GD2: Syllabus

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Scope and Sequence:

Unit I: The ART of Graphic Design:

Review of Graphic Design 1 (Photoshop, Illustrator, Principles of Graphic Design) Learning about how and why Graphic Design is an "ART Class", use of sketching to brainstorm, design processes and taking notes in the computer lab.

Unit II: Image Manipulation

Introduction of new Photoshop tools including Layer Masks, Layer Effects to create composite images. Discussion of real vs. Photoshopped imagery; copyright laws; focal point; principles of graphic design

Unit III: Typography

Exploration of typography: what is a font, how do graphic designers choose appropriate fonts, how are typefaces created? Use of Illustrator tools including: type tools, paths, pathfinder, fill/stroke

Unit IV: Combining Type & Image

Unit V: Motion Graphics

Unit VI: Career Paths in Graphic Design

Unit VI: Exit Projects

Each unit covers art production, art analysis/evaluation, historical or cultural connections and critique, as outlined by NJCCS for the Visual Arts. As per district policy, each marking period will consist of at least 20 minor assessments and 5 major assessments. Each unit may be made up of several minor and major assessments.

Student Requirements:

  • Students will be expected to work individually as well as within a group setting.
  • Students will be expected to demonstrate competency when working in a computer lab setting.
  • Students will be expected to keep a journal/sketchbook to reinforce ideas discussed during class; including class notes, terminology, procedures and creative processes, sketches
  • Students will be expected to arrive on time, be prepared and be respectful of classroom & school-wide policies
  • Over the course of the semester, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the following:

    • I. Principles of Graphic Design: contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity
    • II. The Design Process: discover > design > develop > deploy
    • III. Art History: artists, cultures and time periods, art vocabulary
    • IV. Assessing Art: reflect, describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate
    • V. Purpose of Art: connect art to daily life and connect art to other disciplines
    • VI. Integration of Tools & Technology: sketchbook, Adobe Suites, Wacom Tablets, Web-based research, PowerPoint, Google suite, Computer Simulation, Google Classroom

Class Standards and Grading

Assignments should be completed on the due date as shown in Google Classroom. Submission of work must follow the correct procedure or work may not be graded. Late work will be marked down. Class critiques will include examination and analysis of student work. You will also be asked to provide at least one written self-evaluation. All on-time work that has been completed with a visible investment of time and energy can be reworked or redone for an improved grade with permission from the instructor. Homework assignments will support or prepare for class work, or finish studio projects.

Major Assessments (Summative Assessments) – 50%:

Studio Projects:

  • Punctual submission of work (through Google Classroom)
  • Incorporation of all given specifications or parameters
  • Originality of the creative process – Finding a unique solution without violating copyright regulations
  • Craftsmanship in execution using digital media and tools
  • Use of principles of graphic design in execution
  • High Standard of Visual Accomplishment - well-crafted design, clear communication and high level of interest
  • Critiques (written or verbal) and self-assessments

Minor Assessments – 50%:

  • Classwork (image retrieval, sketches, brainstorming, Do Nows, etc.)
  • Visible progress benchmarks (formative assessment)


  • CHS Google account (an absolute must, so remember your username & password!)

Tablets, desktop computers and software are used during this class. All materials must be respected and in good condition at the end of the class or you may incur a fine. Anyone who does not respect or misuses the equipment, computer or internet privileges will be given alternate written and drawing assignments as coursework.

  • Pencil, notepaper: we will be keeping a folder of notes/sketches in class. You will be required to have a pencil during class in order to take notes & sketch.
  • Workstation login: You will need the login information for your computer workstation in the computer lab EVERYDAY. Do NOT share login information with other students.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am excited to get to know each of the students--and look forward to a great semester ahead. Most of what we do in class utilizes programs which may not be readily available outside of our classroom. As such, students are given ample time to complete assignments within class time. If a student is absent or feels the need, they can ask me for permission to use the computer lab during my office hours. (2:30-3:30 pm, M-F)

If you need to contact me for any reason, please email: If students need to contact me, they can always do so through Google Classroom.

Other ways you can get more info about class happenings:

    • School wires: go to the CHS website & look for the “Teachers” tab. Click on my name to view the class calendar, office hours, syllabus, outline and other helpful information
    • Genesis: I update Gradebook very often. Rubrics, major and minor assessments will be available via Gradebook.
    • Google Classroom: parents/guardians can be added to Google Classroom to be able to view what we’re doing in class on a daily basis.