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Terry Cuddy
(315) 253-0361 ext. 5118

Elaine Buchberger
Teacher Assistant

For additional information contact your high school guidance counselor.

The Graphic Design & New Media Program offers high school juniors and seniors broad-based instruction and hands-on experience in visual communications fields. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter college or begin entry-level employment in their chosen field. Students gain experiential knowledge and skills with emerging media technologies that apply to graphic design, illustration, digital photography, marketing, computer animation, web design, and video production. Students are encouraged to pursue continued education and will graduate from our program with a portfolio that demonstrates artistic and technical competency. This portfolio will have a web and/or video component that displays each student’s skills.


First Year

  • Macintosh OSX & Adobe Creative Suite
  • The Elements of Art
  • The Principles of Design
  • Drawing with Adobe Illustrator
  • Graphic Design Basics
  • History of Graphic Design
  • How to use a digital camera and scanner
  • Photo editing (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Page Layout (Adobe InDesign)
  • History of New Media (From Film to Interactive Websites)
  • Basic web design (Dreamweaver)
  • Basic animation with Flash
  • Basic digital video production (from script to DVD)
  • Potential Career Options
  • CTE Portfolio Development
  • Self-Promotion & Business Networking
  • NOCTI Certification Exam


Second Year

Individual Track Based System

All second year students will continue to learn the extensive range of electronic arts started in the first year. Each student will concentrate on a specific track for their Career & Technical Endorsement. This means the instructor will guide each student through their chosen track to prepare them for their respective internship, Adobe Certified Associate exam, college and ultimately her/his career.


Track 1 - Graphic Artist/Designer Print & Web

  • Advanced Adobe Illustrator
  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Advanced Adobe Photoshop
  • Advanced Typography
  • Advanced Adobe InDesign
  • Advanced Web Design (Dreamweaver)
  • Portfolio (Graphic Design) & Website


Track 2 - Media Artist/Designer Video & Animation

  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Advanced Adobe Photoshop
  • Advanced Animation (Flash & Adobe After Effects)
  • Advanced Digital Video Production (Adobe Premiere)


All second-year students will complete a Career and Technical Education Portfolio that exhibits necessary elements for CTE Endorsement and demonstrates competencies in Graphic Design & New Media.

Internship Experiences

Students can participate in an internship experience where they will apply their knowledge while working with professionals in authentic career settings. Students will have an opportunity to dialog with practitioners via guest presentations while developing professional insights and future educational plans.


College Credit Opportunities

  • Onondaga Community College (3 credits)
  • Cayuga Community College (3-6 credits)
  • Integrated English Credit - 12th Grade



  • Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication
  • NOCTI - Visual Communication & Multimedia Design

With BOCES & additional Training

  • Illustration
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Pre-Press Technician
  • Video Editing
  • Videography
  • Web Design
  • Animation
  • Commercial Photography
  • Film & Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Public Relations & Marketing





Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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