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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Intermediate Graphic Communications
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Core Standards of the Course

Standard 1
Students will be able to understand the introduction to the graphics/printing industry.

Objective 1
Define the role of graphic communications.

Objective 2
Identify print markets and types of print businesses.

Objective 3
Describe major contributions in the history of printing.

Objective 4
Explore printing technologies.

Objective 5
Demonstrate the technical production flow from idea to finished product.


Standard 2
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate safe practices.

Objective 1
List safety rules involving chemicals and flammable liquids.

Objective 2
Read, comprehend and follow instructions on warning labels.

Objective 3
List the steps to be taken in case of injury in the lab.

Objective 4
Identify locations of first aid kit, eye wash station, MSDS and safety equipment.

Objective 5
Follow proper safety procedures and dress code when operating equipment.

Objective 6
Demonstrate common sense when working with others.

Objective 7
Pass general lab safety test.


Standard 3
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate design processes.

Objective 1
Understand the design process.

Objective 2
Define the principles and elements of design.

Objective 3
Identify typeface classifications and their uses.

Objective 4
Describe the anatomy of type.

Objective 5
Understand point size, leading, and alignment.

Objective 6
Measure type size and line weight in points.

Objective 7
Create a design for printing, applying the design process.


Standard 4
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate computer skills.

Objective 1
Select appropriate software types (i.e. word processing, page layout, paint, draw) and related applications.

Objective 2
Identify software interface features (i.e. panels, menus, dialog boxes).

Objective 3
Define hardware and hardware functions as they apply to the graphics industry.

Objective 4
Understand digital publishing technology.

Objective 5
Identify and determine appropriate file formats.

Objective 6
Install fonts.

Objective 7
Perform basic math skills.

Objective 8
Create an interactive PDF.


Standard 5
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate page layout.

Objective 1
Demonstrate operation of tools, panels, and menus in a page layout application (i.e. InDesign).

Objective 2
Change page layout software defaults.

Objective 3
Define layout elements (body text, display text, illustration and white space).

Objective 4
Demonstrate proper use of guides, margins, columns, gutters, and rows.

Objective 5
Know basic paper sizes and orientations (i.e. letter and tabloid).

Objective 6
Import and modify an image in a page layout program.

Objective 7
Measure linear dimensions in inches and fractions of an inch to 1/16”.

Objective 8
Comprehend crop and registration marks.

Objective 9
Define bleeds.

Objective 10
Output color separations.

Objective 11
Perform fraction to decimal conversions.

Objective 12
Create a multi‐page layout.


Standard 6
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate digital image editing.

Objective 1
Demonstrate operation of tools, panels, and menus in an image editing application (i.e. Photoshop).

Objective 2
Change image editing software defaults.

Objective 3
Understand the advantages & disadvantages of raster images.

Objective 4
Comprehend pixels, resolution, and interpolation.

Objective 5
Compare line art, continuous tone and halftone image types.

Objective 6
Capture an image (i.e. digital camera or scanner).

Objective 7
Understand metric prefixes as they relate to file size.

Objective 8
Identify color modes and their uses (i.e. RGB and CMYK).

Objective 9
Utilize multiple selection methods, layers, and channels.

Objective 10
Solve mathematical equations as they relate to pixels.

Objective 11
Edit a color raster image.


Standard 7
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate digital illustrations.

Objective 1
Demonstrate operation of tools, panels, and menus in an illustration application (i.e. Illustrator).

Objective 2
Change illustration software defaults.

Objective 3
Understand the advantages & disadvantages of vector images.

Objective 4
Comprehend process and spot colors.

Objective 5
Define trapping.

Objective 6
Solve ratio and percent equations.

Objective 7
Create and modify a vector image.


Standard 8
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate printing processes.

Objective 1
Classify the major printing process (flexography, lithography, screen, gravure, and digital).

Objective 2
Identify products produce by each of the major printing process.

Objective 3
Understand the concept of the image carrier for the major printing process.

Objective 4
Identify other graphics communication processes (i.e. vinyl, engraving, embroidery, etc).

Objective 5
Know substrate and basic paper grades (i.e. bond and cover).

Objective 6
Produce a multi‐color product.


Standard 9
Students will be able to understand and demonstrate finishing and binding processes.

Objective 1
Define finishing.

Objective 2
Identify finishing processes.

Objective 3
Define binding.

Objective 4
Identify binding processes.

Objective 5
Finish or bind a product.


Standard 10
Students will enhance their understanding of Graphic Communications as a profession and will develop professional skills for the workplace.

Objective 1
As a participating member of the SkillsUSA student organization, complete the SkillsUSA Level 2 Professional Development Program.

  1. Measure/modify short‐term goals.
  2. Identify stress sources.
  3. Select characteristics of a positive image.
  4. Demonstrate Government awareness.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of professional organizations.
  6. Apply team skills to a group project.
  7. Observe and critique team skills at a local professional meeting.
  8. Demonstrate business meeting skills.
  9. Explore workplace ethics: codes of conduct.
  10. Demonstrate social etiquette.
  11. Complete survey for employment opportunities.
  12. Review a professional journal and develop a three‐ to five‐minute speech.
  13. Complete a job application.
  14. Assemble an employment portfolio.
  15. Explore supervisory and management roles in an organization.
  16. Conduct a worker interview.
  17. Perform a self‐evaluation of proficiency in program competencies.

Objective 2
Serve in the school’s SkillsUSA chapter as a committee member.

Objective 3
Display a professional attitude toward the instructor and peers.



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