Hart Career Center
Graphic Arts

In HCC's Graphic Arts program, students will learn Adobe design software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Using this software, students will learn to draw and paint on the computer, as well as manipulate photographs. Students will work with real world clients to create logos, flyers, posters, brochures, and much more. Additionally, students will learn how to do large format inkjet printing, vinyl sign cutting and mounting, and even t-shirt screen-printing. Students will work towards becoming an Adobe Certified Associate.

Photography can be taken separately or in conjunction with Graphic Arts Occupations. This class introduces the use of a digital SLR camera. Students are exposed to the history of photography and creatively explore the many genres. Students will use Adobe Photoshop to edit and process their photos for digital or print use.

Graphic Arts students participate in SkillsUSA.

Courses
Introduction to Graphic Arts (1 Hour) (C6168)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Introduction to Graphic Arts is intended for students with an interest in graphic design. The course will give a basic overview of digital design for the print industry and its related careers. Students will be introduced to the principles and elements of design and will gain an introductory knowledge of design applications and industry standards. The course will cover general use of the digital camera, while introducing various Adobe applications like Photoshop and Illustrator. Students enrolled in the course will become members of SkillsUSA student organization. Graphic Arts Occupations will follow modified Missouri Department of Education Competencies as well as the PrintED/SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competencies.

Graphic Arts Occupations I (3 Hour) (C6163)
Credit(s): 3 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites (suggested): English II with C or higher, Intro to Visual Art, strong basic math and communication skills and or instructor/director/counselor approval

Graphic Arts Occupations I students learn the design process, elements and principles of design and printing applications as well as the fundamentals of the Mac OS using Adobe design applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat. The class will focus on visual communication using typography, color and composition to develop design skills suited for print media. Students will learn the design process through individual projects including personal logos, business cards brochures, vinyl stickers and other types of print media. Students enrolling in this course should have a strong interest in subjects such as visual and commercial art, advertising, multimedia design, printing press and screen-printing operations. Students enrolled in the course will become members of SkillsUSA student organization. Graphic Arts Occupations will follow modified Missouri Department of Education Competencies as well as the PrintED/SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competencies.

Graphic Arts Occupations II (3 Hour) (C6166)
Credit(s): 3 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Arts Occupations I

Graphic Arts Occupations II students will refine their design and printing skills learned in Graphic Arts Occupations I. Continued use of Adobe applications will enhance skills from previous classes. A broad project base will expose the student to many areas of the print industry. Students will continue to create logos, brochures, advertisements, vinyl banners and stickers as well as learn new printing processes like screen-printing, sublimation and large format printing. This class will focus on real-world, team based projects throughout the year allowing students to work with clients while building valuable employability skills. Each student will complete the class with a digital portfolio suitable for use when applying for employment and college design programs.

Successful completion of this two-year program will allow students to meet PrintED/SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competencies. Articulation agreements with Moberly Area Community College allow students to earn college credit after completing a full two years in this vocational program. Students who take this course for one year will also benefit from the experience that will prepare them for the workforce. Students completing this program should plan to further their knowledge in either a 2 or 4 year college, or transition to entry-level positions in the Graphic Arts industry. Students enrolled in the course will become members of SkillsUSA student organization. Graphic Arts Occupations will follow modified Missouri Department of Education Competencies as well as the PrintED/SkillsUSA Graphic Communications competencies.

Faculty

Carley Ezell joined the HCC staff in 2014.