Graphic Design Program
A student’s passion for art is channeled into advertising and marketing projects using the full Adobe Suite of design software. Through advanced tutorials combined with a study of fonts, color theory, sketching and drawing, students will produce a professional portfolio of their work to share with prospective colleges and employers upon graduation.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate.
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
- St. Louis Community College - 3 credits
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- Adobe Certifications in Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 26%-50% 26%-50% CTE Year Two 25% or less 75% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Adobe software
- Large format printers
- T-square and triangles
- Art supplies
- Exacto knives
- Vinyl cutting equipment
- Light tables
- Proportion wheels
- Adobe Classroom in a Book for Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
- Varies based on instructor
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Creativity and the ability to think outside the box to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems; Artistic; Attention to Details
Have strong brainstorming skills
Concentrate without distraction for long periods
Spatial awareness; abstract thinking
Read and comprehend postsecondary text independently
Have a working knowledge of computers and their usage
Understand and use basic math computations, Algebra and Geometry; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers, standard units of measurement
Ability to sit at a computer for extended periods
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects and quickly move hands together with arm, or move two hands together
Able to see up close clearly
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
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Prior to joining the North Tech team in 2001, Mr. David Bohannan worked for The Hughes Group as the Art Director and also worked as a freelance design/illustrator. Mr. Bohannan has a Associates of Arts Degree in Advertising from St. Louis Community College.