Graphic Arts/Design I & II Course Description:

Students enrolled in Graphic Design program will develop skills and workplace competencies while exploring the many facets of communication careers. Students use a hands-on learning approach where the emphasis is placed on problem solving skills, and communication techniques. As part of the graduation requirement, all students develop and create projects that will be part of a portfolio used in seeking employment or college acceptance.

The majority of the work done is project-based. Projects are done both individually and in groups. Each project is presented during group critiques and are used for instructor evaluation of projects.

Students are expected to participate in a the activities throughout the school year, designed to help them experience, reflect on, and develop skills necessary for a career in graphic design. Students will gain leadership qualities, communication skills, feedback techniques, and problem-solving strategies while working in a professional studio setting to solve design problems.

Projects and assignments are given on a regular basis. Students are expected to complete these projects by the deadline dates in order to receive a grade. Assignments include a variety of things such as writing design briefs, researching, brainstorming, creating, scheduling and ultimately completing projects.

This program also incorporates the use of a Career Literary teacher who works closely with students to fulfill high school English requirements utilizing the Graphic Design curriculum.

Students are exposed to real world work situations and/or to those who work in a variety of creative careers. This allows students to see, hear and ask questions about a particular field.


Career Opportunities:

  • Post Secondary Education: College/Technical School
  • Entry Level Layout Artist
  • Entry Level Computer Graphic Artist
  • Entry Level Photographer
  • Entry Level Graphic Designer
  • Entry Level Advertising/Marketing Position
Units of Study: By utilizing the ADOBE SUITE design software which includes, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, students will learn about:
  • Typography
  • Branding/Logo Design
  • Offset Printing Processes
  • Digital Media
  • Freelance/Client Responsibilities
  • Two Dimensional Design Concepts
  • Package Design


  • Computer Design, Illustration, Layout
  • Photography
  • Work-based Projects with Clients


Quick Reference Guide:
Communication Technology Academy: Graphic Arts/Design I & II

Approved for Technical Endorsement on Regents Diploma Yes, eligible on completion of two years
Credits for Two Year Program 8 units for two years, 4 units for one year
Integrated Academic Credits English - 1 credit over two years
Specialized Academic Credits None
National Competency Exam NOCTI – Visual Communications & Multi-Media Design
Work Based Learning Experience Internships with local businesses

Dutchess Community College

ART 140 Graphic Design I, based on instructor reccomendation, 3.5 GPA or higher and DCC portfolio review.

Prerequisite General academic, good computer skills
Pull-Out Academics Available  MST

Articulation Agreements:

Dutchess Community College – ART 140 Graphic Design I, based on instructor reccomendation, 3.5 GPA or higher and DCC portfolio review.



2nd year students were asked to design, layout, cut and fold a milk carton. They were given parameters such as the information needed on the carton. The designed a look for a diary company and had to include information, such as, type of product, nutrition facts and fluid size. They used their design knowledge and Photoshop to create their layouts.


1st year students were asked to create a set of postage stamps that maintained a similar theme and look. Students attempted to capture the spirit of Career and Technical Education by depicting various arrears of study. The challenge for this project was designing an effective visual and typographic solution in a very small area.



Students were asked the design and layout a magazine spread the size of a comic book that showcases their best work for the year. In conjunction with their Career Literacy requirements, students wrote an article about their “style” in third person, which included their inspirations and things they learned throughout the year. A handful of final copies were produced and distributed to each student.



Students were asked the design a logo for the Hyde Park Educational Foundation. They worked collaboratively to incorporate type, visual elements and abstract ideas into a final logo that the client is currently using for their foundation. Work-based credit hours were awarded that can can used toward a CDOS credential.