Career Center East

Graphic Design & Illustration

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  • Graphic Design and Illustration Grades: 10-12 (2 credits) This entry level course is for training in the visual communication portion of all media businesses. Here you can learn about a career in the many kinds of media and graphic design and illustration jobs. Digital photography and the expert level use of the program Adobe Photoshop are strongly focused upon in this class. This is helpful for any future photographer, videographer, animator or advertiser. Beginning a high quality portfolio for college or design school is also a target goal. If you have ever wanted to design CD covers, create promo posters for your favorite band's latest concert, learn movie titling, or go on a field trip to a large Dallas ad agency to see how it really works, this may be the class you have wanted. Material costs for individual projects kept by the student may be charged.   
    Advanced Graphic Design and Illustration Grades: 10-12 (2 credits) Design portfolios are expanded upon and improved in this second year of Graphic Design and Illustration. Students typically have guest speakers from the industry as well as from post-secondary institutions. There is weekly study of college art and media programs. More time is spent learning advanced concepts in illustration and the advertising and media business as well as new software programs like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign for page layouts, and others while continuing to hone skills in Adobe Photoshop and digital photography. Large format printing of projects is common in this class. Students will sometimes select an area of visual communication to begin specializing in during this year of study. It is a high level of media study where specializations such as motion graphics may begin. Material costs for individual projects kept by the student may be charged. 
    Practicum Graphic Design and Illustration Grades: 11-12 (2 credits) Recommended for students who have completed Advanced Graphic Design and Illustration. This course is meant to serve students interested in further development of a professional portfolio in addition to further development of skills and technical knowledge in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster. Students will be expected to further develop knowledge and awareness of the industry of graphic design and illustration. Instruction may be delivered through lab-based classroom experiences and/or career preparation opportunities. General information: This school year, all graphic design and illustration classes are being held in the Career Center East studio with no classes provided at the Dale Jackson Career Center. Buses are provided from each and every campus both morning and afternoon and all three levels are being offered each class session for the convenience of our student population. We have attempted to do as much as possible to serve all student requests, but if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our instructor or our counselor. Their email addresses, respectively, are: Denise Harman, instructor at and Kelly Hemenway, counselor at