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delcastleDelcastle Technical High School

Prepares students for careers in the Printing industry with emphasis on operation of offset and screen printing presses, and instruction in pre-press software, imaging, estimating, sales, and graphic design.

Program Description

The Graphic Arts program of study will prepare students with the technical skills and practical experience to prepare and produce printed communications using offset, screen, and digital technologies. Students learn the fundamentals of graphic design and use software applications including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Quark XPress to prepare electronic files for output. First year studies include darkroom techniques, film assembly, and plate preparation. Students have hands-on experience with single and multiple color offset printing and screen-printing. Bindery finishing includes trimming, folding, padding, and stitching. Juniors have opportunity to work with “real” clients on “real” projects for the school and non-profit community, under the supervision of their instructors. Students develop a portfolio of printing projects. Eligible seniors are in demand for paid employment with local co-op employers, and through work experience, develop contacts and skills that lead to continued full-time employment or further training in the printing field.

Students may earn the following certifications:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS
  • Adobe Illustrator CS
  • Adobe ACE Specialist
  • Adobe ACE Master
  • ICIA Certified Technical Specialist

Employment opportunities following high school graduation:

  • Print Shops
  • Specialty Printing Centers