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What is Graphic Communications?
Graphic Communications I and II will cover every aspect of print production, from composition on the computer, to packaging and delivery to the customer. Also included in the program is digital photography, non-linear digital video editing and black & white 35mm photography. A strong emphasis is placed on desktop publishing and design through the use of professional layout.

What You Will Learn?
By enrolling in this class you will learn how to operate both the Macintosh and PC computers. You not only will become accustomed to the traditional 35mm. camera and learn how to develop the film and print out the pictures, but you will also get acquainted with digital cameras, the differences in the file formats, and how to manipulate photographs, both digital and scanned. You will also learn the basics of non-linear digital video editing.

Students will become proficient in desktop publishing opening up opportunities in graphic design and computerized pagination of newspapers and magazines.

Job Opportunities
With your experience you could become an ad composer for newspapers or magazines: other exciting careers include digital photo editor for a newspaper or magazine, offset press operator, darkroom technician and more.

National Certification
Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Specialist) certification, the premier Microsoft desktop certification, is a globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills. The Office Specialist program is helping meet the demand for qualified and knowledgeable people in the modern workplace.

College Credit Available
By enrolling in Graphic Communications and successfully completing the classroom work you are eligible for college credit through Mineral Area College. A total of 36 credit hours will be given in the following class: 

  • Introduction to Graphic Arts/Printing
  • Graphic Design 1
  • Desktop Publishing I
  • Image Assembly
  • Platemaking
  • Press Systems I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Desktop Publishing II
  • Darkroom Procedures
  • Press Systems II
  • Bindery and Finishing
  • Preparation for Employment
  • Occupational Leadership Dev. I
  • Occupational Leadership Dev. II