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 Photoshop as well as drawing and layout programs, to design and print projects for real clients. Students will learn principles of design, layout techniques, and color theory. Student teams will manage the operation of the studio and monitor the quality of productions.


  • 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:  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.