This is an introductory, project-based class for those students interested in graphic art and design. This course will focus on print media and illustrate how the use of effective design helps to convey ideas and messages to an audience. Through the creation of various projects such as a collage, book cover, and magazine spread students will learn the basics of the Adobe visual design suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). Other topics covered in the class are typography and graphic design history. This class will prepare students with the knowledge needed to move up to Advanced Graphic Design where they will create specific print design projects, work collaboratively, and prepare to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam.
- Students will be able to demonstrate introductory level proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
- Students will be able to apply the Elements and Principles of Design to create successful designs and layouts.
- Students will develop design vocabulary and critique their own and others' designs.
- Graphic design is an integral part of our daily lives.
- Subtle and overt messages are conveyed to us through design.
- Visual culture influences our everyday choices, opinions and ideas.
- Copyright exists to protect artists and designers.
- What forms does graphic design take in our daily lives?
- How do artists use design to convey messages?
- How does our visual culture affect the choices we make?
- How does copyright function to allow for protection as well as artistic freedom?
Book Cover Redesign, 2017
Programs Used in Classroom:
- Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
- Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
- Adobe InDesign CC 2019
Materials Provided by Students:
- Designated class folder in Google Drive
- Flash Drive