Graphic Communications

  •  With the increasing use of the Internet, companies are increasing their digital presence and graphic designers will be needed to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites. The median income for Graphic Designers in 2020 was $53,380 per year.

    (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)


    Graphic Communications instructor oversees student working on a silk screen project.

    The Graphic Communications Program combines graphic design and printing skills. Students receive instruction in both a graphic design studio and a print shop environment. Seniors will have the opportunity to do live work in the PawPrints production shop and/or gain real world experience through cooperative education opportunities. Students not only use their design & printing skills in live work, but also obtain soft skills, communication skills, and office administration skills including QuickBooks software, job management, and customer service. Students who complete the full four year curriculum also gain the NJ required 5 credits in visual and performing arts instruction.

    Two Graphic Communications students working on silk screen project


    Year 1
    History of Graphic Communications,
    safety, careers, Adobe Creative Suite software,
    animation, motion graphics, typography, basics of screen-printing

    Year 2
    Adobe Creative Suite software,
    file formats, page layout techniques and concepts,
    logos, packages, t-shirts, animation, motion graphics,
    press operations and maintenance, bindery,
    large format printing, sign making and advanced screen-printing

    Year 3
    Advanced software design skills,
    animation, motion graphics, booklets, invitations,
    editorial spreads, screen and offset printing,
    digital printing, dye sublimation printing, direct to garment printing

    Year 4
    Creating portfolios, animation, motion graphics,
    production work in Paw Prints or cooperative education 

    Classes meet for 3 periods/2 hours per day, 5 days a week

    Average number of new students accepted per year: 13

    Opportunity for professional certifications: NO

    Opportunity to earn college credits: NO

    Graphic Communications Student Plans at GraduationFuture Careers

     Production Manager
    Graphic Artist
    Layout Designer
    Marketing Specialist
    Web Designer
    Digital & Sublimation Printer
    Art Director


    Recent Student

    Fashion Institute of New York
    Advertising Agency Internship
    Montclair State University
    Rutgers University
    Maryland Institute College of Art
    Raritan Valley Community College



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    Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools                908-526-8900                          2021-22