Design and Visual Communications | Tech Prep | 2 years / 900 hours
The Design and Visual Communications Career Cluster provides students interested in Photography, Multimedia and Printing a hands-on environment to create designs for advertising, marketing and entertainment. It emphasizes preparation for both immediate employment upon course completion, as well as continuing education on the collegiate level. The Design and Visual Communications (DVC) Program consists of eleven different courses. These courses consist of both conventional and digital skill competencies to assure graduates are competitive in a wide variety of design and visual communication careers including Professional Photographer, Animator, Game Designer, Illustrator, Screen-Printer, Web Designer, or Videographer.
Multimedia Component covers the creation of digital art for print, video and multimedia. Students will learn to share content on cloud platforms to become prepared to produce industry standard software in real-world situations. They will practice brainstorming and layout methods as well as communication skills to feel comfortable talking to any client. This component of the program includes courses in: Digital Art and Design, Animation and Multimedia, Web Design and Video Production. Hands-on experience includes operating a laser engraver, heat presses, graphics tablets, multi-camera editors, image scanners and associated accessories to produce t-shirts, personalized pens, glasses, picture frames, TV shows and more.
Photography Component covers the techniques of traditional and digital photography highlighting skills required in advertising, portraiture, multimedia and fine art. This component of the program includes courses in: Digital Photography, Multimedia Photography, Film and Darkroom Photography, and Studio Lighting.
Digital Reproduction Component emphasizes the use of current technologies in both conventional printing and digital reproduction. This component of the program includes courses in: Design and Reproduction, Screen Printing, and Production Graphics.
Students who have graduated from high school have the option to attend the Design and Visual Communication Program full-time, two sessions per day, for an intensive completion of the program in a single year.
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