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 the iMac
  7. Introduction to Google Drive on the iMac
  8. Typography Basics
  9. Typography Scavenger Hunt
  10. Introduction to the iPad
  11. Font to Word
  12. Word to Font
  13. Masters of Design // Adrian Frutiger
  14. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator in the iPad
  15. Emotive Typography
  16. Masters of Design // Jessica Hische
  17. Quote Decal
  18. Creativity (How to come up with ideas?)
  19. Monogram
  20. Creativity Test (How creative are you?)
  21. Copyright
  22. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop on the iPad
  23. Mini Me
  24. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  25. Masters of Design // Otl Aicher
  26. Text Portrait
  27. Layout and Composition
  28. Introduction to Adobe Spark
  29. #MyReasonWhy
  30. Introduction to Adobe Fresco
  31. Fresco Drawing
  32. Careers in Graphic Design
  33. Upload all your work to the Portfolio Website
  34. Portfolio Review

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