COURSE CODE: 8458

Graphic Communications Systems

SCED Code: 11155
Virginia Extended Description: 36
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: TSA

This course provides experiences related to a wide range of tools and materials used to reproduce information and images. Students develop competencies in message design, composition and assembly, and message transfer and product conversion. Various digital and print output techniques and devices are used to develop concepts into finished products. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Audio and Video Technology and Film
  • Audio-Video Designer, Engineer
  • Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
  • Producer
Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Art Director
  • Editor
Printing Technology
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Job Printer
  • Prepress Technician
  • Press Operator
  • Production, Planning, Expediting Clerk
Visual Arts
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Media Planner, Buyer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
  • Photographic Process Technician
  • Textile Designer

Pathway Occupation
Marketing Communications
  • Art Director
  • Copy Writer
  • Media Planner, Buyer
Marketing Management
  • Art Director
  • Entrepreneur
  • Media Planner, Buyer
Professional Sales
  • Media Planner, Buyer

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