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Graphic Design I
In the first year of the program, students will be provided with a well-rounded exposure to the diverse aspects of the graphic design profession and the job opportunities available to them (graphic designer, art director, illustration artist, animation artist, photographer/photoshop guru, web designer, motion graphics and production). From the initial concept to the final piece, students will experience every role involved in the process (research, thumbnail sketches, hand lettering/stenciling, photography, desktop publishing to final output of product).
Students will learn visual communication techniques for a variety of mediums (print, electronic multimedia, mobile devices and signage design), working with the Adobe Master Collection, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Fireworks) students will explore the realm of digital tools available to them for creating projects. Introduction to black and white 35 mm photography, digital photography, and manipulation techniques for print, web and animation will be integrated into projects throughout the year.
Concept design and projection of real-world projects will afford students an excellent hands-on experience. Enter design, photography, and multimedia competitions throughout the year to gain recognition and scholarships.
Students will work inside and outside of the school on a variety of projects including designing and painting murals/graffiti for the Oxford Hills Skate Park, signage for the high school, community projects and design and photography exhibits.
Certification as an Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication is available to students who qualify and pass exam.
Graphic Design II
This course follows Graphic Arts Design I
The second year of the program provides students with an opportunity to specialize in a certain area of graphic design or continue to explore its many possibilities in both print and electronic media. Some students may engage in internships and outside projects to improve their skills. We will further explore designing for the web and motion graphics mixing illustration, typography, photography and artistic expression. Students develop a strong print and digital/online portfolio for college and job application and entry. Throughout the year students enter design, photography, and multimedia competritions to gain recognition, scholarships and a competitive edge for their future. Students will work inside and outside of the school on a variety of projects including designing and painting murals/graffiti for the Oxford Hills Skate Park, signage for the high school, community projects and design and photography exhibits.
Certification as an Adobe Certified Associate is available in three different content areas for students who qualify and pass the exams. Articulation agreements have been made with Southern Maine Community College, at the post-secondary level.