Graphic Communications

Program Information

Do you enjoy working behind the scenes? Students in Graphic Communications create, design, and produce printed materials for customers using professional software, technology, and techniques. Enhance your computer skills and learn about photography, screen printing, bindery equipment, digital and offset presses. Use these skills to produce a full range of creative client projects using dynamic graphics for print and electronic publishing.

Certifications for Qualifying Students:
• 13 Industry Credentials
(6) Adobe Certified Associate credentials:
Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop; Interactive Media Using Adobe Flash Professional; Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator; Web 
Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver; Video Communication Using Adobe Premiere Pro; Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign
(7) Adobe Certified Expert credentials: After Effects; Animate; Dreamweaver; Illustrator; InDesign; P
hotoshop; Premiere Pro
Students in this program may qualify for articulated college credit.

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Teacher: Mark Overlow

Skills You'll Learn in This Program 

  • Adobe CC software programs
  • Typography/proofreading
  • Web design
  • iMac/MacBook Pro computer operation
  • iPad operation
  • Computer page layout and design
  • Platemaking
  • Press set-up and operations
  • Multi-color printing
  • Screen printing
  • Bindery operations
  • 35-mm camera operations
  • Digital camera operations
  • Darkroom procedures
  • Photo composition
  • Photo manipulation
  • Principles and elements of design


Career Opportunities

This is the program for you if you want to be a/an:

  • Commercial printer
  • Artist/Graphic Artist
  • Proofreader/Copywriter/Editor
  • Website designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Graphic production design/typesetter
  • Videographer
  • eBook designer/developer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Digital press operator
  • Screen/T-shirt printer
  • Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • Bindery Machine Operator

With further training you can become a:

  • Adobe Certified Associate
  • Adobe Certified Instructor
  • Graphic salesperson
  • Marketing Representative
  • Professional photographer
  • Print shop manager/owner
  • Shipping/receiving clerk
  • Equipment repair person

Ready to get ahead? 

Taking control of your future is easier than you think. By finishing your high school education at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, you put yourself ahead of your peers with field experience a normal classroom could never replicate. Apply for this program and pursue your passion today!


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