Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication provides education, training and real world graphic design and print production experiences. Through close relationships with industry experts, the program’s curriculum and industry experiences reflect the technological expectations of the graphic communication industry. First-year students complete a wide variety of hands-on projects in design, pre-press, print production, and bindery. Participation in frequent industry tours allows students to increase the range and depth of their understanding.

All students enrolled in the second year of the program are expected to complete a variety of increasingly complex project work. They also are expected to participate in the design, layout and production of various “live jobs.” Both the “live jobs” and the projects are intended to further develop their skills and overall understanding of the graphic communication industry. Second-year students may choose the privilege of participating in job-shadow and internship experiences. Job shadowing and internships provide a stronger foundation and background for the advanced student desiring to enter the industry. For students planning to continue their postsecondary education, these foundational experiences provide the opportunity to earn additional college credit.

Prerequisites: Two courses in any of the following areas highly recommended: Art, Graphic Design, Computer Applications, Journalism, and Technology Education

Grades: 10-11-12

High School credit: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:

Year One:
GRD 401 Graphic Design Orientation 3 credits (S)
GRT 400 Intro to Printing Methods 4 credits (F)

Year Two:
GRD 301 Intro to Desktop Publishing 3 credits (F)
GRT 404 Intro to Visual Communication (S)

SDV 164 Electronic Portfolio 2 credits (S)