• Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design I and II at Nichols Career Center is a two-year career and technical program that introduces students to the graphic design industry. This program prepares students for college and postsecondary training in graphic design and visual communication.

     

    Graphic Design I introduces first-year students to design thinking, typography, color theory, branding, digital illustration, digital workflow, and print production. Coursework consists of lecture, readings, design analysis, studio practice, final design projects, print production, and critiques. Students develop a course sketchbook and learn Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop through a series of in-class modules and exercises. Final projects demonstrate knowledge of typography design; digital image design; advertising and branding; and graphic production techniques such as vinyl sign making, screen printing, dye sublimation, and digital printing.

    Prerequisites: Strong communication skills (verbal, written), strong foundational art skills, and desktop publishing or web design

    Credits earned upon successful completion: 3.0 Practical Arts, 0.5 Technical English, 0.5 Technical Math

     

    Graphic Design II expands upon Graphic Design I. Second-year students advance their typography and visual communication skills with more in-depth problem solving and client-based design projects. Students advance their Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills and learn InDesign. At the completion of the two-year course, students have developed a professional résumé and comprehensive design portfolio for college applications and entry-level jobs in the industry.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Graphic Design I

    Credits earned upon successful completion: 3.0 Practical Arts, 0.5 Technical English, 0.5 Technical Math

     

    2020-21 Syllabus

Graphic Design Instructor