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  • Winnipeg, MB Canada
Graphic Communications & Print Technology

Graphic Communications & Print Technology

About Graphic Communications & Print Technology

The Graphic Communications & Print Technology program is a blend of computer design and hands on production work. Graphics typically includes: image manipulations, concept or idea drawing, printing, typography and lettering, screen-printing, computer graphics, and bindery. Graphic students learn how to produce just about anything designed and printed (e.g. t-shirt printing, books, CD covers, packaging, flyers, greeting cards, calendars, posters). Students will learn a wide range of skills from design with industry standard software (MAC), screen-printing, vinyl and sign making, laser cutting and engraving, and bindery and finishing. 

Students in this vocational will learn the following skills:
– principles and elements of design 
– digital production 
– typography 
– computer page layout- Adobe InDesign 
– computer illustration- Adobe Illustrator 
– computer photo editing- Adobe Photoshop 
– vinyl cutting and wide format printing 
– screen-printing 
– printing, bindery and finishing 
– drawing concepts 
– client relations/employability skills 

Who Should Enroll? 
Graphic Communications & Print Technology is looking for students who like being creative, designing their own products, working with computers, and communicating their ideas to others. Students who are in Graphic Communications & Print Technology program are artistic and enjoy working in a team environment. 

Employment Opportunities 
Students who complete the Graphic Communication & Print Technology program are qualified to work as graphic designers, gaming illustrators, screen-printers, and car wrap specialists. 

Additional Information 
The Graphic Communications & Print Technology program helps students prepare for a competitive industry where employers require a college diploma in Graphic Design or Digital Media, or a university degree in Visual Arts specializing in Graphic Design. The Graphic Communications & Print Technology program at Tec-Voc helps students prepare for Red River College, post-secondary Fine Arts degree, or an industry career. 

Course Listing

Grade 10 (1 Credit) PM465V1S

This is an introductory course into the Graphic Design and Print Communications vocational trade. Students will spend time in each of the areas, learning traditional and digital methods of working with images and type (desktop publishing, design and image manipulation on computers) and with industry software (Photoshop and Illustrator).  Students will also explore print technology, including screen-printing, digital, and wide-format. Students will use current industry equipment to create industry standard products with hands-on projects such as posters, illustrations, vinyl decals, typography, t-shirt printing, laser etching and buttons.

Grade 11 (4 Credits) PM000V30

This course will consist of theoretical and practical presentations in the form of lectures and visual demonstrations, supported with in-class and take home assignments, sketchbook work, print shop projects, discussions, critiques, and live client work. Students will learn and practice the fundamental elements, principles, techniques, and applications that are specific to the Graphic Design and Print Communications discipline. Various presentation techniques will be offered through the use of Mac technology and presenting to clients and peers. Graphic portfolios will be started this year. Students will make notepads, branding and marketing materials such as logos, dye sublimation products, digital embroidery, and digital printed products.

Grade 12 (4 Credits) PM000V40

The goal of the program is to help the student further develop personal and professional competencies in communication, problem solving, teamwork, electronic pre-press, production technologies, and post-press operations that will help lead to successful employment or post secondary enrollment. Program topics include: problem solving, basic layout & design, electronic pre-press, and screen printing. Students are exposed to the computer software applications commonly used in industry, such as: page layout, design, image manipulation, and computer graphics. Other topics include: digital scanning, colour proofing, digital image manipulations, digital printing, wide format printing, embroidery graphics and laser engraving. Students will be required to complete a Digital Portfolio in preparation for Post- Secondary studies or employment.

Contact Information

GOLDRUP, Ms. Trish – tgoldrup@wsd1.org