Graphic Communications

  • Location: Orleans Career and Technical Education Center
    Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

    OCTEC - Karen Krull - email:
    NCTEC - Susan Staddon - email:

    Click on the link to watch our students in action: Graphic Communications Video

    The graphic Communications program is for junior and senior students who are interested in entering the photography, multimedia, printing and advertising industries.  Students will learn skills in layout and design with the latest software for digital illustration, photo imaging, digital photography, web design and publishing.  Through project development, students will discover and design for the promotional world of advertising and marketing.  After students experience multiple areas within the graphic communication field, they will choose their favorite area to focus on and master in their senior year.


    1. Understanding of the multi-faceted industry of graphic communications. Including fundamental skills in the graphic communication.
    2. Learn the latest design software to achieve acceptable standards of work in the graphic design industry.
    3. To apply traditional methods and digital technology in creative expression.
    4. To utilize and understand production procedures in the print industry.
    5. Gain hands on, industry specific experiences in producing graphic communications projects from start to finish.
    6. Introduction of various forms of print including web, mobile and print.
    7. Explore creativity and technology of graphic communications through various media including current industry software.

    Units of Study

    Safety, Print Design, Typography, Color Theory, Proofreading, Measurement, Drawing/Tonal Drawing Styles, Lithography, Intaglio, Relief, Screen Digital Printing Methods, Prepress, Design Elements and Principals, Web/Mobile Design and Layout, Package Design, Advertising and Marketing, Digital/Studio Photography, History of Graphic Design, Traditional and Digital Illustration, and Finishing and Bindery Methods.

    How to Enroll

    Orleans/Niagara BOCES partners with local school districts to provide exciting hands-on career and technical training during normal school day.  To learn more, speak with your high school counselor.

    NYS Approved Program Title & CIP Code

    Graphic Printing Equipment Operator, General Production – 10.0305

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: Craft and Fine Artists, increased demand 1%*
    • Associate’s Degree: Web Developer, increased demand 13%*
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Technical Writer, increased demand 8%*

    *Projected national growth for 2016-2026, US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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