• Graphic Communications

    The Graphic Communications program prepares students for employment opportunities where they learn to take an idea from concept to completion. To understand the principles of design, prepress, production and packaging along with the printing processes of digital, offset, screening and various bindery equipment. Students will design and produce products using the latest Adobe Creative Suite software and Macintosh computers. Outputting design files to wide format printer/cutters, digital copiers, vinyl cutters, screen printing, and embroidery. Students rotate through the areas of the program that are dedicated to hands-on learning experiences like our student-run copy center that trains students in customer service, job logging and pricing. Juniors and Seniors may also participate in the school’s Cooperative Education program and work in a variety of printing establishments and obtain valuable on-the-job training. Curriculum also includes estimating, machine and chemical safety, maintenance and management.

    Program Highlights

    Careers Pathways

    • Prepress/Electronic Prepress
    • Bindery/Finishing
    • Digital Image Preparation
    • Digital Image Assembly/Plate making
    • Film Assembly/Process Camera
    • Desktop Publishing
    • Color – Function/Chemistry
    • OSHA 10-Hour Safety Credentials
    • Estimating/Scheduling/Managing
    • Certification Opportunities
    • Applied Graphic Arts Mathematics, Science and Theory
    • Digital Printer
    • Digital Platemaker
    • Layout and Design
    • Plant Management
    • Graphic Arts Sales - Materials/Supplies/Services
    • Computer Typesetter
    • Proofreader
    • Preflight Operator
    • Press Operator
    • Bindery and Finishing
    • Desktop Publishing
    • Electronic Prepress


    The Graphic Arts program offers students certificates of achievement in Graphic Arts skills through Print Ed, sponsored by the nationally recognized Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. These certificates are in the areas of Digital Image Presentation, Finishing and Binding, Image Assembly and Platemaking, and Press Operations, and include both initial and advanced certifications in most areas.

    Tech Prep articulation agreements exist with several colleges for students to receive credit for coursework completed while at Shawsheen.