Course Description

CIP Code: 50.0402

Commercial and Advertising Art


This is a  program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.


Students in the Visual Communications program pursue studies in traditional media such as watercolor, pencil drawing, pen and ink, and air brush with an emphasis on illustration.  Work is also done in advanced color theory and design theory.


As reflected in the trend in the graphic design field, there is an ever-increasing emphasis on computer-generated art. Students work with Macintosh computers using such programs as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and 3D Software.

Course Content

Topics of Study include:

  • Orientation

  • Safety

  • Drawing and Illustration

  • Color Theory and Application

  • Digital Imaging

  • Design, Layout, and Production

  • Typography

  • Digital Photography

  • Professional Practices

Required Uniform & Materials

The CMTHS Required Visual Communications Program Uniform is:

  • Black Work Shirt


Materials: Students are required to purchase a supply kit through CMTHS that consists of:

  • 12 x 18" Presentation Portfolio book

  • 8 1/2 x11 sketchbook

  • Drawing pencils and erasers

  • Colored pencils

  • Paint brushes and mixing palettes

  • 5 GB USB Flash Drive

Related Occupations

  • Digital Designer

    • Multimedia Designer

    • Print Designer

    • App and Digital Platform Designer

    • Publications Designer

    • 3D Animator

  • Web Design and SEO

    • Web Designer/Search Engine Optimizer

    • Internet Marketer

  • Social Media Design

    • Online Producer

    • Internet Marketing Consultant

  • Photography and Video

    • Photographer

    • Commercial Photographer

    • Photography and Video Editor

    • Social New Editor

  • Traditional Arts

    • Fine Artist

    • Illustrator

    • Fashion Designer

Potential Certifications

Students in the Visual Communications Program may earn the following certifications:

  • NOCTI Commercial and Advertising Art PA

  • OSHA Certification

Post-Secondary Education

Recent graduates of Video, Music, and Sound Production are attending:

  • The Maryland School of Art and Design

  • Drexel University

  • The University of the Arts

  • Philadelphia University Art Institute

  • Tyler School of Art

  • Columbus College of Art and Design

  • Montgomery County Community College


Articulation Agreements are cooperative arrangements for granting admission and college credit to students who are continuing their education.  Central Montco Technical High School has articulated its programs with a wide range of colleges and technical schools resulting in college credit or priority placement for CMTHS students.

Click HERE and select Commercial and Advertising Art 50.0402 and your year of graduation to see what Articulation Agreements are available for this program of study.