Fees: $10

Learning Recommendations: None

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. 

This course is Tech Prep College Connections approved and articulated with Bellevue College or Lake Washington Technical 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 Tech Prep college credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable $46 annual consortium fee. Note: you must take BOTH Graphic Design 1 and Graphic Design 2 to be eligible for Tech Prep credit.


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Image manipulation
  • Color theory
  • Design theory


Students learn through a combination of:

  • Hands on projects
  • Direct instruction
  • Exploration

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.