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    Graphic Design

  • Teacher: Susan Carmon
    Phone: x2302
    Email: scarmon@rjuhsd.us
    Room: 302

    Industry Sector: Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    Pathway: Graphic Design

    Program Description

    The Graphic Design pathway combines project-based work that requires both independent work and interdependent management skills for career success.  Students will learn the skills and knowledge for creating, refining, and share work in the industry.  Traits that are necessary to function successfully in the graphic design industry – such as teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and decision-making abilities are emphasized.  Students will develop visual arts concepts through digital media and web-based tools.

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    Sequence of Classes

    Course Title - Graphic Design 1 | Design & Illustrator
    (UC/CSU 'F' Elective)

    Digital Illustration introduces students to the fundamental concepts of effective graphic communication with an emphasis on Adobe Illustrator as a primary design tool. Students will participate in the full design process, including brainstorming, conceptualizing, communicating with the client, pre-press production, and collaborative critiquing. Students will explore the fundamentals of graphic design theory, layout design, typography, and the career potential within the design field. Emphasis is on giving students real world experiences in creative problem-solving in the design environment.

    Course Title - Graphic Design 2 | Design & Photoshop
    (UC/CSU 'F' Elective)

    This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of effective graphic communication with an emphasis on
    Adobe Photoshop as a primary design tool. Students will participate in the full design process, including brainstorming, conceptualizing, communicating with the client, pre-press production, and collaborative critiquing. Students will explore the fundamentals of graphic design theory and the career potential within the design field. Emphasis is on giving students real world experiences in creative problem - solving in the design environment through both drawing and photo manipulation within the Photoshop environment.

    Course Title - Graphic Design 3 | Communication Arts
    (UC/CSU 'F' Elective Pending)

    This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of effective graphic communication with an emphasis on Adobe Photoshop as a primary design tool. Students will participate in the full design process, including brainstorming, conceptualizing, communicating with the client, pre-press production, and collaborative critiquing. Students will explore the fundamentals of graphic design theory and the career potential within the design field. Emphasis is on giving students real world experiences in creative problem-solving in the design environment through both drawing and photo manipulation within the Photoshop environment.

     

    Program Outcomes

    • The potential to have earned 6 units of free college credits through the ARC 2+2 articulation program.
          

    • A solid set of illustration, design, and Adobe CC skills.
        
    • A professional portfolio posted to Behance, an industry-standard portfolio community of designers and illustrators.
        
    • A whole lot of love and appreciation for the world of graphic design.
        
    • A graduation cord!

     

    Program Accomplishments

    • Eight official completers in our 2018-19 school year, the first year of this program of study.
         

    • Looking forward to seventeen completers for our 2019-20 school year.
         
    • An annual Graphic Design Boot Camp hosted by Graphic Design 3 students for area middle school students interested in finding out about the world of graphic design.
         
    • A special video Q&A discussion with Von Glitchka, author, illustrator, creative director, and world-renowned speaker, about how he became an illustrator and some of the ins and outs of the business, including what it is like to consult for Adobe Illustrator.