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

  • OHHS Google Account
  • Chromebook or other type of computer

Course Resources

Course Calendar

Course Overview (tentative)

Unit 1 – Introductions

  1. All About Me // Welcome Back Wednesday
  2. Course Overview 
  3. Classroom Introduction
  4. Google Drive
  5. Adobe Account
  6. Lynda Account
  7. Portfolio Website

Unit 2 – Graphic Design Basics

  1. What is Graphic Design?
  2. Careers in Graphic Design
  3. What is good design?
  4. Graphic Design Keywords
  5. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  6. Elements of Art
  7. Principles of Design
  8. Typography Basics
  9. Copyright and Ethics

Unit 3 – Software Basics

  1. Adobe Spark
  2. Photopea
  3. Adobe Mobile Apps

Unit 4 – Projects

  1. Typogram
  2. Handlettering
  3. Postcard with a Message
  5. Safety Measures Poster
  6. Poster about a Designer
  7. Door Decal
  8. Sticker

Want more projects? Go to the page for Graphic Design 2 to pick and choose.

Unit 5 – Closing

  1. Finalize Portfolio Website
  2. Portfolio Presentations
  3. Classroom Checkout