Graphic Design

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may not be repeated for credit)

Course Description

Students in this course will be introduced to the basics of graphic design including: Typography, professional design software, elements and principles of design and design history. Students use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign to create various independent and group projects.

Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech Credit.

Required Material

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

Course Resources

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

Course Calendar


  1. Course Introduction
  2. Classroom Introduction
  3. Classroom Computers
  4. All About Me –> Add Portfolio Creation after this next term
  5. What is Graphic Design?
  6. Creativity
  7. Introduction to GMetrix
  8. Adobe Illustrator Part 1
  9. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  10. Kaleidotype
  11. Masters of Design // Otl Aicher
  12. Create an icon
  13. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  14. Low Poly in Illustrator
  15. Masters of Design // Adrian Frutiger
  16. Typography Scavenger Hunt
  17. Word Look
  18. Typograms
  19. Introduction to Adobe InDesign
  21. Masters of Design // Paula Scher
  22. Text Portrait in InDesign –> ???
  23. Layout and Composition
  24. Advertising Design
  25. Basics of Yearbook Spread Design
  26. Me-Spread
  27. Careers in Graphic Design
  28. Portfolio Website

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