D Animation or a Web Development course.
*Students taking Graphic Communications will be studying the Print Media curriculum.