Introduction to Graphic Design: Learning and Applying the Fundamentals

Summer 2021 Full Session
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 20
4 8 Credits per quarter
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Introduction to Graphic Design, including optional Introduction to Design Software, is a remote home-studio intensive course. Students can register for the first session module for 4 credits or the full summer session 8-credit course.

In the first session, we will experiment with fundamental principles and practices in image-making, typography, and visual composition both by hand and with basic web-based Adobe Spark computer software and, optionally, with the aid of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator software.

Students that register for the full summer session (8 credits) will go on to build on their foundational knowledge by completing larger scale individual final projects in brand design to include crafting and responding to a design brief for a coffee shop concept as well as developing a design concept or project of their own choosing. 

Students who choose to learn Adobe's InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator design software will be given remote access to an Adobe Creative Cloud license while enrolled. Students pursuing these design software applications can expect to achieve beginning to intermediate technical competency through online instruction modules, assignments, and instructor support. 

All students will assemble an individual web portfolio for this course that demonstrates their investigation of design principles and a range of elements showing their facility and engagement across all course materials, including demonstrating the range of Adobe proficiencies students choose to pursue.

Tech, connectivity, and home-studio needs: in order to participate in this remote-learning course, students will need access to a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer; digital camera; internet (at least intermittent for uploading and email); flat working surface; and, if pursuing digital design software competency, a newer laptop or desktop. Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The instructor will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings.

All students will receive and submit course assignments on Canvas following weekly submission deadlines. Students will participate in 4-8 hours of synchronous online work per week. Students should expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on coursework including class-time.


Summer 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Full Session (8): 40088
First Session (4): 40089

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory For

art, graphic design, publication design, web design, interior design, illustration

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Special Expenses

Students should expect to spend $60 for art supplies.



Time Offered
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