Graphic Arts/Design I & II Course Description:

Students enrolled in the Graphic Design program will develop skills and workplace competencies while exploring the many facets of communication careers. Students use a hands-on learning approach, where the emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and communication techniques. An essential requirement of the course is that all students develop and create projects to be included in a portfolio used in seeking employment or college acceptance.

The majority of the work is project-based. Projects are done both individually and in groups. Each project is presented during group critiques and responses are included in evaluation.

Students are expected to participate in the activities throughout the school year designed to help them experience, reflect on, and develop skills necessary for a career in graphic design. Students will gain leadership qualities, communication skills, feedback techniques, and problem-solving strategies while working in a professional studio setting.

Projects and assignments are given on a regular basis. Students are expected to complete their work by  deadline dates in order to receive a grade. Assignments include a variety of things such as writing design briefs, researching, brainstorming, creating, scheduling and ultimately completing projects.

This program also involves collaboration with a Career Literary teacher, who works closely with students to help fulfill high school English requirements within the Graphic Design curriculum.

Real world work situations, either virtual or actual, and informative guest speakers round out the learning experience. Students have the opportunity to generate their own questions about work in Graphic Design, thus getting an exciting and motivating glimpse into  a possible future career.


Career Opportunities:

  • Entry Level Layout/Pasteup Artist
  • Entry Level Graphic Designer
  • Film Image Assembler (Stripper)
  • Entry Level Graphic Artist (Computer)
  • Entry Level Bindery Production Worker
  • Entry Level Advertising/Marketing Position
  • Entry Level Screen Printer
  • Entry Level Photographer
  • Post Secondary Education: College/Technical School
    • Apprentice Programs
    • College/Technical School
    • Military
Units of Study: By utilizing the Adobe Suite of design software which includes, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, students will learn about:
  • Typography
  • Two-dimensional Design Concepts
  •  Branding/Logo Design
  •  Package Design
  •  Offset Printing Processes
  •  Computer Design/Illustration/Layout
  •   Digital Media
  • Photography
  • Freelance/Client Responsibilities


Quick Reference Guide:
Communication Technology Academy: Graphic Arts/Design I & II

Approved for Technical Endorsement on Regents Diploma Yes, eligible on completion of two years
Credits for Two Year Program 8 units for two years, 4 units for one year
Integrated Academic Credits English - 1 credit over two years
Specialized Academic Credits None
National Competency Exam NOCTI – Visual Communications & Multi-Media Design
Work Based Learning Experience Internships with local businesses

Dutchess Community College, Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Fulton Montgomery Community College

ART 140 Graphic Design I, based on instructor reccomendation, 3.5 GPA or higher and DCC portfolio review.

Prerequisite General academic, good computer skills
Pull-Out Academics Available  MST

Advanced College Credits:

Students who successfully complete this program and matriculate in the Advertising-Commercial Art Program may receive 6 college credits toward their Associate Degree at Dutchess Community College.


2nd year students were asked to design, layout, cut and fold a milk carton. They were given parameters, such as the information needed on the carton. They designed a look for a diary company and had to include information, such as type of product, nutrition facts and fluid size. They used their design knowledge and Photoshop to create their layouts.


1st year students were asked to create a set of postage stamps that maintained a similar theme and look. Students attempted to capture the spirit of Career and Technical Education by depicting various arrears of study. The challenge for this project was designing an effective visual and typographic solution in a very small area.