Course: AR281 Intro To Graphic Design

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Subject Area: Art

Type: Standard

Credits: 0.5

Course Information:

In this introductory course, students will learn typography, layout design, and practical uses for graphic design. In addition to building design skills, students will learn digital art-making processes and problem-solving skills that will help them build on their creative response. Students will learn about historical and contemporary practices involving art and technology, and will create their own works in these forms. The class serves as a prerequisite for Graphic Design Studio.



  • Understand and describe Elements and Principles of Design

  • Understand compositional concepts in design such as negative space, framing, and rule of thirds

  • Understand how to use tools in Adobe Illustrator.

  • Understand that design can visually communicate an idea and create an emotional response from the viewer

  • Recognize the form and function of lettering

  • Recognize the importance of visual signs and imagery as a form of communication in society


  • Construct a strong design concept while meeting the specific needs of a client

  • Construct digital artwork while applying knowledge of Elements and Principles of Design and other compositional techniques

  • Create artwork using expressive typography that helps communicate a mood, idea, or concept

  • Demonstrate ability to use specific tools and techniques in Illustrator while creating original artwork

  • Develop brainstorming and idea-building skills that enhance creative response


  • Analyze and critique their own work in written form

  • Students are able to analyze and critique other artists’ work in written form