• Graphic Arts, Media, and Communication

    Graphic Arts, Media, and Communication

    The Graphic Arts, Media, and Communication Program provides students the opportunity to explore the world of graphic arts, graphic design, multimedia, and video production. Students are provided with knowledge of the equipment, materials, and processes currently used in the industry.

    Programs of Study
    The Graphic Arts, Media, and Communication program features the following areas of study:

    Interactive Media Production
    The Interactive Media Production (IMP) program includes a strong foundation in arts and communication with particular emphasis on design, graphic and media communications, interactive technologies, and project development. Students complete two foundation courses before selecting one of two options for advanced study- Interactive Media Production or Simulation and Gaming. Interactive Media Production students gain experience in Internet technology and website development, computer graphics, digital media production and project management. Simulation and Gaming students advance their understanding and skill level in computer game design and interactive programming. All students develop a portfolio of their work and may earn certification in Adobe Creative Suite or web design. Graduates may also earn articulated college credit. Recommended Electives: AP Studio Art, Drawing, AP Studio 2D or 3D Design.

    CTE Publishing and Graphics Communication program of Study
    The Graphic Communications program is offered in partnership with the Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA). This program of study is designed to give students an overall understanding of the Graphic Communication industry and its major operations while teaching competencies that lead to national PrintED certification. This program prepares students to work on newspapers, magazines, in advertising agencies or in other environments involving desktop/media publishing or to work on a freelance basis. In addition to learning Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to create their work, they will work with a variety of equipment, including digital and offset printing, bindery and finishing operations, and screen printing. While gaining the technical skills they need to succeed in this career pathway, students can also earn college credits through articulation agreements.

    Possible Certifications

    • Introduction to Graphic Communication,
    • Digital File Preparation
    • Digital Press, Offset Press
    • Advertising and Designs

    Possible Majors
    • Communications
    • Graphic Design
    • Journalism
    • Marketing
    • Animation and Gaming

    Possible Careers
    • Journalist
    • Broadcast and Sound Engineer
    • Graphic Designer
    • Advertising Manager
    • Writer and Author
    • Photojournalist
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • TV Camera Operator
    • Producer, Director
    • News Anchor, Reporter
    • Radio DJ
    • Digital Animator
    • Game Designer
    • Pre Press Technician
    • Digital Pre-Press Operator
    • Screen Press Operator
    • File Line Supervisor
    • Web fed Press Operator

    Program Contact Information:
    Darlene Bruton, Supervisor
    Career and Technical Education Programs
    2215 Chadwick Street
    Temple Hills, MD 20748
    Phone: (301) 669-6012
    Fax: (301) 669-6090
    Email: darlene.bruton@pgcps.org