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The Graphic Design Program is designed for students who have some artistic talent, enjoy working with computers and other new media technologies, and would like to explore a career in Graphic Design or related ﬁelds such as video production, animation, web design, or photography. Design skills are developed through course work in graphic design theory and practical application. Graphic Design students are exposed to many aspects of visual communication such as print and digital design/layout, digital image editing and manipulation, illustration, typography, and motion graphics. Students learn to use industry standard software applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Indesign.
• Movie and Television Graphic Design Departments
• Advertising Agencies/Graphic Design Studios
• Magazine and Newspaper Publications
• Motion Graphic Designers
• Signage Companies
• Printing Companies
• Book Publishing Houses
• Freelance Graphic Designer
• Retail Display Designer
• Corporate Art Departments
• Digital Production Studios
Grade 9 (.5 Credit)
The Grade 9 course is designed as an introduction to the ﬁeld of Graphic Design, providing students with the basic concepts and principles of design, and computer hardware and software skills through a variety of graphic design projects.
Grade 10 (1 Credit)
The Grade 10 course builds on the skills learned in Grade 9, focusing on computer generated illustration, image compositing, typography, and drawing. Project-based assignments may include magazines, logos, posters, character design, t-shirts, decals, and package design.
Grade 11 (3 Credits)
The Grade 11 courses focus on traditional drawing skills, layout and composition, design trends, typography, image editing, and interactive design. Project-based assignments may include magazines, logos, posters, character design, t-shirts, decals, package design, app design, websites, e-books, motion design, and lino-cutting.
Grade 12 (4 Credits)
The Grade 12 courses focus on advanced illustration techniques, layout and composition, interactive design, and portfolio creation. Real world design projects are completed for local organizations and businesses. Grade 12 students must complete a resume and a portfolio suitable for presentation to a post-secondary institution, or for employment, along with the submission of an electronic portfolio.
Student assessment and grading is based upon: Class projects, skill development, and professionalism.