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CTE/Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Curriculum Introduction to 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 graphic communications.

Objective 2
Define printing and identify products produced by printing.

Objective 3
Identify major contributions in the history of printing.

Objective 4
Explain basic 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.

Objective 4
Understand point size, leading and alignment.

Objective 5
Create a design for printing.


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

Objective 1
Understand 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.

Objective 4
List file types, file formats, and image types.

Objective 5
Perform basic math skills.

Objective 6
Create a PDF.


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

Objective 1
Know basic operations of tools, panels, and menus in a page layout application (i.e. InDesign).

Objective 2
Define layout elements (i.e. body type, display type, illustrations, and white space).

Objective 3
Demonstrate proper use of rulers, guides, and margins.

Objective 4
Import an image into a page layout program.

Objective 5
Measure linear dimensions in inches and fractions of an inch to 1/8.

Objective 6
Perform fraction to decimal conversions.

Objective 7
Create a page layout.


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

Objective 1
Know basic operations of tools, panels, and menus in an image editing application (i.e. Photoshop).

Objective 2
Define pixels and resolution.

Objective 3
Understand the advantages & disadvantages of raster images.

Objective 4
Acquire a raster image.

Objective 5
Solve mathematical equations as they relate to pixels.

Objective 6
Edit a raster image.


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

Objective 1
Know basic operations of tools, panels, and menus in an illustration application (i.e. Illustrator).

Objective 2
List the advantages & disadvantages of vector images.

Objective 3
Select and modify a vector image.

Objective 4
Solve ratio and conversion problems.

Objective 5
Create 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
Determine products produced by each of the major printing process.

Objective 3
Identify the image and non‐image area on an image carrier.

Objective 4
Define substrate.

Objective 5
Print a product.


Standard 9
Students will gain an understanding of Graphic Communications as a profession and will develop professional skills for the workplace.

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

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  1. Complete a self‐assessment inventory and identify individual learning styles.
  2. Discover self‐motivation techniques and establish short‐term goals.
  3. Determine individual time‐management skills.
  4. Define future occupations.
  5. Define awareness of cultural diversity and equity issues.
  6. Recognize the benefits of conducting a community service project.
  7. Demonstrate effective communication skills with others.
  8. Participate in a shadowing activity.
  9. Explore what is ethical in the workplace or school.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in program competencies.
  11. Explore what is ethical in the workplace or school.
    • State the SkillsUSA motto.
    • State the SkillsUSA creed.
    • Learn the SkillsUSA colors.
    • Describe the official SkillsUSA dress.
    • Describe the procedure for becoming a SkillsUSA officer.

Objective 2
Understand the role graphic communications and relate career opportunities.

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



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Email:  thalea.longhurst@schools.utah.gov

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