Learning Recommendations: This class is appropriate for students with or without experience in Photoshop or Illustrator.

General Description:  Explore Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as image manipulation and design tools. Learn how to use photos to create both art and business media. Apply principles of color theory and design. Learn how to use drawing programs and illustration tools to create special effects. Discover career and job opportunities that employ skills learned in this class.


  • Digital image manipulation
  • Utilizing digital cameras and scanners
  • Color theory
  • Design theory

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Direct instruction
  • Exploration

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.

CTE Dual Credit:  This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Bellevue College. Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade may be eligible to earn college credit through the Tech Prep program. Students MUST register for CTE Dual Credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable $50 annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  Yes, see Course/Club/Misc. Fee link

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.