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Honors/Advanced Graphic Design

Add to your portfolio and gain real-world experience by working with clients outside the classroom.

Honors Graphic Design students will gain a progressive understanding of theory and concepts of visual communication used to present information or promote a message to a consumer driven market. This course will build upon techniques developed in previous coursework including fundamental principles and elements of visual communication and the historical development of design through exploring graphic art history. Students will explore, in an independent manner, the various facets of visual communication including the principles of design and layout, design theory, advertising principles, technology and practice. They will practice the art of conceptualizing projects, reinventing clichés, distilling complex information, and motivating an audience. Students will be able to apply skills learned in previous classes such as typography, image development, layout, manipulating photographs, and creating digital artwork. Honors Graphic Design projects may include: logos, posters, brochures, billboards, flyers, websites and packaging. Students will be assessed on their use of the elements and principles of design, concept originality, workmanship, ability to analyze competitor approaches, and technical proficiency in each project undertaken. Students will prepare individual portfolios suitable for presentation for transfer to another college, art school, client, or job interview. Students’ skills will be enhanced through experiences that simulate the graphic design industry using school-based and work-based learning opportunities.


  • Industry Sector: Arts, Media, & Entertainment
  • Grade Level: 11-12
  • Prerequisite: Digital Design & Illustration, Visual Communications
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Up to 100
  • Level: Capstone
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: F - Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required)
  • Certifications: None
  • Class Location(s): Buena Park HS, El Dorado HS, Esperanza HS
  • Notes:

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    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.