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The purpose of this course is to help you develop marketable skills in graphic design. We will be covering the history of graphic design, the elements and principles of design, creative thought, the design process, and an introduction to computer hardware and software for graphic design.


Evaluation is based on the following requirements:
1. Class professionalism (25% of final grade)
2. Project evaluation
3. Quizzes (normal weight grade)
4. Written and performance test(s) over book(s), readings, and lectures, etc. (normal weight grade)

ALL LATE (not presented during the critique) ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE REDUCED BY 50%

You can redo your projects to improve their grades.

This is how your projects are graded:

1. We will have a critique using the projector when the assignment is due

2. I will give it an "as is" grade based on my evaluation .

3. If you make corrections I will re-grade it and you will receive the new grade. The goal is to help you create great looking work.

What letter grades mean to me:

A - Your assignment is great. Much better than average-above and beyond the call of duty.
B - Your assignment is above average. More than the minimum. Really looks good.
C - An average grade. Your assignment possesses the minimum requirements. No errors or omissions.It is in focus, not blurry, and has good exposure.
D - Below average grade. Your assignment does not possess the minimum requirements (bad focus, bad exposure, inappropriate subject).There are errors or omissions.
F - You didn't do the assignment or it was really, really, bad.



The maximum number of absences allowed per class is ten.  This includes excused and unexcused absences.  The classroom teacher will notify the student when he/she is nearing the absence limit, and again when he/she has reached or exceeded 10 absences and are in jeopardy of losing credit.  Once the student is notified, they will be responsible for appealing the loss of credit in writing and attending an appeal meeting with the Dean of Students, or administrator if she is not available.  An academic probation plan may be instituted to help guide the student toward a successful end to the semester.
* Absences due to school related events, i.e., field trips, music contests/performances, athletic contests, etc…will be excluded from this attendance policy.


Every student is expected to be in class on time. If a student is less than 10 minutes late they are considered tardy, after 10 minutes they are considered absent. Consequences for excessive tardies are as follows:

Tardy 1: Teacher Warning
Tardy 2: Parent notification by teacher
Tardy 3: Referral for detention to be served Tuesday or Thursday. No Show to detention will result in 2 hour Friday School. Teachers may make their own arrangements and have a student serve detention with them or they may refer to the office.

All additional tardy incidents will be considered defiance and will be referred to the appropriate administrator and will result in escalating disciplinary consequences which may include short term suspension.

Class professionalism

Because this is a career and technical education class, a strong emphasis will be placed on professional skills and work habits. At a span of about 20 days, students will have 20 available points. Deductions of points will occur for such offenses as (but not limited to) unexcused absences (5), unauthorized food/drink in class (3), tardies (3), communications infractions such as vulgarity or unauthorized use of cell phones/I-Pods (4-20), failure to remember computer password or bring required school supplies (2), excessive use of bathroom privileges (1), excessive talking (1), and other activities deemed unprofessional.


Information for parents and students

From the Student Manual:


Students BRING ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES AT THEIR OWN RISK! PHS is NOT responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices. Cell phones should not be used in class for phone calls, text messaging, or as a timepiece. If a parent has an important message during class they should call the main office and leave a message that will then be delivered to their student’s classroom.

The school-wide policy at Peninsula High School is that all students receive a blanket warning the first day from their teacher. The first offense the cell phone is taken by the teacher for the remainder of the period. The second offense the phone will be sent to the office to be picked up by the student at the end of the day. The third offense will require a parent to come in and pick up the phone after 24 hours. The same goes for any electronic device such as MP3 players, CD players, and video game players.

No movies or games on the computer (except for the graphic design videos you will be watching).

File management/backing up - Make a folder in your student account named - GD. In that folder make a folder for each assignment. Name the assignment folders the first 3 or 4 letters of the assignment name and your last name example: compwilson (for the composition assignment). In the assignment folder should be the finished high rez jpegs-nothing else. Name the finished files what the online assignment sheet indicates. You will need all of your assignment files at the end of the semester for your portfolio.

Back-up your design folder every week or two. Servers go down. You would lose all of your work for the semester. You can back up to:

1. Flash drive if you have one, then move the files to your home computer.

2. Burn them to a CD in class (don't lose the CD, I'll store it for you if you like).

3. Save them to your iPod or music player.

Unless your files are in 2 different places, they are not secure. It's not if you will lose them, it's when. As a teacher I have seen it happen dozens of times. If your files vanish you will need to redo them - not fun : ( It is not the computers fault, it is your fault for not backing them up). When you tell me you don't have your assignment done because the computer messed-up I will refer you to this paragraph.

Leaving the classroom

1. If you need to go to the bathroom sign out and in on the sign out sheet and bring the pass with you.
2. If you want to go anywhere else, check with me first, then sign in and out (bring the pass with you).

The graphic design classroom is never a study hall. All activities must be graphic design related.

It is not OK to go to vending machines during class time.

Computer use

The computers are only to be used for graphic design class projects or research for projects.

If you can't use the computer responsibly you will not be allowed to use the computer.That means no games, no online video or anything else that isn't related to the graphic design class. When in doubt, check with me first.

First offence: you will be locked out of the computer for the day (and given book assignments).

Second offence: locked out for the week (and given book assignments).

Third offence: locked out for the semester. You will work on assignments in the graphic design book and receive a "D" for the semester.

Please respect school and student materials.

No eating in the lab. That's why we have a lunch. No drinks except water.

Turning in another student or persons work as you own is plagiarism . It will be dealt with as outlined in the student manual.

As the semester progresses I will be changing things in the weekly schedule.

This is how things work in the Design Lab.

1. Instructional Input-Class lecture, info to read etc. The theory for what you are about to learn.
2. Modeling-Showing you how to do something, things I show you in the classroom.
3. Guided Practice-Helping you with projects, assignments, etc.
4. Independent Practice-This is where the actual learning occurs. It is you doing it by yourself. If someone is helping you it isn't independent practice. No independent practice, no learning. YOU need to do the independent practice. If you feel like you aren't learning it may be because you aren't doing enough independent practice.

I want you to create exceptional design, not average design. The computer has created a wonderful opportunity for fast and easy revision. Redoing things is part of the process. Don't expect to get it right the first time. Leave time for revising.


Read the links. They provide information to help you do your assignments.

Read the web site daily. I will be making updates weekly. The web site is an integral (important) part of the class. I use it instead of handouts. Don't print out the web site at the beginning of the semester, it will be out of date by week 2.

This is a working place. You need to be working on graphic design assignments or techniques all period every period.