Graphic Design I

Room B207

Mrs. Boyd –

Mr. Carpenter


Course Description:

Graphic Design seeks to use visual elements to communicate a specific message to a targeted audience.  This course is an introduction to Graphic Design with an emphasis on using digital photographs and illustrations for commercial uses, such as logos, advertisements, packaging and posters.  Programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign will be used along with scanners and digital cameras.

Course Goals:

  1. To develop page layout skills.
  2. To develop visual communication skills. The purpose of Graphic Design is to deliver a message, and often to sell a product, concept or story to a specific audience using words and images.
  3. To develop illustration and photography skills.
  4. To develop computer software skills and to use the software as a tool to deliver a specific message to your audience.


  • THUMB DRIVE or ONLINE STORAGE DRIVE. The school does not provide enough space for you to save your projects.  You must have either a thumb drive or access to an online storage account.


Grading policy:

There will be smaller assignments (skill building, studio use, homework, etc.) that will be part of Evaluations worth 10% of your marking period grade.  There will be the larger assignments (skill tests, projects, written critiques, etc.) worth 60% of your marking period grade, and a quarterly assessment project worth 30% of  your grade.

Late policy:

You may turn assignments in late for a reduced grade, but you must email me on the day you hand them in, that way I have a record of their submission.  This will remind me to replace your zero with an adjusted grade.

Phone policy:

You will have to turn in your phone at the beginning of each class.  If you need to use it for something pressing, just ask.  This is a school-wide push to reduce phone dependency.


These are subject to change, but will give you an idea of where we are headed.

  • UNIT 1: The Four Principles:
    • Studying the basics of Graphic Design Layout. You’ll be creating a flyer for an event by hand and then creating one on the computer.
  • UNIT 2: Illustrating and Adobe Illustrator:
    • Studying Adobe Illustrator and the use of illustrations in Graphic Design. You’ll be designing a project that incorporates digital illustration.
  • UNIT 3: Photography and Photoshop:
    • Studying Adobe Photoshop as well as incorporating photography in Graphic Design. You’ll be creating a book cover.
  • UNIT 4: Branding and Point of Purchase:
    • Studying branding (logo creation) and Point of Purchase (package design). You’ll be creating a company or product and developing an identity and related art.

Throughout all of these units, you will be using a variety of concepts consistently: designing on a grid, designing for a specific audience, and developing “soft” skills like constructive criticism, collaboration, defending your ideas, etc. 

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