Course Overview: This course provides students with an understanding of the processes and systems common to careers in publishing, printing, and other forms of media distribution. Representative topics include graphic design concepts; art and copy preparation; image generation and editing; desktop publishing; on-demand publishing; magazine layout; advertising and promotion; printing technology; and binding and finishing.
Students will be committed to lifelong learning as they grow individually, participate in groups, think analytically, create artistic products, and contribute to production of a major project. Students will learn illustration design software such as Adobe Illustrator, photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, and page layout software such as Adobe InDesign to create projects that will be printed in traditional and digital formats.
Graphic Design 1 Description: Students will learn through various lessons, activities, and projects, the fundamentals of gestalt principles, design & color theory, the design process and basic understanding of typography. Students are exposed to various artists and graphic designers; we compare their art and designs in regards to design principles and theory. Students will be given an introduction into the Adobe Creative Suite with a focus on Adobe Illustrator which is a vector based drawing program.
Graphic Design 2 Description: Students will further enhance their knowledge of gestalt, design & color theory, the design process, and typography with class activities and lessons. They will then apply it to a portfolio-style assessment along with interdepartmental projects with other classes such as the English department. The main software focus for these students will be Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign, thus enhancing their career skills further with the Adobe Creative Suite.