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Graphic Design

General Description

Prerequisite: Drawing 1-2, Art & Design, Photography, Digital & Commercial, Video Productions, or Woodworking/CAD/Digital Media/Technology.  This is not an introductory art class: students are expected to enter this class having basic drawing and technology skills.

This course is designed for students to apply creative and digital art making techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial designs. Students will be instructed in the design process, computer-assisted art and design using Adobe Creative Suite programs, printmaking, concept sketching, color theory, typography, studio techniques, communication skills, and commercial art business operations. This art class integrates art history, theory, and the elements and principles of design with art production.

Units of instruction may include fashion graphics, logos, posters, advertising and packaging design, illustration, and business cards.  This course is designed to teach an appreciation for the techniques, vocabulary, problem solving methods, research, analysis, and applications of design used in creating meaningful art. This art class integrates art history and the elements and principles of design with art production. Emphasis is on two-dimensional and digital art. Units will include: style abstraction, still-life drawing, portrait/life drawing, design and compositional techniques, personal voice and thematic work, and creativity development. Career opportunities are explored throughout the year, and students will build a digital portfolio online.


  • Contemporary Art exploration
  • Illustration
  • Safety Training & Career Exploration
  • Use of Elements & Principles of Design
  • Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator 
  • Web Portfolio
  • Design Process based Project Learning
  • Researching, creating, presenting, collaborating, analyzing, critiquing, and refining
  • Professional Practices in Preparing & Publicly Exhibiting Art

Theory of Action

The Fine Visual Arts department as a whole  are committed to ensuring that all our students have authentic and in depth experiences with art media which will help them be successful inside the classroom, within the district, and the community.  It is our ongoing mission to help students create, communicate, and collaborate as they engage the art learning environment.  The department has found these actions will  motivate students to have perceptions and be effective communicators in the arts.