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


A – Classroom Introduction

  1. Student Questionnaire
  2. Course Introduction
  3. Classroom Introduction
  4. Classroom Computers
  5. Portfolio Cover Design
  6. Padlet
  7. Portfolio Creation

B – Graphic Design Basics

  1. What is Graphic Design?
  2. Great Graphic Design
  3. iPad Basics
  4. Careers in Graphic Design
  5. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  6. File Formats
  7. How do visuals affect you?
  8. How can you use visuals to “manipulate” customers?
  9. How to create thumbnail sketches?
  10. Printing Technologies

C – Introduction to Adobe Fresco

  1. Adobe Fresco Basics
  2. Fresco Drawing

D – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

  1. Adobe Illustrator Basics
  2. Kaleidotype
  3. Pictogram (include Masters of Design // Otl Aicher)
  4. Low Poly

E – Introduction to Typography

  1. Typography Basics
  2. Typography Scavenger Hunt
  3. Masters of Design // Adrian Frutiger
  4. Typograms

F – Introduction to Adobe InDesign

  1. Introduction to Adobe InDesign (needs some changes!)
  3. Layout and Composition
  4. Page Design Basics
  5. Me-Spread
  6. Advertising Design

Z – Classroom Checkout

  1. Knowledge Test
  2. Portfolio Completion
  3. Equipment Return
  4. Computer Checkout
  5. Gallery Walk