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.
- 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
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.
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite CertificationPennsylvania Skills CertificateOpen Dual Enrollment CreditsDelaware County Community CollegeConcurrent Dual Enrollment CreditsHarrisburg University of Science and TechnologySOAR CreditsCommunity College of Allegheny CountyPennsylvania College of Technology1:1 Articulation CreditsHarrisburg University of Science and TechnologyPittsburgh Technical InstituteClick here for more information on opportunities to earn college credit.
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.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.