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Graphic Communications

Talented graphic designers are highly valued in advertising, marketing and communications for their ability to create visual communications that inform people and inspire them to take action.

Graphic Communications students learn to channel their creative ideas into polished final designs. Using a variety of digital technologies, students learn to edit images and design layouts for print and online communications. Students also learn how to produce printed publications, posters, and marketing items such as embroidered or screen-printed clothing and other items. Skills taught include website design, print layout and design, desktop publishing, offset printing, digital printing, binding and finishing.

Some schools offer State-Approved (Chapter-74) programs in Graphic Communications. These programs provide all of the training required to begin entry-level work in the field. Other schools may offer a more condensed version of this training, which has been designed at the local level. This is known as Non-Chapter 74 or "Perkins-Only." Learn more about the difference between State-Approved and Local CTE programs.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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