In this course, students will expand their knowledge of graphic design and advance their visual communication skills by exploring a variety of design processes and techniques, as well as compositional and aesthetic concepts. The combination of lecture and lab practice provide students a broad understanding of the field. Students will gain experiences in creative problem solving; project workflow; artistic process and critique; branding and advertising; printing and production; and the use of technology in design. Students will study Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop through a series of in-class tutorials and exercises and demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of design projects. Students will have opportunities to participate in regional and national competitions. Second-year students will have opportunities to develop their portfolios by creating projects for clients within the district and community. Upon completion of the two-year program, students may be ready to enter the job market at an entry-level job and/or pursue a degree in visual communications.