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Graphic Design

Can you see yourself creating logos like the Nike swoosh, McDonald’s golden arches, or Microsoft’s apple? Creating packaging labels for Monster Energy Drinks? Or creating an entire brand for a company like Starbucks? A career in graphic design can be an exciting way to combine art, technology and communication. Graphic designers use two or three-dimensional art to create visual concepts. They design logos and layout designs for print and electronic media including websites, magazines, brochures, user interfaces, product labels, reports and advertisements. They work with other professionals to incorporate typesetting, illustration, photography, and even programming, to ensure products display as intended. Great graphic designers understand how to communicate brands visually and effectively.

8th - Art Exploration
9th - Drawing & Painting and Advanced Drawing & Painting
10th - Digital Photography I and II
11th - Graphic Design I
12th - Graphic Design II

Program Highlights

• Students use traditional artist supplies and tools as well as software used in the field including: Adobe Creative Software Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

• Students enter regional design competitions

• Students showcase their talents in creations for Sandusky City Schools and Community Service Projects

• Students create a master portfolio of their work to promote for employment, post-secondary education and potential scholarships

• Students are members of SkillsUSA, a national student youth group/organization

Industry Recognized Credentials

• Adobe Certified Expert Photoshop (4 points)
• Adobe Certified Expert Illustrator (4 points)
• Adobe Certified Expert Photoshop CC (4 points)
• Adobe Certified Expert InDesign CS5 (4 points)

State Approved Courses

• Visual Design
• Visual Creation
• Digital Print Design
• Advertising & Communications

Cost Free College Credit Opportunities

Career Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGS) allow students, who demonstrate proficiency in career tech courses in approved secondary programs, to receive college credit at any Ohio public university 

• CTVDI001 - Design and Typography Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours) 
• CTVDI002- Fundamentals of Advertising and Communications (3 Credit Hours
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