Graphic Communications


Teacher: Mr. Pedraza

Graphic Communications is one of the largest manufacturing industries in the United States. Changes in Technology in recent years have created an employment outlook in the field of Graphic Communications that is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the next decade. The Graphic Communications program prepares students for a wide range of career possibilities in the industry. Students are introduced to theory and practical experience to turn ideas into design to convey a message, for many different everyday applications.




              A new shirt

                                                       Student: Instructer helps student print a design


 Students work in photoshop

                  Students: Two students working in Photoshop


A newly made shirt

          Instructor: Mr. Pedraza holding a newly made shirt





Competencies Students Obtain

Within this artistic technical career path, students are able to leave high school with knowledge and specific expectations of their future. The field is predicted to have average job growth over the next decade. A four-year college degree is usually needed to become a graphic designer and demands are high for them since the world has a vast amount of art within it. People with good eyes are needed. Going into the working field of Graphic Design students gain knowledge of:

  • Computer-based Layout
  • Silkscreen Printing
  • Digital Imaging
  • Offset Printing
  • Stitching
  • Finishing and Binding

Career Outlook and Opportunities

As a graphic designer students expect to earn about $21 each hour or approximately$43,000 per year for their artistic ability. Certifications are earned by the time students are graduated and community colleges, art colleges, and technical institutes continue the studies of this field. Colleges take this trade into many different artistic branches such as visual arts, media arts and much more. Opportunities open as well to graduating seniors along with certifications:

  • PrintED/ Print Industry of America Certification
  • Graphic Designer
  • Print Shop Owner
  • Layout Artist


William J. Dean Technical High School
1045 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040