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    The Commercial & Graphic Arts program is based on industry standards that prepare students for admission to post-secondary art schools and entry-level employment in the graphic communications industry. Students learn the basics of design, color theory, page layout, lettering and the production skills needed for the printing industry. Advanced study focuses on the use of computer graphic design skills and introduces students to software. Upon completion of the program, students have a portfolio of their work to present to prospective employers and college admissions officers.

    Program Concentrations:

    • Adobe Creative Suite (CS): Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, Bridge, Acrobat Pro
    • Digital photography and Canon technology
    • Offset, screen, large format, thermal transfer, variable data, wide format inkjet and CD/DVD inkjet printing

    Career Options:

    You can become a graphic designer/artist, web designer, desktop publisher, multimedia designer, game designer, computer illustrator, art director, logo designer, layout artist, package designer, screen printer or prepress/press operator.


     
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    Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification
     
    Pennsylvania Skills Certificate
     
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    Open Dual Enrollment Credits
    Delaware County Community College
     
    Concurrent Dual Enrollment Credits
    Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
     
    SOAR Credits
    Community College of Allegheny County
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
     
    1:1 Articulation Credits
    Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute
     
    Click here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.

     
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    Upperclassmen may be hired at local companies, such as the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Pro Sign. Co-ops allow students to work during their school day, earn real-world experience and build their resumes.

     

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    The Department of Education provides a CIP Code to approved Programs of Study (POS).  Schools and postsecondary institutions use the CIP code to categorize the POS, outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings and develop a POS task list. Click here to review the task list.