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The Graphic Design Program
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, motion graphics, and video editing.
Students learn to use industry standard new media software applications such
as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, as well as professional
DSLR cameras and sound recording devices.
• 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
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, computer
hardware and software applications through a variety
of digital media design projects.
The Grade 10 course provides students with an introduction
to basic drawing techniques, computer
generated illustration, basic 2D and 3D design, colour
theory, typography, and pre-press for printed
media. Project-based assignments may include album
cover design, magazines, static and motion design,
poster design, and package design.
The Grade 11 course focuses on advanced drawing
skills using traditional and new media, advanced
layout and design, copy writing, logo design, typography,
and image editing. Students will apply their
skills to interactive applications such as website design,
basic video game design, and kinetic typography.
The Grade 12 course focuses on creating and designing
original typefaces, visual communication
through font and type design, corporate design,
branding, advanced logo design, developing skills to
a professional level, understanding legal issues such
as copyright, privacy laws, and involvement in real
world projects. Grade 12 students must complete a
resume, a successful work practicum or internship,
and complete 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 assignments (practical and written), tests, skill level proficiency and work education experience.