Visual Communications

Related Occupations

  • Art Director

  • Production Artist

  • Pre-Press Designer

  • Web Designer

  • Multi-media Design

  • Flash Designer

  • Print Advertising

  • Digital Retouching

  • Print Preparation

  • Mechanical Artist

  • Photo Manipulation

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Video Production

Potential Certifications

  • Commercial and Advertising Art PA

  • OSHA Certification

Post-Secondary Education

All CMTHS programs integrate college preparatory coursework with an emphasis on technical skills.  Recent graduates from the Commercial Art  program are attending Maryland School of Art and Design, Drexel, University of the Arts, Philadelphia University, Art Institute, Tyler School of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design and Montgomery County Community College.

Course Description

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


Computer based studies continue with an emphasis on graphic design, or design to a printed end.


Visual Communications students are also introduced to photography using the most current technology. Most of the students completing the Visual Communications course continue their education at the college level or at other post-secondary art schools.

Course Content

Some of the media studied include pencil drawing, pen and ink rendering, watercolor painting, airbrush, and digital photography. As reflects 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, QuarkXPress, Flash, Dreamweaver and 3D Software.

    Students will also have an opportunity to work with a four color textile printing machine which teaches the students to take a design job from start to finish and actually sell their final products.


Learning Environment

In a new, state-of-the-art facility, a caring and highly qualified professional staff share their skills while challenging and encouraging their students.  Many of the instructors have established high profiles in their fields of expertise prior to becoming teachers.  Students not only get to know their teachers, but the teachers get to know them and respond to their individual needs as they extend their support and enthusiasm while preparing students for the future.  The students are able to obtain a variety of state and nationally recognized certifications and licenses.


Student Organizations
Students have the option to participate in two nationally recognized career and technical student organizations – SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).  Students can compete at the district, state and national levels.


Central Montco Technical High School  has allocated in excess of $750,000 in financial aid to graduating seniors.


National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. 


Articulation Agreements
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.  Contact our guidance department for more information.

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Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


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Central Montco Technical High School does not discriminate in its education programs, activities or employment practices based on sex, color, national origin, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, political opinions or affiliations, or lawful activity in any employee organization. Central Montco Technical High School provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For information about your civil right and grievance procedures, contact Larry Byron, Equal Rights Coordinator, (610) 277-2301.


La Escuela Secundaria Técnica Montco Central no discrimina en sus programas de educación, actividades o prácticas de empleo basadas en sexo, origen en color, nacional, raza, orientación sexual, discapacidad, edad, religión, ascendencia, opiniones políticas o afiliaciones, o actividad legal en ninguna organización de empleado. La Escuela Secundaria Técnica Montco Central ofrece un acceso equitativo a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. Para obtener información acerca de su derecho civil y de los procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese Larry Byron, Coordinadora de Igualdad de Derechos, (610) 277 -2301.