Advanced Graphic Design

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Design or Basics of Visual Communication
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may be repeated for credit)

Course Description

Students in this course will develop and further their skills in graphic design, project-management, team-work and leadership. Students use Adobe’s Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) to create various independent, group and community projects. Projects may include: Magazine design, book design, poster design, logo design, event branding and 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 Website
  4. What is good design?
  5. The Good vs. the Bad Design
  6. Introduction to the iMac
  7. Intoduction to Google Drive on the iMac
  8. Typography Basics
  9. iPad Operation & Handling
  10. Masters of Design // Adrian Frutiger
  11. Typography Scavengar Hunt
  12. Masters of Design // Jan Tschichold
  13. C-Wing Hallway Design
  14. Masters of Design // Paula Scher
  15. Introduction to Photoshop on the iPad
  16. Masters of Design // David Carson
  17. Double Exposure
  18. Masters of Design // Paul Rand
  19. Pixel Stretch
  20. Masters of Design // Jessica Hische
  21. Introduction to Illustrator on the iPad
  22. Quote Decal
  23. Masters of Design // Otl Aicher
  24. Text Portrait
  25. Masters of Design // Stefan Sagmeister
  26. Logo Design on the iPad
  27. Introduction to Adobe Fresco on the iPad
  28. Fresco Drawing
  29. Finalize Portfolio Website
  30. Portfolio Review

Other Ideas

  • Masters of Design
    • Neville Brody
    • Erik Spiekermann
    • Debbie Millman
    • Saul Bass
    • Milton Glaser
    • Alan Fletcher
    • Claude Garamond
    • Jacqueline Casey
  • Birthday Invite
  • Excuse Me
  • Design your own font
  • Create a brochure
  • Font Advertising Poster
  • Posters illustrated with the alphabet
  • Awareness Day Poster
  • Wildcat Apparel