Graphic Design introduces Adobe Illustrator and its applications in graphic communication. Class activities include projects to explore the Adobe Illustrator tools as they apply to object (vector) based files, as well as Adobe Illustrator filters and layers. Students practice basic drawing and tracing techniques, create line art, logos and learn to simplify artwork through stylizing. Creative use of type is also explored. Students learn to manage and modify vector files, and how files interact with page layout and paint (raster) programs. Art History will be discussed periodically. Students will take both a written cumulative final exam and a manipulative final exam.
Graphic Design will have both instructor-led and student-directed components. Students will complete textbook tutorials, instructor-provided projects, and self-directed projects. During the first weeks, the instructor will give several tutorials on basic Illustrator techniques and strategies that will equip students with a foundation for further exploration. Students will collaborate with the instructor in order to design learning targets that are clear, concise and align with local and national visual art curriculum standards.
Students will be expected to host their own individual online portfolio. Website builders such as Weebly, Wordpress or Google Sites are recommended. They will be required to post all completed work with reflective self-assessments. These self-assessments will be in the form of both open reflection and responses to pre-scripted prompts from the instructor. Posts must include screenshots or attachments of student work.
The instructor will provide students with a list of projects for the students to select from for completion. If a student prefers, he/she may elect to complete a project of his/her own design. This project proposal must be submitted to the instructor for approval before the student may begin.