Design Syllabus



Essential Questions
(that we have to ask ourselves again and again and again):

  • Why are designs art? Are all designs art?
  • If graphic design is about communication, how can I best communicate to the viewer?
  • What is the difference between readability and legibility?
Technically, how do I create a digitally aided design?

Content (what are we going to learn?)

  • Principles and Elements of Design
  • Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Designing for an audience
  • Bussiness Identity
  • Logo Design
  • Product Design
  • Textile Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Design and Social Awareness
  • Typography
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Copyright Issues
How to participate in a critique

Outcomes (what will we be able to do?)

  • Consciously make choices that communicate ideas in our designs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Solve visual problems creatively
  • Reflect on artwork of ones own and of others
Participate constructively in critiques

Assessments (what things will be graded?)

  • Designs
  • Written Assignments
  • Art History Project
  • Final Project
  • In-class projects
  • Morgue File
  • Critiques
  • Participation
  • Citizenship

Grading Breakdown:

50% - Designs

25% - Exercises

10% - Participation/critique

15% - Citizenship (conduct)


Grading Criteria (what is our grade based on?)

  • Level of Self-Challenge
  • Content and communication of work
  • Rubric of each assignment
  • Effort and Attitude
Classroom Citizenship












































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