Graphic Communications is a two-year PrintED certified program offered to grades 10-12. The course incorporates project-based activities in a structured sequence of units that cover the basics of design, typography, desktop publishing, electronic imaging, photography, pre-press, offset printing, Illustration, web design and careers in the graphic arts. This program meets the needs of students who plan to attend a university, technical school, or pursue a career placement in the graphic arts.   

Graphic Communications is both an art and a science. It appeals to students having an interest in creativity, science, technology, and management. The field of graphic communications represents one of the largest professions in the world. Graphic communications include electronic and traditional printing, publishing, packaging, digital imaging, computer graphics, website development, digital photography and printable electronics. The discipline includes the creation, production, management and distribution of advertising, marketing, web sites, books, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, packages and other media in printed and digital form.


In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking). Project-based learning is an approach to classroom activities that emphasize learning activities that are long-term, interdisciplinary and student-centered. The core idea of project-based learning is that real-world problems capture students' interest and provoke serious thinking.  The students acquire and apply new knowledge in problem-solving contexts.

PrintED® is a national accreditation program set by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®). The program is based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels. It was created in response to the need for skilled entry-level workers in the printing industry.

This program is certified in the following PrintED® programs:

Advertising Design

Intro to Graphic Communications


There are no prerequisites for this program.

Planning Information

This class is a two-year program.

The number of periods required in a student's schedule to complete this program is as follows:

Year 1 = 2 periods

Year 2 = 3 periods

Contact Information

For more information about Graphic Communications, please contact Ms. Casey Page at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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