NAC389.605. Graphic communications and production.  

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  • A course of study in graphic communications and production must be designed so that pupils meet the following performance standards by the completion of the final course of instruction:

         1. For the area of graphic communications and production industry:

         (a) Understand the importance of the history of that industry;

         (b) Understand the concept of the workflow process;

         (c) Understand the types of careers and the prospects for employment available in that industry;

         (d) Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship;

         (e) Demonstrate proficiency in the standard mathematical concepts used in that industry; and

         (f) Effectively estimate all costs associated with a graphic communications and production project.

         2. For the area of advertising and design:

         (a) Demonstrate knowledge of copyright and intellectual property laws related to the graphic communications and production industry;

         (b) Demonstrate knowledge of typography and its application;

         (c) Demonstrate various techniques for page layouts using a variety of graphic communications and production applications;

         (d) Identify and apply the elements and principles of design; and

         (e) Understand the importance of selecting a substrate as it relates to design.

         3. For the area of creation of a digital file:

         (a) Demonstrate and use standard software applications of the graphic communications and production industry for design;

         (b) Compare and contrast a variety of file formats and their uses and applications;

         (c) Understand and use various techniques for capturing digital images;

         (d) Understand how to create a digital image;

         (e) Understand how to use portable document format files; and

         (f) Use the appropriate software to preflight files.

         4. For the area of sending digital files to output devices:

         (a) Identify, select and operate the appropriate output device;

         (b) Describe and apply imposition techniques;

         (c) Perform basic maintenance on output devices; and

         (d) Demonstrate knowledge of digital production printing.

         5. For the area of offset press operations:

         (a) Identify and perform offset press operations;

         (b) Explain the functions of a lithographic plate;

         (c) Identify and explain the basic systems of an offset press;

         (d) Perform proper make-ready procedures;

         (e) Differentiate between the uses of single-color and multi-color printing presses; and

         (f) Demonstrate the proper maintenance procedures for offset presses.

         6. For the area of screen print technology:

         (a) Understand and demonstrate the processes of screen print technology and the production of screen prints;

         (b) Understand frames and the processes of screen preparation;

         (c) Select and apply the appropriate stencil system;

         (d) Print a substrate using proper screen printing techniques; and

         (e) Practice the proper procedures for cleanup and maintenance.

         7. For the area of binding and finishing operations and equipment, understand the appropriate procedures for binding.

         8. For the area of environmental health, safety and first-aid procedures:

         (a) Identify and follow appropriate environmental health, safety and first-aid procedures;

         (b) Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements and opportunities that are available for recycling and reusing in the community in which the pupil lives;

         (c) Understand the laws and regulations governing the graphic communications and production industry, including, without limitation, local laws and regulations, and any rules or regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor;

         (d) Demonstrate knowledge of material safety data sheets;

         (e) Understand the emergency procedures of the classroom and the school in which the pupil is enrolled, including, without limitation, the applicable emergency plan; and

         (f) Demonstrate the proper use of personal protective equipment.

     (Added to NAC by Bd. of Education by R024-12, eff. 9-14-2012)