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  • A student practices calligraphy in the Advertising Design and Commercial Art class.Improve your drawing and painting skills in a variety of media.
  • Design eye-popping graphics for print and the web.
  • Use digital cameras to create stunning pictures and videos, and learn how to use programs like Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to edit like the pros.
  • Prepare a professional print and digital portfolio of your work for entrance into college or the workforce.

 Advertising student using a digital SLR camera 
Job Titles — Career Pathways

27-1013   Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
27-1014   Multi-Media Artists and Animators
27-1024   Graphic Designers
43-9031   Desktop Publishers

CTC knowledge transfers to college credit at:
Art Institute of Philadelphia
Berks Technical Institute
Butler County Community College
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Beaver County
Pennsylvania College of Technology

An Advertising Design and Commercial Art student creates a watercolor painting.

Student Certifications
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Certification
* Advertising Design & Commercial Art
ACA Illustrator – Graphic Design & Illustration
ACA InDesign – Print & Design Media Publication
ACA Photoshop – Visual Communication

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➤ For more detailed information about this program, including the grading policy, task list, etc., please refer to the course syllabus.

Mr. Simons, Advertising Design and Commercial Art instructorInstructor – Mr. Steve Simons

My high school art teacher helped me realize my potential as an artist and convinced me to study art in college. I graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and worked as a designer and art director in the Allentown/Bethlehem area after graduation. I decided to enter teaching as a way to pay respect to my high school art teacher and help students see their artistic potential the way my teacher did for me. Please feel free to contact me at

Education: B.F.A., Communication Design, Kutztown University

Certifications and Awards: Vocational Education I Certification in commercial art, Temple University

Work Experience: Designer and art director in Allentown/Bethlehem area; freelance designer; commercial arts instructor, Bethlehem Vocational Technical School

Hire Date: 1994

Community Service: Boys tennis coach at Muhlenberg High School

soar-logoSOAR programs of study prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s high demand and high wage careers.

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in its educational and vocational programs, activities, or employment as required by Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI.
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