Graphic Technology


Graphic Technology I

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to an overview of careers in the fields of graphic design. Emphasis will be placed on developing a strong foundation on the elements of art and principles of design as well as current technical knowledge.

The study of visual communications is broken down into four major areas:

Creativity and the origination of ideas
Fundamentals of design
Commercial practice
Software and printing applications

Units focus on design theory and the design process, color theory, typography and advertising/package/logo design. The project-based course consists of both hands-on and computer practice. Students will learn the process of taking a project from concept development through to a pre-press file.

Graphic Technology II

The purpose of this course is to build upon students’ technical skills and foundational knowledge and fine-tune understanding of the elements of design (color theory, typography, etc.), the design process, visual literacy, design software and the role of the designer, past and present. This course will focus on developing a students’ ability to work creatively and competently with traditional art tools (sketching, 2 -D Design) and to transfer that knowledge to various areas of technology. We introduce new material such as file management, copyright/ownership concerns, ethical/legal considerations, marketing concepts, the business of design, and careers and roles in the design field. 

Students will enhance their proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and digital photography, and build their skills as design critics.

Graphic Technology III

This course builds upon the previously acquired understanding of artistic and design principles, as well as a thorough understanding of the required technical applications and tools. At this stage, students will have an opportunity to focus on a particular track within graphic communications including (Illustration & Design, Photography/Digital Imaging).

Graphic Technology IV

This course will provide students the tools to utilize Adobe InDesign, where a portfolio will be created using the classwork saved from the past three years. Peer review and development of a final portfolio of work will be an instrumental part of this course. Students will demonstrate leadership, employability and academic skills necessary to pursue the full range of postsecondary or career options.

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