PRINT AND GRAPHIC DESIGN IS A broad area that covers all ends of the creative spectrum. Being a broad area is its strength. It prepares students for an ever changing world by giving them the opportunity to learn creativity, innovation, independence, teamwork and resilience. When asked, employers consistently make problem solving/creativity, communication/teamwork, independence/initiative and resilience/adaptability the top skills they look for. Technology courses, by their nature, focus on these skills.
As well, VISUAL LITERACY is a crucial skill today. VISUAL LITERACY is the ability to derive meaning from images of everything that we see. It's a form of critical thinking and is important in our DIGITAL MEDIA world. With the rise of laptops, smartphones, tablets and other technologies DIGITAL MEDIA is perhaps the largest influence in our lives. With Print and Graphic Design, students develop visual literacy through analysis and project work. They also have the opportunity to gain the confidence and understanding to be successful in our digital world.
All of this is done in a full Mac Lab with some of the latest software, equipment and technology available. Creativity and Education - Why It Matters
“Human creativity is the ultimate economic resource.”
- Professor Richard Florida, head of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
GRAPHIC DESIGN COVERS or is involved with careers in all of the creative industries. Creative industries are those that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent. They cover profit and non-profit areas.
They include careers in the areas of:
- Game Design
- App/Web Design and Development
- Visual Designer (What's This?)
- Film and Video
- Television Broadcasting
- Software Design
- Computer Graphics
- Electronic Publishing
- Print Publishing
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts
- Designer Fashion
A career in a Graphic Design field is excellent for someone who is looking for the challenge of being an independent business person, or working within a large or small team with an established company.
Creative Earners Survey 2012-2013 - The Canadian survey of salaries in the Communications Design Industry, from the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).
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John-Paul Cote, BA, BEd, Dipl Broadcast Journalism
Teacher, Communications Technology
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