Design and Visual Communication

Design and Visual Communications

The DVC program is a competency based program that prepares students for the visual design field. Using state of the art digital imaging, illustration, and page layout software and equipment, students learn to apply their creativity to multi-media image composing.

This computer-based program allows students to explore and develop their artistic and technical skills through the creation and presentation of graphic and multi-media projects. Students enhance their skills using software programs such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Students maintain an electronic portfolio and will work on projects such as newspaper ads, logos, multi-page four color publications and newsletters, as well as create products to market and promote. Students strengthen their skills in graphic design by creating brochures, business cards, as well as design an original game and a magazine. Students will also learn to create interactive websites and portfolios using InDesign.

Course Objectives

Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
• integrated academics through project based learning
• create a portfolio
• recognize career pathway opportunities
• interact safely in a shop environment
• incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
• read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
• organize and research information
• develop a professional appearance
• develop exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
• develop customer relations
• determine customers needs and process work orders


Vans Custom Culture Competition

Rob CollinsSeniors participated in the VANS Custom Culture design competition. They received 4 pair of VANS and had to design them following 4 themes: Art, Music, Local Flavor, and Action Sports. We got to visit Rob Collins ’11 (on the right) from Longmeadow, a DVC Alum who works for CONVERSE as a Marketing director at the HQ in Boston, MA where my student got to design and print custom artwork on shoes. What a great experience and how nice it was to see where a DVC alumni can end up in 5 years!Vans group Ctec

Josh Jerin ’16, Southwick
Carolyn Mingola’16, Southwick
Amy Gowey ’16, Easthampton
Gabby Martin ’16, Agawam






van shoes

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CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Design & Visual Communications:

CTEC NEWS – September and October 2015 Design & Visual Communications:

  • The students held a Yankee Candle fundraiser to raise funds for their annual New York City trip in the spring.
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term 1 – 2014
DVC newsletter 2014-15
term 2 – 2014
parent newsletter T2 2014-15
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DVC student work

Student Work 2014

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