Graphic Communications

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

As the third largest employer in the United States, the

graphic arts industry reproduces words, pictures, paintings,

charts and forms onto paper. Students use desktop publishing

software to digitally design various forms and displays as well

as traditional methods of offset photography, platemaking,

image assembly and impositions. The course prepares

students for the changing technology in the industry and will

help prepare students for additional study at a college or

university. Students operate sheetfed printing presses, digital

imaging equipment and various types of bindery machines.

National certification is available for qualified students.
 

SUCCESS PROFILE

Background skills in computer skills, math, art, grammar,

spelling and visual communications is helpful. Most people in

the industry have good eyesight, color perception and manual

dexterity. Attention to detail is a key quality.
 

MAJOR UNITS OF INSTRUCTION

·         (PrintED Accreditation Program)

·         Introduction to Graphic Communications

·         Digital File Preparation

·         Binding and Finishing

·         Digital File Output

·         Press Operations

·         Advanced Press Operations

·         Advanced Digital File Preparation
 

POTENTIAL CAREERS

·         Press Operator

·         Press Helper

·         Bindery/Finishing Person

·         Graphic Designer/Typographer

·         Paper Cutter

·         Pre-press Person

·         Equipment Maintenance Technician

·         Estimator/Production Manager

·         Web Page Designer

·         Salesperson (paper, supplies, advertising, etc.)
 

EMPLOYMENT AREAS

·         Commercial Printing Companies

·         Newspaper and Publishing Companies

·         Packaging Printing Companies

·         In-plant Printing

·         Graphic Design Companies

·         Advertising Agencies

·         Copy Centers/Quick Printing Businesses

·         Paper Companies

·         Graphic Arts Supply Vendors
 

CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE

·         PrintED

The Upper Bucks County Technical School will not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, handicap, race, color, national origin, religion, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification in its educational programs, activities, or employment. The school will also take steps to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational programs. This policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, amended 2004 and Title II of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. For information about rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, at Upper Bucks County Technical School, 3115 Ridge Road, Perkasie, PA 18944. Phone: 215-795-2911. For information regarding services, activities and facilities that are accessible to and usable by disabled persons, contact 215-795-2911.
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