Advanced Graphic Arts

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Advanced Graphic Arts is a year long course designed to further student knowledge and understanding of Adobe applications and the elements of art and principles of design. Class assignments, lessons, and commercial projects will allow students to develop practical skills in graphic design, web design, photography, and Adobe applications. Activities call for students to apply problem solving methodology to analyze and formulate real world solutions. Students will work in a studio environment as a team to collectively accomplish individual and group projects. Students will put together a portfolio of work that will demonstrate a wide range of graphic design skills and have the option to get their ACA Specialist certificate (Adobe Certified Associate). Some studio fees may apply to this course.

Class Outline

  • Composition: The way in which the components of a design are visually combined and arranged.
  •  Composition takes into account placement, grouping, alignment, visual flow, and the divisions of space within a layout.
  •  Components: The visual elements used within a design. Photos, illustrations, icons, typography, linework, decoration, borders, and backgrounds are all components.
  •  Concept: Abstract elements of theme, connotation, message, and style. These intangible ingredients of a design or image are critical to its visual presentation and delivery of message.
  •  Principles of design (Line, Shape, Texture, Space, Scale, Color, etc...).
  •  Typography and the fundamentals of using type.
  •  Design terms and vocabulary used by graphic artists.
  •  Printing process and specific industry knowledge of CMYK.
  •  Extensively cover page layout computer software (InDesign).
  •  Grids and different methods of page measurements.
  •  Different forms of print media (Business Cards, Brochures, Newspapers, Flyers, etc...).
  •  Exporting artwork and best practices for obtaining optimum quality.
  •  Images, graphics and other forms of artwork pertaining to print media/layout.

Course Standards

  1. Graphic Design Principles and Elements of Art: Students will have an understanding of and be able to explain basic principles of design, elements of art and their use in graphic design.
  2. Design Ideas and Sketches: Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast a variety of their thumbnail sketches and justify the development of a single design idea.
  3. Artistic Works and Influences: Students will demonstrate an understanding of art/design in its historical context, including the social, political, economic, and religious context through research and discovery.
  4. Experimentation and Practice: Students will explore digital software tools to manipulate vector paths, edit raster images and prepare graphics files with correct color, resolution, and file formats for both print and screen output.
  5. Digital Tools and Software: Students will use non-destructive editing techniques to correct, improve, alter, and combine original photographs and digital graphics using Apple hardware, Adobe software, and other forms of creative applications.
  6. Creativity and Originality: Students will be able to put into practice the design process to conceive, develop and construct new idea solutions from conceptual sketches to aesthetically finished pieces of art.
  7. Demonstrate and Communicate Art Concepts: Students will be able to apply creative problem-solving procedures to visually produce cohesive designs that successfully communicate the intended message.
  8. Involvement and Collaboration: Students will effectively perform individually or as a member of a design team to produce artwork in response to client/teacher generated projects.
  9. Artistry and Accuracy: Students will demonstrate the correct usage of digital editing software to combine graphics, images, color, and typography in single and multi-page design document.
  10. Completion and Critique: Students will be able to finish artwork that demonstrates various problem-solving design strategies and can verbally deliver a presentation describing the thought process of their visual work.

Graphic Arts Club

A place where students can learn and discover topics about art, graphic design and Apple computers.

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Photography Club

A place where students can learn about digital photography, lighting, cameras, lenses and editing software.

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