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Introduction to Graphic Design


Periodically, GRACE will offer classes for which there was a special demand or for which a highly-qualified individual has become available to teach a class for a limited period of time. These classes may be taught only once, but they will add variety to your home-school curriculum.

Introduction to Graphic Design — (Grades 9–12) Fine Arts Credit or Elective

Teacher:  Lynn Hitchcock

Time:  Friday 12:45-1:40   

***This class meets FIRST SEMESTER ONLY

Class and Material Cost:  $145
HSB, Inc. assesses a $35 computer lab fee which is included in the price of the class.

Book: The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams 4th Edition (available on Amazon and Ebay)

Prerequisite: None

Graphic designers create visual concepts with images and text, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and engage. They take creative ideas from a concept and develop designs in a way that can be produced in print, published online, made into products, and more—using color theory, layout, and typography. We will discover graphic design from a Christian perspective, exploring ethics in design, and how we can compete in today’s culture, while keeping our vision clear and our message heard.

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental skills and knowledge of good graphic design to high school students, along with presenting all the possibilities and opportunities for using graphic design skills in today’s competitive career world. Aspiring designers will learn to train their “designer’s eye” without compromising their faith and morals. Students will learn through lecture and presentations, and research and discovery of examples in the real world. Using graphic design software, they will begin to create their own designs, individually and in groups. Offered during the first semester only and can serve as a Fine Arts Credit and/or an Elective Credit

Key Highlights:

·      Learn about graphic design and careers for graphic artists

·      Design principles and practical applications

·      Designing with type for maximum effect

·      Color principles and designing with color

·      Develop a designer’s eye (how to see like a professional designer)

·      Brainstorming and ideation

·      “Real world” design projects

·      Portfolio creation and why it’s so important

***This class is not offered every year.

Supplies Needed

  • 8 1/2 x 11 Sketch Pad

  • 8 1/2 x 11 Pad of Tracing Paper



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