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Graphic Communications

Dana Huber, Instructor
Phone: 610-866-8013, ext. 173

Heather Burkhart, Guidance Counselor
Phone: 610-866-8013 (Ext. 127)

Graphic Artists work in a variety of specialized areas. The combined objective of the Graphic Artists working in any of these areas is to produce printed materials. Specialized areas include design, desktop publishing, photography, (lithographic and continuous tone), plate making, printing press operations, bindery and finishing. Graphic Artists need good math, measuring, English and communication skills. Computer skills are essential in the field of Graphic Arts. The Graphic Artist should possess the ability to determine what is esthetically pleasing and be able to visualize concepts to put into final production.

Students will learn fundamental skills for visualizing, creating, and printing on various media. They will create a series of projects that progress from simple to complex. They will learn to produce printed materials from concept to completion. They will use computers, cameras, plate making equipment, printing press, thermal and spiral binders, paper cutters, folding machines and a variety of hand tools. Students may eventually choose to participate in the School-to-Work program in which they spend part of their school day in a work situation to further enhance their vocational program while earning a paycheck. At the end of the program, a student’s job readiness and mastery of occupational skills will be measured based on testing and standards of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation.

Careers in Graphic Arts
Semi-Skilled: Press Helper, Apprentice, Bindery Helper, Sales Representative, Materials Handling
Skilled: Designer, Desktop Publishing, Camera/Scanner, Image Assembly, Plate Maker, Press Operator, Folder Operator, Paper Cutter, Shipping Clerk, Materials Management, Digital Press, Page Layout Artist
Technician: Computer Designer, Color Image Assembly, Plate Inspector, Lead Pressperson, Binding Supervisor
Degree Professional: General Manager, Procurement Specialist, Department Manager, Sales Manager, Lead Designer, Instructor, Production Manager, Digital Photographer