Design & Creative Media

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Program Description

Design is part of everyday life: it is everywhere. Logos on T-shirts, snowboards, CD covers; icons on phones, interactive displays…all created by a designer. This hands-on, college preparatory, creative/technical program is for students who thrive on using technology, love design, drawing, photography, computers, are curious about color, typography and imagery. Study how design interacts with people on a daily basis. Explore careers in design and creative media. Learn design for print and new media output.

Students take design projects from conception and ideation, through digital production and preparation, to output in various media. Learn the Adobe Creative Suite software (Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, InDesign) on a MAC computer. Through a combination of project work, site visits, field trips and career work experience, students are immersed in the industry. Students create professional portfolios and may earn the certification awarded by the Regional Graphic Design Advisory Council.

Successful students may apply for the second year program – home to a busy in-house, student-run, design studio.

Curriculum Components

Class is modeled on a design studio, using client projects and assignments to teach curriculum.

Design principles, elements and composition skills
Digital Image manipulation
Adobe Creative Suite Software
Motion Graphics
Career exploration in the graphic design field
Workflow, including production and output
Concept Development
Color and chromatics
Digital photography
Industry specific math and language arts
Project Management
History/context of design industry

High School Credits:

one Math, one English, one Fine Art, three elective Design credits.

Dual Enrollment Opportunities:

College credits (3 per course) are available to eligible students in Graphic Design 1, Graphic Design 2, Digital Image Manipulation, Digital Photography and Drawing 1. Articulation agreements with the VT State art colleges offer between 6-12 additional college credits based on a student’s portfolio presentation and evaluation.

Career Experiences:

Job shadows, on-site industry visits, internships and portfolio presentations. Second year students run a design studio for community-based clients.

Professional Certifications/Credentials:

Successful students are eligible to earn the Graphic Design Certificate awarded by the Regional Graphic Design Advisory Council.

  • High School Students: contact Joan Irwin for a brochure or application.
  • Adult Students: contact Linda Whitaker for a brochure or application.