Program of Studies 2023-2024 » Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts

GRAPHIC ARTS  is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. To earn     completer status in this program, students must pass Graphic Design I, II & III with a grade of “C” or better.  Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams administered to program completers.  



Introductory Course for this Pathway
Introduction to Multimedia               1880
1 Credit              Grade 9
Are you a fan of digital drawing? Ever wonder how you can make amazing social media videos right from your cell phone? Want to learn more about Cell Phone Photography and Videography? An Introduction to Multimedia is the very first stepping stone towards either the Graphic Arts or Video Production CTE programs. This entry level class will introduce you to the concepts of working with digital media, introduce concepts of both Photography and Videography via cell phones or cameras in everyday life (Chromebook), and career exploration within the fields of Graphic Design and Video Production.
Prerequisite: None
Graphic Design I                                   1862      
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
This course is designed to give students an introductory level of understanding the basic elements of digital art, history of graphic design and printing, and the career paths of a professional Graphic Designer. Students will learn how to apply both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to perform many different image-processing techniques. Have you ever wondered how stickers are made? Love drawing digitally? Ever wonder what it takes to create your very own Animation? Try turning a picture of yourself or a friend into a ZOMBIE! Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop programs can easily transform ordinary pictures into masterpieces. Adobe software is the industry standard for a wide variety of disciplines.
Graphic Design II                                  1852     coll
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
This course is designed to give students an understanding of how to apply Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe After Effects CC and advance Adobe Photoshop CC techniques. Did you know that there are at least eight  different types of professional Graphic Designer? Students will explore some of the various paths of professional Graphic Designer including Visual Identity, User Interface (Ex. Web Design), Publication, Print (Ex. Screen printing), Motion (Ex. Animation), Marketing & Advertising, Environmental, and Art & Illustration. If you're a fan of digital drawing, anime or cartoons, and creating things- this is the course for you! Ever wonder how Graphic T-shirts are made? TRY printing some yourself!
Prerequisite:  Completion of Graphic Design I with a grade of C or better
College CreditRunning Start college credit is available through Nashua Community College
Graphic Design III                                1853    
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
This capstone pathway course is designed to give students understanding of how to apply advanced techniques in Adobe Illustrator CC and continue to advance skills in Adobe Photoshop CC. During Q1, students will review the career paths of Professional Graphic Design. For Q2, students will select one career path to focus to further research and demonstrate. Coursework will also include various Work Based Learning experiences, resume and cover letter building, internships, and job shadowing opportunities. Students have the opportunity to interact with industry specific people who can assist in the student's desired career path, as well as build a personalized portfolio to prepare them for the industry. 
Prerequisite: Graphic Design I & Graphic Design II with a grade of C or better
**23-24 Will be the last year this course will be offered.  The Graphic Design pathway will be modified in 24-25.
CTE Work Based Learning
1/2 Credit*              Grades: 11 - 12 
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is to give students enrolled in a CTE program the opportunity to explore careers & develop skills via workplace learning experiences outside the classroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of work, develop skills & attitudes and practice workplace competencies & technical skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path (related to their CTE program). Work Based Learning is a work-based situation which allows a student an opportunity for a real work experience in conjunction with a classroom teacher, a work-site mentor, and a Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator. This team will coordinate academic and occupational skills that a student will learn and apply on the job. Classwork is meant to supplement and complement the experience, therefore it is expected that students will attend class when scheduled and complete all work as assigned. Credits will be awarded based on satisfactory evaluations from their site supervisor, participation in seminars, completion of related assignments & the number of verified WBL hours. The student is expected to meet with the Career Development Specialist regularly during TASC.
Requirements: Students are required to meet all pre-employment & employment expectations (including all policies, rules, & regulations). This may include, but is not limited to, aptitude screenings, physicals, background checks, drug screenings, dress code, cell phone policy etc. WBL activities may take place during the school day or outside of school hours, paid and non paid. 
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1 year (2 credits) in a CTE program, 2.3 GPA or higher and passed all classes in the semester prior to the WBL experience; excellent attendance and discipline record; the ability to work independently; reliable transportation; and parent/guardian support and approval.

*Credit: based on hours completed (up to 1 credit per semester or summer)