Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. Students who complete Graphic Design I are considered CTE Participants by the NH Department of Education; those who complete Graphic Design II are considered Concentrators. Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams administered to program Concentrators.
 
As well as the CTE pathway courses, the department offers an elective Animation course that is only available to Milford students.
 
Instructor, Stephanie Kirschportrait of Stephanie Kirsch seated on stone steps
Courses:
  • Graphic Design I: This course is designed to give students an understanding of the elements of art, history of photography, basic animation, and how to apply Adobe Photoshop CC to perform many different image-processing techniques. Do you want to erase a pesky kid photo bombing your selfie? The Adobe Photoshop program can transform ordinary pictures into masterpieces. Adobe Photoshop CC is the industry standard for a wide variety of disciplines.
    Running Start college credit is available through Manchester Community College
 
  • Graphic Design II: This course is designed to give students an understanding of how to apply Adobe InDesign CC and advance Adobe Photoshop CC techniques. Students will also gain foundational knowledge of the principles of design typography and the history of printing. Adobe InDesign CC is one of the most powerful layout programs for professional graphic designers. Students will produce and be assessed on many projects that include original layouts for signs, posters, logos, brochures, and book design.
    Running Start college credit is available through Manchester Community College
    Prerequisite: Graphic Design I
 
  • Graphic Design III: This capstone pathway course is designed to give students understanding of how to apply advanced techniques in Adobe InDesign CC and continue to advance skills in Adobe Photoshop CC. Coursework will also include various Work Based Learning experiences, resume and cover letter building, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and LinkedIn optimization. Through the job shadows, internships, professional development, and guest speakers, students have the opportunity to interact with industry specific people who can assist in the student's career path. In addition, students gain foundational knowledge of the processes behind commercial offset printing operations and multi-media design. Students will also be introduced to Basic Adobe Illustrator and the screen-printing process.
    Running Start college credit is available through Manchester Community College
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Graphic Design I (Photoshop) and II
 
  • Animation: This elective non-pathway course - available only to Milford students - is designed to give students an understanding of how to apply Adobe Animate CC to perform many animation techniques. During this course, students will explore the history and evolution of early animation. Emphasis in the class will be on the processes involved in the creation of animation, stressing teamwork, storyboarding, creating characters, stage design, and sound design. Digital cameras, scanning, Wacom Tablets, and computer editing are critical skills that are the foundation for this class.