Graphic Design

/Graphic Design
Graphic Design2019-10-23T18:37:15+00:00
Fashion Design
Graphic design training
Basic Art
Desktop Publishing
Program Costs

* Program costs subject to change

Industry Credentials

Illustrator Associate
InDesign Associate
Photoshop Associate
NOCTI
Graphic Design Badge

Graphic design touches many aspects of your daily life that you may not even realize. Almost everything you come in contract with on a daily basis has been touched by a graphic designer. Everything from the newspaper, magazines or websites that you read, the cereal box, milk or juice jug or carton, your water bottle, the shoes you put on, the screen printing on your t-shirt or sweatshirt, the bus or car you rode in to get to school or work, the billboards and signs on the way have all been designed by someone with graphic design training.

What are the classes about?

The Graphic Design program taught through a series of courses which begins with the simplest concepts and advances through more complex competencies. Because it begins with basic drawing training, it is ideal for students of any skill level. Those students with a higher degree of previous training will progress at a faster pace.

Functioning as both a college-preparatory and employment training program, the courses prepare students for higher education and entry into mid-level employment. A student has the opportunity to earn up to 15 college credits toward an associate degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. At Bridge Valley Community & Technical College a student may earn up to 32 credits toward an associate’s degree in General Technology: Graphic Design Option. This comprises approximately half of the 66 hour program.

Students of the Graphic Design program at PCTC will learn the principles and elements of design as well as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign which is the industry standard in graphic design. Students will also learn 35mm digital photography and basic web design as time allows. Each student will build a professional graphic design portfolio.

The program is open to juniors and seniors in high school, and welcomes adults on a space-available basis. The class hours are Monday through Friday during the normal public school year, from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. and/or from 12:15 to 3:00 p.m.

What skills will students learn?

With emphasis on *design for print,* computer literacy and employability skills are stresses along with up-to-date intensive career-specific technological training. Various skills and theory taught, and industry standard software is available to students.

What Certifications are available?

As there is no way to certify talent, there is no *certification* for a Graphic Designer.
A professional portfolio is the only mean of gaining employment in the field.

What jobs/job titles are available to the students after graduation?

Students completing the Graphic Design Program at the Putnam Career & Technical Center are trained for employment opportunities in advertising agencies, printing companies, in-house advertising departments in businesses and industrial firms, photography studios, television stations, newspapers and other publishing houses, typesetting/desktop publishing firms, animation studios, service bureaus/prepress businesses, website design studios, and screen printing businesses, just to name a few. With additional training and/or college, students can branch out into additional design fields such as video game art/design, industrial design, interior design, fashion design, etc. Entrepreneurship is encouraged, and employability and leadership skills that assist graduates in opening their own businesses are taught.

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

Graphic Design students should possess good English and grammar skills. Research and both oral and written communication skills are very important in the graphic design industry. Although being artistically inclined is helpful, creativity is vital.

Program Requirements

For Adult General Admission Requirements, click here.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

This program participates in the Simulated Workplace environment. For details and requirements, click here

Technology Requirements

Students will be provided with any technology instruction, devices and software required.

Student Organization

Students may enroll in SkillsUSA.

Program Length

2 Academic Years (22 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Secondary & Adult part-time enrollment)

Consisting of eight (8), nine-week courses of 135 clock hours each.

Schedule of Courses

Course Frequency:  Each course offered once each academic year

Secondary & Adult Part-time Schedule shown below.

1st Year  Schedule:  Monday-Friday 8:30am – 11:00am

1851 Fundamentals of Illustration 

1861 Illustration

1857 Fundamentals of Graphic Design

1855 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing

2nd Year  Schedule:  Monday – Friday  12:30pm – 3:00pm

1859 Graphic Design

1853 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics

1854 Computer Graphics

1856 Desktop Publishing/Page Layout

Syllabi

Fundamentals of Illustration
Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
Computer Graphics
Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing
1856 Desktop Publishing/Page Layout
1857 Fundamentals of Graphic Design
1859 Graphic Design Applications
1861 Illustration

Course Descriptions

1851 Fundamentals of Illustration

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills necessary for all courses in the Graphic Design Program of Study. Areas of study include media applications, perspective, drawing and painting, and student organizations. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in illustration. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students will utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to graphic design occupations. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students are encouraged to become active members of Skills USA for additional co-curricular opportunities that enhance student achievement, develop student leadership, and support experiential learning.

1861 Illustration

This course introduces the student to advanced topics in illustration. Areas of study include color theory, proportion, portfolios, and student organizations. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in advanced illustration techniques. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students will utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to graphic design occupations. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students are encouraged to become active members of SkillsUSA for additional co- curricular opportunities that enhance student achievement, develop student leadership, and support experiential learning. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1857 Fundamentals of Graphic Design

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for all courses in the Graphic Design Program of Study. Areas of study include equipment and materials, computer skills, copyright, design principles, customer specifications, and student organizations. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students will utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to graphic design occupations. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students are encouraged to become active members of SkillsUSA for additional co-curricular opportunities that enhance student achievement, develop student leadership, and support experiential learning. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1855 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills in desktop publishing. Areas of study include production skills, design projects, portfolio development, and student organizations. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in page layout.

1859 Graphic Design Applications

This course introduces the student to basic advertising concepts and advanced layout procedures. Areas of study include demographics, mechanical preparation, vector and raster graphics, and student organizations. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in the mechanical preparation of design projects. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students will utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to graphic design occupations. Safety instruction is integrated into all activities. Students are encouraged to become active members of SkillsUSA for additional co-curricular opportunities that enhance student achievement, develop student leadership, and support experiential learning. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1853 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills necessary to create and manipulate computer graphics. Areas of study include production, design projects, intermediate processes, digital cameras, animation, and student organizations. Students will demonstrate knowledge and technical expertise in digital editing.

1854 Computer Graphics

This course provides the student the opportunity to study advanced concepts and master technical skills in the creation and manipulation of graphics.

1856 Desktop Publishing/Page Layout

This course improves the student’s ability to produce real-world designs for clients. Areas of study include advanced page layout, employability skills, and student organizations. Emphasis will be placed on personal and professional ethics, and students will explore a variety of career opportunities. Students will utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in laboratory activities to develop an understanding of course concepts, and teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction related to graphic design occupations.