• Instructor: Mr. Chace Frost


    Graphic Communications Industry

    This is a commercial design/printing program.


    Who Is This Program For?


    This elective is for students who are pursuing a career in commercial design/printing and students who are serious about learning this industry for another skill set or career option. The program curriculum is based on content work and assignments required to succeed in this industry field.


    This Graphic Design program, and instructor, is nationally accredited. This is an industry level program elective that introduces students to commercial design and print. This program is not for those wanting to learn game design or computer maintenance. Students will learn about reproducing an image across multiple mediums in a lab and shop environment.


    This is a lab and shop based program. Students will be required to perform hands-on work using tools and equipment in the shop, as well as, performing layout operations on the computer. Students will also have the opportunity to learn photography and videography in our studio.


    Anyone enrolling a student into this program should be in agreement that they believe the student would be successful in this program in accordance with the suggested criteria. The required class work is designed to ramp up faster and faster on a consistent basis. This is to match the fast pace and high workload demand of the graphic communications industry.

    What Does It Take?


    Students who tend to do well in this program are those who display the following characteristics:  

    • Good work ethic
    • Good attitude
    • Attentive during instruction
    • Maintain multiple assignments
    • Desire to learn commercial design/printing


    Safety Facts

    This program has a shop with machinery and tools that students are required to utilize.

    • Large guillotine cutters
    • Heat press
    • Band-saw
    • Drill press
    • Wire stitcher
    • Laser engraver
    • Xacto blades
    • Box cutters
    • Scissors


    Due to the level of danger associated with these machines and tools, students have to pass a series of safety tests before gaining access to the shop.



    Students participating in this program have the opportunity to earn the following Workforce Ready certifications:

    • PrintED Graphic Design (2nd year students)
    • PrintED Advertising Design (2nd year students)
    • Adobe Photoshop (ACA) Adobe Certified Associate (3rd year students)
    • Adobe Illustrator (ACA) Adobe Certified Associate (3rd year students)
    • Adobe InDesign (ACA) Adobe Certified Associate (3rd year students)
    • Adobe Premiere Pro (ACA) Adobe Certified Associate (3rd year students)
    • Adobe After Effects (ACA) Adobe Certified Associate (3rd year students)


    Course Curriculum

    • Foundations of Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communication
    • Introduction to Advertising Design
    • Introduction to Graphic Arts
    • Digital File Preparation
    • Digital Design
    • Graphic Illustration


    Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

    • SkillsUSA


    College Options

    • Lawson State Community College
    • Wallace State Community College
    • UAB
    • Alabama
    • Auburn
    • NOSSI


    On The Job Training

    Ask your career coach, counselor or instructor for options to gain real world experience in this field.



    O*NET, Job #49-3023.02




    Information taken from the Alabama State Department of Education

    Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development

    Section and from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Onet Online.

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