Graphic Design 1

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may be repeated for credit)

Course Description

Students who take this course for the first time will be introduced to the basics of graphic design including: Typography, professional design software, elements and principles of design and design history. Students who re-take this course develop and further their skills in graphic design, project management, teamwork and leadership. 

Students use Adobe’s Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and other design software to create various independent and group projects with some of them benefiting the school and broader community.

Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech Credit.

Taken Graphic Design before? Check here for the advanced assignments.

Required Material

  • Chromebook or other type of computer
  • Headphones
  • iPad (can be checked out from the school)

Course Resources

  • Learning Website
  • Adobe Website
  • other texts and websites applicable to the field

Course Calendar


  1. Course Introduction
  2. What is Graphic Design?
  3. Portfolio
  4. What is a good design?
  5. The Good vs. The Bad Design
  6. Introduction to Adobe Spark
  7. Quote Decal
  8. Copyright
  9. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop on the iPad
  10. Mini Me
  11. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  12. Text Portrait
  13. Creativity (How to come up with ideas?)
  14. Creativity Test (How creative are you?)
  15. Typography Basics
  16. Typography Scavenger Hunt
  17. Font to Word
  18. Emotive Typography
  19. Word to Font
  20. Monogram
  21. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator in the iPad
  22. Logo
  23. Elements of Art & Principles of Design
  24. Composition
  25. My Reason Why
  26. Introduction to Adobe Fresco
  27. (a fun drawing in Adobe Fresco)
  28. Careers in Graphic Design
  29. The Technicals (File Formats, Size, Vector vs. Raster, etc.)
  30. Portfolio Review

Other Ideas

  • Font Ad Graphic
  • Handlettering
  • Excuse Me
  • Typogram
  • Splash of Color
  • Pixelstretch
  • Double Exposure
  • Surreal Composite
  • Font Design
  • Inspirational Quote
  • Brand Identity
  • Poster about a Designer
  • How do visuals affect you?
  • How can you use visuals to “manipulate” customers?
  • how to create thumbnail sketches?
  • Awareness Post
  • Sticker
  • Graphic Design Keywords
  • Printing Technologies