Multimedia Design


Course Description:

In Multimedia Design, students learn to communicate to mass audiences, promoting products, events and ideas. Students use design principles, typography, illustration and computer skills to produce effective graphic communications. From television to cereal boxes, the visually propelling display of information dominates our modern lives. Never before has Design been at once so important and so pervasive.

Skills Learned:

At the Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center, you will develop the problem‐solving skills and conceptual thought processes that will prepare you for professional success in this dynamic area that spans many careers in the visual imaging field. In our visually oriented society, graphic designers benefit from an array of career opportunities in advertising, publishing, and other communications fields. The Commercial & Advertising Art Program trains graphic designers to creatively solve problems while acquiring the specific skills and experience they need to design magazine layouts, brochures, packaging, or corporate logos. Adobe design, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Related Occupations and Earnings:

Related occupations include Graphic Designer, Multimedia Producer, Illustrator Design, and Artist Educator. Earnings range between $12-$21/hour.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Westmoreland County Community College.


Mrs. Szymkiewicz – Commercial & Advertising Art
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1357
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
11:45am to 12:00pm
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

Suggested Prerequisites:

  • Art Courses
  • Adobe Design Software
  • Algebra I & II
  • Geometry
  • College Prep English I-IV

Industry & Skills Certifications:


Student Requirements:

  • Active Listening
  • Controlled Precision
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Fluency of Ideas
  • Expression
  • Visualization
  • Artistic Abilities
  • Creativity
  • Computer Skills
  • Good Attendance

Student Costs:

  • While art supplies are provided, it is suggested that you purchase at least a 64GB flash drive for large digital designs.

Text Book:

  • Graphic Designers Digital Tool Kit

Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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