Design & Media Communications

Associated Teachers/Faculty

Ms. Tessa Amoroso, Mr. Mark Blanchette, Mr. John Mejia, and Ms. Gina Williams

Career Program Description

Design and Media Communications is a course of study that prepares students for a multitude of employment opportunities in the visual communications fields of both traditional publishing methods and new and emerging electronic media. Students design effective communications using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud design software and advanced Macintosh computer hardware. There is a student-run copy center that trains students in customer service and business-related procedures.  Students are trained in the electronic field of DTP and WEB development using up-to-date advanced software such as InDesign. Students are also taught to properly prepare for output and manage files. Scanning procedures, image manipulation, and color correction for both digital and printed photographs are taught as well.  This course also will provide students with a basic understanding of the printing industry, its history, and the impact that printing has had on society.  Students will obtain entry-level skills in all aspects of graphic communications, get exposure and hands-on experience with screen printing, digital printing, wide-format printing, bindery operations. Students will also learn in theory about other printing processes such as relief, flexography, screen printing, and gravure.  

Students will have the opportunity to become Adobe Certified in Photoshop and Illustrator. After successfully completing the practice tutorials they will take the Adobe Associate exam.

This course also will provide students with a basic understanding of the printing industry, its history, and the impact that printing has had on society. Students will obtain entry-level skills in all aspects of graphic communications, get exposure and hands-on experience with screen printing, digital printing, bindery operations, and an introductory level to TV Broadcast and video production. Students will also have a theory portion that will cover additional information in these areas.

Career Paths

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Motion Graphic Artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Advertiser
  • Video Producer
  • Videographer
  • Film Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Press Operations
  • Digital Printing
  • Wide Format Printing
  • Prepress and Preflight
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Digital Photography
  • Web Design
  • Screen Printing

Certifications

  • OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
  • Adobe Certification

Industry Partnerships

  • Danvers Community Access TV
  • Peabody Access TV
  • Lightstream
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department
  • SkillsUSA
  • Staples Print & Design
  • Peabody Access TV
  • Danvers Cable Access TV
  • Lightstream
  • Lightshed Photography
  • Shawmut Communications
  • Saugus Embroidery
  • Ben Franklin Tees
  • White Light Design

Articulation Agreements

  • Central Maine Community College
  • Southern Maine Community College
  • North Shore Community College

Meeting Documents

Advisory Committee Members

Jessica Bukhovko
Michael Chiusano, Chiusano Photography
Catherine Chiusano, MIT
Jay Duchin Durchin, Productions
Robert Haigh, Access AV
Kathy Kilroy-Moran
Al Mallette, Lightstream
Angel McRae-Damato, Reading Elementary School
Ken McTague, Concept Signs
Lisa O’Brien, Photographer
Linda Thompson, Pitman

Alumni Spotlight

Angel McRae-Damato, Class of 2008

Accomplishments since 2008

  • Earned BA in Art Education
  •  Illustrated a book for a local author
  • Freelanced commissioned pieces ranging from banners, tattoo concepts, decorations, and so much more.
  • Collaborated with another alumnus who created an Exquisite Corpse Accordion with several artists that displayed at Mass Art
  • Became a Lead Teacher/Art Specialist in an extended day program

“The years I spent in DVC were under the influence of amazing teachers and friends, where I forged partnerships I still maintain today. I was instilled with work ethics, values, and quality of workmanship, all while under the pressure of deadlines. This proved to be invaluable training as I entered college and the working world with a wealth of practical skills and knowledge.”

 

Kirstin MorseClass of 2010

Where are they now? Staples

What is their job title? Print & Marketing Manager

“Essex North Shore opened my eyes to the endless possibilities within Graphic Design and the confidence to explore them. I cannot accurately describe the impact Mr. Blanchette & Ms. Brunaccini had on my high school career/experience and the years since. When people talk about teachers who inspired them and changed their lives, I can only think of these two individuals who are so deserving. I am forever grateful for them and even more grateful that we have stayed in touch.”