PATHWAY 1: Graphic Design
Graphic Design 1* (Year 1) - Adobe Photoshop
This year-long course introduces students to Adobe Photoshop while exploring two- and three-dimensional real-world applications of design. After acquiring a historical context of graphic design, students will develop skills in artistic perception, critiquing, and application of design strategies through experiences that emphasize solving visual art problems. Students who successfully complete this course will be proficient with the use of Photoshop's tools including complex editing, retouching, and compositing photographic images. Additionally, students will be eligible to take the official Adobe Certification exam.
Graphic Design 2* (Year 2) - Adobe Illustrator
Prequisites: Graphic Design 1
Advanced Graphic Design is a continuation of Year 1 and is offered to students who have successfully completed the beginning course. This course is an introductory class to Adobe Illustrator - a popular software tool used by graphic designers to design logos and other graphic images. Students will design posters for school events, dance tickets for school dances, and various projects around school. Students who complete this course will be eligible to take the official Adobe Certification exam.
Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) - A person who has demonstrated proficiency with Adobe Systems software products by passing one or more product-specific proficiency exams set by Adobe. There are three levels - NHS's Graphic Design program provides the "single product certification" to demonstrate proficiency in individual areas. This certification can be used on job or college applications. These are highly sought-after skills which are needed by nearly all businesses for their marketing and branding efforts. See below for industries and degree opportunities, or click here to learn more about the Adobe Certification.