students in Graphic Design and Visual Communication

Graphic Design and Visual Communications

From the initial design concept to the finished product, students will get an introduction to converting ideas, information, and emotions into successful design. They will gain design skills using typography, illustration, photography, and electronic media. Programs from the Adobe Design Suite are offered with comprehensive instruction. Using this state of the art digital imaging, digital video, illustration and page layout software and equipment, students learn to apply their creativity to communications media. Projects include logo/identity design, perspective illustration, fine art and commercial photography, poster design, packaging design, advertising design, web design, human interface design, print production theory and techniques, storyboarding, filming and editing video footage and many other assignments that require creativity, technology, communication skills and the ability to meet tight production deadlines. Students will also do projects that involve research, analytical and free style writing, and oral presentations, giving them a solid basis of communication through writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

Students will also learn how the print industry translates the process designers use to produce the designs, using modern state of the art digital printing equipment and offset printing equipment. They will also explore the bindery/finishing area of the department in finishing the final printed piece. This allows students the rare opportunity to not only know the front end of design, but the back as well. Successful completion of Course TG-Z, TG-2, TG-3 and TG-4 will enable the students to move onto the next level of the course progression.

All our students traditionally leave high school to attend two and four year college programs.

Licenses, Certifications and Affiliations

  • OSHA - 10
  • Adobe Certification in Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premier. 

Staff

Mr. Gerlach (x6280) cgerlach@k12.somerville.ma.us
Mrs. Braga (x6208) nbraga@k12.somerville.ma.us

Printing Services

Printing Services are available through our department for community members. Please email or call us to find out more.

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