School of Communication Arts

The Best of Both Creative Worlds: Art & Technology

Students in the School of Communication Arts receive instruction in commercial work environments and advanced laboratories. Here they are encouraged and challenged to express their creativity in the various forms of communication from fine art to graphic design and video production.


  • Art Director
  • Videography
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Sound & Lighting Technician
  • Printing Technologies
  • Audio/Video Designers & Engineers
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Radio & TV Announcer
  • Camera/Technical Operation


Exciting Learning Environments
Instruction is provided to Communication Arts students in an impressive environment utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.
Graphic Arts: Mac & PC computer labs fully equipped with color copiers, laser color printers, vinyl sign fabricators, and an array of industry standard software (including Adobe Creative Suite).
Advertising Art & Design: Two advertising art production labs, drafting & light tables for hand work, computers with the latest versions of production software.
Video Production: Mac & PC computer labs, a professional video studio, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, full video production stage with multi-platform capacity for both analog and digital formats, and more.

Professional Instructors
School of Communication Arts instructors have professional experience in the given areas, offering the latest techniques and technology used in today’s workplace.

"College Connection Program" Earning College Credits in High School
The school of Communication Arts is affiliated with the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Bergen Community College, Passaic County Community College, Berkely College. Upon completion of the program, students from the Advertising Art & Design and Graphic Arts fields can earn up to 18 college credits through the STEM Grant with Passaic County Community College, 12 credits with Berkley Colle, and 6 credits from Bergen Community College towards their Communication Arts Major.


School of Communication Arts Curriculum

Graphic Arts
Advertising Art and Design
Audio/Video Production

Students select one of the above as a career path major

  9th Grade
Communication Arts Level I

English I
Algebra I
Geophysical Science
World Language I
World History
Physical Education/Health

10th Grade
Communication Arts Level II

English II
Algebra II
Biology or Applied Physics
World Language II
Physical Education

11th Grade
Communication Arts Level III

English III
U.S. History I
Physical Education/Health

12th Grade
Communication Arts Level IV

English IV
U.S. History II
Physical Education/Health


NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals.
Most instructors have years of career experience within the selected field of study and maintain professional relationships with regional industry leaders.'



Organizational Affiliations
All Communication Arts students join SkillsUSA, a national vocational organization. The program has also partnered with local Design Firms, print houses, and production studios to provide job shadowing opportunities and industry trends.

College Affiliations
Some of PCTI’s higher education affiliates include: The Art Institute of Philadelphia, William Paterson University, Berkeley College, Passaic County Community College, NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), School of Visual Arts, Pratt, Montclair, and Bergen Community.

Students graduate from the Advertising Art & Design and the Graphic Arts program with the Visual Communication Adobe Certified Associate.

School-to-Careers Experience
PCTI maintains a very strong and supportive School-to-Careers program, offering 9th, 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid position in the workplace. Hundreds of students participate. . . and hundreds of business leaders support our efforts by employing our students.

Awards and Honors
  • NJAFPA Cover Design Contest Winner
  • Center City Mall exhibit
  • William Paterson Art Start Competition
  • 1st Place VFW Patriotic Art Contest
  • 1st Place Ladies Auxiliary Art Contest
  • Commissioned work for private sector
  • 1st Place Arbor Day Contest
  • Passaic County Film Commission Logo Design - 1st place
  • 1st Place - 8th Congressional District Art Award (artwork on display in Capital Building, Washington, DC)
  • Dozens of public relations publications, printed by Graphic Arts, have been honored with Awards of Merit and Excellence at the state and national levels.
  • Passaic County Film Commission Logo Design – 1st place
  • 1st Place Logo design for New Jersey Fish & Gaming Commission
  • 1st Place - 8th Congressional District Art Award (artwork on display in Capital Building, Washington, DC)
  • Dozens of public relations publications, printed by Graphic Arts, have been honored with Awards of Merit and Excellence at the state and national levels.
  • Art Exhibits: Lambert Castle Art Exhibit, Hawthorne Library, Capital Building, Multi Mediums
  • Student artwork exhibit / 3 time winner of NJSBA Fall Convention Award of Excellence
  • Skills USA winner at the local, regional, state and national level
  • Over 90% success rate in Adobe Certification Exams
  • Passaic County Film Festival Winners
  • Montclair Film Festival recognition
  • Alliance for Community Media - Hometown Festival “Passaic Tech Today”
  • Vans Custom Culture Contest top 10 Northeast region