Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Graphics Technology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Graphics Technology Graphic Communication Fundamentals Graphic Communication Production Graphic Communication Advanced Processes

Students who decide to enter the field of Graphics Technology in Grade 9 begin by learning the fundamentals of graphic design and printing. Each year students will cover shop safety before working on their first assigned project. Students will become familiar with the shop layout, machinery, tools, and gain a basic understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite. For their first year, students will begin to learn trade specific language, paper stock weights, ink types, typography terminology and bindery techniques.

In Grade 10, Graphics students will expand their abilities in layout, typography and design. Students will be asked to primarily use Adobe InDesign and Illustrator to complete many of their assignments. Students will be offered the opportunity to work on production work, as well as school-based production work; including but not limited to photography, printing, and working one-on-one with teachers and faculty. Graphics students will learn printing fundamentals such as CMYK vs RGB, color theory, post production skills and job pricing.

In Grade 11, Graphics students will further their knowledge of typesetting and typography. Student will be challenged with learning new planning techniques, participate in multiple group projects, and experiment using new mediums. Midway through the year Graphics students will expand their Adobe software knowledge using Adobe Animate (Flash) while creating animations. Students will begin learning how to present their projects to the class. Eligible students who obtain employment in the field are also able to participate in the school’s work-based learning program (WBL)

*more information can be found on our main website regarding the WBL program

In Grade 12,  Graphics students will be challenged with creating and designing many of their own projects including their end of the year capstone project. Students will learn how to screen print using brand new industry standard screen printing equipment. Their experience in the Adobe Creative Suite will be increased even further as they explore programs such as Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Most projects at this level are presented to the class upon completion. By year end students will have a solid understanding of the entire design process from start to finish including how to work with client requests, pricing out jobs, printing, and packaging. After completing the Graphics Technology program at OWTS, students will be prepared to enter both the workforce or continue their education in a 2 or 4 year college with a tremendous foundation in the field of Graphic design & printing.