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. iMac and Google Drive
  4. All About Me
  5. What is Graphic Design?
  6. What is a good design?
  7. Creativity
  8. Masters of Design // Adrian Frutiger
  9. Typography Basics
  10. Typography Scavenger Hunt
  11. Word Look
  12. Typogram
  13. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
  14. Kaleidotype
  15. Masters of Design // Otl Aicher
  16. Create an icon
  17. A Brief History of Graphic Design
  18. One of these ideas:
    1. ? Emotive Typography in Ai –> two layers
    2. ? Self-Portrait as Comic
    3. ? Low Poly in Illustrator
  19. Introduction to Adobe InDesign with LearnKey
  20. Text Portrait in InDesign
  21. Masters of Design // Paula Scher
  23. The Technicals
  24. Advertising Graphic
  25. Layout and Composition
  26. Macro Typography
  27. Basics of Yearbook Spread Design
  28. Me-Spread
  29. Careers in Graphic Design
  30. Portfolio Website

Other Ideas

  • How do visuals affect you?
  • How can you use visuals to “manipulate” customers?
  • How to create thumbnail sketches?
  • Sticker
  • Masters of Design // Jessica Hische
  • Handlettering
  • Printing Technologies