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’s Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) to create various independent and group projects to benefit the school and broader community. Projects may include: Posters, Logos, Greeting Cards, Business Cards, Flyers, Advertisements, Greeting Cards, Book Cover Design and/or Portfolio Design.

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. 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. All About Me
  8. Introduction to the iPad
  9. Creativity (How to come up with ideas?)
  10. Creativity Test (How creative are you?)
  11. Typography Basics
  12. Typography Scavenger Hunt
  13. Refresher: iMac and Google Drive
  14. Masters of Design // Adrian Frutiger
  15. Word to Font
  16. Font to Word
  17. Font NOT to Word
  18. Introduction to GMETRIX
  19. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  20. Emotive Typography
  21. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  22. Low Poly (only for the computer – not the iPad)
  23. Masters of Design // Jessica Hische
  24. Text Portrait
  25. Layout and Composition
  26. Introduction to Adobe InDesign
  27. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  28. Greeting Card Design
  29. Masters of Design // David Carson
  30. Poster Design
  31. Careers in Graphic Design
  32. Upload all your work to the Portfolio Website
  33. Portfolio Review

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