Intro to Graphic Design Class Handbook | Mrs. Wong | Room 200H

Contact Info

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Monday & Tuesday, 2:20 - 3:20pm, Room 145/200H
  • Red Day CDS, Room 200H
Jacob C., Poster for a Cause, 2015


This is a class for students interested in graphic art and design and Adobe software. This course will illustrate how design supports mediums such as magazines, books, posters and CD covers and how the Adobe visual design suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) can help artists create materials for these mediums. Other topics covered will be typography and the history of graphic design. Students will leave this class with a solid introduction to the basics of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and they will begin to touch on some elements with Adobe Illustrator.

Semester Goals:

  • 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.

Enduring Understandings:

  • 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.

Essential Questions:

  • 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
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC

Materials Provided by Students:

  • Designated class folder in Google Drive
  • Flash Drive
James D., Poster for a Cause, 2016

Classroom Expectations

In the Classroom:

  • Absolutely no food or drink in the classroom. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave. Food is non negotiable. A lot of students use the lab equipment and I don't want to risk any allergens being on shared surfaces. Additionally, food is a quick way to ruin equipment.
  • Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior, inappropriate language, negativism, and put-downs are not allowed in this room. You can't expect people to work on your team if you treat them poorly.
  • When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.

Work Ethic:

  • Come in on time and ready to work. You should check the board when you come in to see what is going on in the classroom for that day.
  • Spend the entire class working on projects each day. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  • It is highly recommended that you backup all your work to a flash drive or Google Drive. You are responsible for all of your work so if something happens to your file, you will need to make up the missing work.
  • No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind. School policy will be followed regarding students who have their phone out during class.
  • No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  • When absent, check Google Classroom and/or our class syllabus for the current assignment.
  • Plagiarism - Misrepresenting others’ work as your own is intellectual dishonesty. Because research and learning are often best done in groups, collaboration with classmates on many of our assignments is expected. However, all work must be individual and research or any written work must be written in your own words. You will receive a zero for any project or class work that is plagiarized.

Classroom Equipment:

  • This is not your personal space or your room. Don't leave your stuff laying around. If you take it out, put it away again.
  • Login to the iMac with your period number. For example, for Period 5 your login is period5. There is no password.
  • Please use the classroom iMacs responsibly. If you break them, we no longer have them to use. Be sure when you arrive and when you leave there is a keyboard and mouse at your station.
  • Don't change wiring set-ups, cable configurations, equipment set-ups, or backgrounds unless you ask me first. Again, this is not your personal space.
  • Do not move any of the lab equipment without instructor permission.
  • Do not open or alter student files, move or use student documents.
Emily G., Current Event Collage, 2017


Grading is based on projects and in class work. If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work.

Grading Weights:

  • Projects (70%) are the final product you will turn-in at the end of each unit. We will have multiple days for each project and they will be lead by instruction and a multitude of resources to help you along. All projects will have rubrics available with requirements for proper turn-in.
  • Homework (15%) includes a few assignments you will need to complete at home to allow us to maximize our time in class.
  • Quizzes/Classwork (15%) includes smaller in class assignments such as thumbnail sketches. There will be one quiz this semester.

Late Work:

  • If absent missed assignments must be made-up within an appropriate amount of time. Absence will be discussed on a case by case basis. Failing to turn in an assignment will result in a loss of 10% of the final grade every day until the grade reaches 0%.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date.

Why Is My Grade Low?

  1. Not completing class assignments.
  2. Turning in work late.
  3. Poor work ethic.
  4. Plagiarism

Notes from the Student Handbook:

  1. Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  2. Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  3. Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  4. Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply. Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.
Camilla S., Name Composition, 2017


Student work from Intro to Graphic Design class

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