Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts


graphic arts studentGraphic Arts
Instructor: Michael Kay Louis
mkay@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595 ext 416

The Graphic Arts program is a one-year program of study that exposes students to the skills necessary to pursue further education or work experience in the Graphic Arts industry. The program helps students develop specific skills in drawing, illustration, graphic design, software applications, computer systems management, printing, designing for film, and digital photography. Students study the work of design professionals both in the classroom and in the field and complete projects for a variety of public customers. Graduates are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program, or take immediate jobs in the workforce.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov

Career opportunities include:
Graphic Designers              
Illustrators
Interior Designers
Web Designers
Film set and Costume Designers
Animation Designers
Photographers
Software Specialists
Art Teachers                                                              

Average salaries for Graphic Design grads:
Graphic Designer - $48,200
Illustrators - $53,600
Interior Designer - $44,400
Web Designer - $74,000
Animation Designer - $71,300
Photographer - $62,200
Software Specialist - $61,800
Art Teacher - $53,600                                                    

Community Partners / Employers:
The White River Valley Herald
Vermont Technical College

College Credit and Industry Certification:
Students completing the program have the opportunity to earn credits through CCV. This includes ART 1111, Introduction to Graphic Design (3 credits); Photo Manipulation Software (3 credits)

Colleges Attended:
Past students have attended the Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Montserrat College of Art, Mount Ida College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, College of Art and Design, Lesley University, Full Sail Film School, McGill  University, Montreal CA, Saint Martins Central School of Art, London UK, Johnson State College, Saint Michaels College, Lyndon State College, and Champlain College.

Interests and Attitudes:
Students applying to the Graphic Arts program should demonstrate an interest in exploring careers in Graphic Design, 3D design, Multimedia production, Advertising and Marketing, Professional Photography, or Illustration; an ability to work independently and as part of a team; a commitment to meet deadlines with assignments and homework; an ability to take direction and to collaborate in critiquing one’s work. They should also posses an ability to respect others and act appropriately inside and outside of the classroom. Students who visit and show an interest in the program are invited to attend for a minimum of half a day as part of the application process. They would be partnered with a Graphic Arts student, this way they can get a realistic understanding of the program, working environment and expectations. Another part of this visit would be to show a portfolio of their work. This should include at least three finished pieces in any medium, preparatory sketches related to finished work, any examples of photography and examples of journals.