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Graphic Communications

People with Graphic Communications training are responsible for producing just about anything printed on paper: books, CD covers, packaging, flyers, greeting cards, calendars, posters, newspapers, and tickets for example. Students will learn a wide range of skills from design, industry standard software (MAC), screen printing, vinyl and sign making, offset printing, bindery and finishing
The topics covered in Graphic Arts include:
 • layout and design 
• typography 
• computer page layout- Adobe Indesign 
• computer illustration- Adobe Illustrator 
• Adobe Photoshop- Adobe Photoshop 
• vinyl cutting and wide format printing 
• offset printing, bindery and finishing 
• screen printing 
• pad printing

Grade 10 

(GRAV20) Students will learn basic graphic communication processes and techniques needed to produce printed materials. (offset, digital and screen printing). They will originate ideas for projects such as business cards, t-shirts, magazine covers, 3D glasses and more. Basic Software skills are developed here and are a focus in the first term. 2 Credits 

Grade 11 

(GRAV30) Students will build upon skills acquired in the first year. The emphasis is on typography, imposition, and desktop publishing. Students will also learn operation of offset printing presses, silk screening press and Roland large format printer cutters. Projects such as movie posters, packaging and t-shirt printing will be taught and graphic portfolios will be started this year. 3 Credits

Grade 12

(GRAV40) The third year students will focus on advanced computer illustration using Adobe Illustrator, Photo-shop, and Indesign, digital printing, offset technology, sign making and work experience. Live job and year book give this year a real time work experience. Portfolios are a focus of second term where
students prepare a collage or university entrance portfolio. 4 Credits

Graphic Arts Opportunities

Upon completion of the Graphic Arts course, you may seek employment with:
• advertising firms
• communication Departments
• commercial printers
• in-plant print shops (within large organizations)
• newspapers/magazines
• quick printers
• service bureaus (design and prepress)
• specialty printers (labeling and packaging)
• trade binderies
• paper suppliers
• printing equipment and supplies companies
• sign companies
• screen printers
Not all students will continue on to Graphic Arts jobs; however, communication and design skills acquired in this program have proven to be useful to students pursuing other careers. For example, recent Graphic Arts students have gone into Architecture, Engineering and Teacher Education.

Tec Voc Graphic Students At Skills Manitoba 2013:

For more information about the Graphic Arts program at Tec-Voc, please contact:
MRS. T GOLDRUP (Graphic Arts Teacher) 

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