Arts & Communication

The Arts & Communication cluster is comprised of two majors - Design and Visual Communications, and Graphics Communications.

Design and Visual Communications

The Design and Visual Communications program provides training in all aspects of visual design and production for both print and multi-media. Freshman students choosing Design and Visual Communications will rotate through the Design and Visual Communications and Graphics departments throughout their sophomore year. This allows students the opportunity to explore the communications field from planning and design to publication. Students will then choose a concentration for their junior through senior years. 

Students are introduced to a variety of software programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash. This experience also serves as a solid background for those interested in learning web page design. Principles of design and color theory, copy preparation, desktop publishing, digital photography, illustration, animation and web-based portfolio preparation are emphasized. 

In addition, students are prepared to acquire Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) status by taking various exams in their junior or senior year. ACA exams are offered in Visual Communications, Rich Media, and Web Design. 

Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue jobs and freelance opportunities in layout and design, desktop publishing, illustration, digital photography and web design. Students can go on to earn degrees at two and four year colleges and universities. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Graphics Communications

The Graphic Communications program provides training in all aspects of pre-press operations from layout through finishing and bindery. Freshman students choosing Graphic Communications will rotate through the Graphics and Design and Visual Communications departments throughout their sophomore year. This allows students the opportunity to explore the communications field from planning and layout to publication. Students will then choose a concentration for their junior through senior year. 

Students are introduced to a variety of software programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop as well as Microsoft Office. Copy preparation, desktop publishing, film developing, silk screening, offset platemaking, offset/digital printing and bindery operations are emphasized. 

Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue jobs in customer service, sales, job planning and layout, desktop publishing, platemaking, press, Xerography and bindery operations. Students may go on to earn degrees at two and four year colleges and universities. In addition, students are acknowledged as having graduated from a PrintEd approved, nationally recognized program. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

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