This program develops student's skills in hardware assembly and set-up, including: installation of hard drives, interface cards, network cards, monitors, keyboards, modems, and other common pieces of hardware found on most computers. System operating software will be installed and debugged to insure proper system operation. Application software will by loaded on personal computer systems and configured to user needs. In addition, students will configure and administer their own network using a variety of hardware and operating systems.
Students will be introduced to the various processes required in producing graphic visuals for print media. Graphic Arts students will study introduction to Macintosh computers and its applications, design and layout, typography, color theory, offset printing, digital photography, and screen printing.
Students develop real world skills through the operation of specialized equipment and projects. Areas of instruction include: communication ethics, safety, history, 35mm, medium and large format photography, and digital editing. Students will also learn methods of studio lighting and electronic lighting effects.
This program is designed to qualify students for entry level employment in the radio and television broadcasting, electronic journalism, audio-visual media, internet webcasting, and related fields. Students operate WQNA 88.3 FM radio station, CACC TV production studio, and the internet-based Illinois Student Network.