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Learning Recommendations:  Graphic Design 1. In order to be successful, completing Graphic Design 1 with an A or B is recommended. Students taking this course should be competent using the pen tool in Illustrator, as well as the use of gradients, transparencies, fill/stroke, font manipulation, and effects. They should also be competent with layers masks in Photoshop in addition to transforming layers, using adjustments, using filters, and blending images.

General Description:  In an environment much like a professional production studio, students will use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as image manipulation and design tools to create print media. The class is divided into design teams, each of which will compete for print media jobs as needed for the school. Students will also complete scenario projects for class in order to learn about the elements of design. Product output includes screen printing a T-shirt, making a wood print, creating and printing a vinyl sticker, and making buttons.


  • Principles of design
  • Layout techniques
  • Color theory

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Hands on projects
  • Direct instruction
  • Team work

Homework:  This class does not have assigned homework. However, some students need extra work time for the in-class projects and will come during lunch, Wednesday mornings, or after school.

Course Fee / Materials:  $10 for supplies, Students need to provide a T-shirt for screen printing.

FINE ART CREDIT NOTE: This course counts as a fine art credit for graduation but may not meet the four-year college admissions requirement for Fine/Visual/Performing Arts.