Graphic Design

Credit Hours: 0.5

Course Length: 1 Semester

Course Description

Graphic Design is an introduction to elements of design, spatial relationships, typography and imagery as they apply to practical visual solutions for self-promotion, resumes, logo design, Web design, and sequential systems. In this course, the student explores the basic foundations of design through a series of visual projects that explore the principles and elements of design. Students will work both with analog and digital media as they explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design along with color theory. This course will help develop and explore a student’s ability to communicate visually.

In each lesson students acquire new skills, which take some effort. Beyond fundamental skills are various levels of creativity. Each lesson provides room for a student to express the technical skill learned in his or her own creative way.

Course Prerequisites


Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Software Needed (choose one):

  • Adobe Illustrator (there is a cost associated, Mac OS X, Windows)
  • Adobe Photoshop (there is a cost associated, Mac OS X, Windows)
  • GIMP (free downloadable, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux)
  • Pixlr (free browser-based program, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, Chrome OS)

Hands-On Materials (optional):

  • triangle
  • Exacto knife
  • markers
  • pencil
  • good paper note pad
  • colored pencils
  • dotted line paper
  • glue stick
  • ruler
  • scanner or camera so you can transmit photos/images of your finished work

Major Concepts

  • Manage Time and Resources to Accomplish a Task
  • Create a Lifelong Plan Ensuring Productivity and Balance
  • Learn How to Interact with Coworkers Productively
  • Understand the Importance of Personal Qualities in Work Interactions
  • Gather, Analyze, and Retrieve Information
  • Communicate Research and Experience in Writing