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. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions as changes brought on by the Internet continue to reshape their industry. Prospects will be better for applicants who work with various types of media, such as websites and print publications. The median income for Graphic Designers in 2015 was $46,900 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 softs skills, communication skills, and office administrations 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,
    Typography, Basics of Screen-Printing

    Year 2
    Adobe Create Suite Software, File Formats,
    Page Layout Techniques and Concepts,
    Logos, Packages,T-shirts,
    Press Operations 
    and Maintenance,
    Bindery, Large Format Printing,
    Sign Making and Advanced Screen-Printing.

    Year 3
    Advanced Software Design Skills, Booklets,
    Invitations, Editorial Spreads, Screen and Offset Printing,
    Digital Printing,
     Dye Sublimation Printing, Direct to Garment Printing

    Year 4
    Creating Portfolios, Production Work in Paw Prints
    or Cooperative Education, Opportunities for College Level Work


    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: YES  

    Future Careers

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

    Graphic Comm

    Recent Student



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