The profession of graphic design utilizes creativity and technology to communicate ideas or messages. The outcomes of this communication can be in the form of printed materials, architectural signage and graphics, exhibition environments, packaging and electronic media. While primarily concerned with the visual communication of information, graphic designers are also interested in the persuasive nature of the message.
Students learn the fundamentals of design, typography, color theory, branding and identity, packaging, and design history. In addition, most will complete the program with fluency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software. Every student develops a portfolio of their work that will allow them to pursue a career in design. Many of our students will continue their education at art colleges or universities.
Oasis High School is a state of the art facility. Our Mac lab is large and includes areas for large format printing and presentation production. We utilize a 42" HP DesignJet printer for creating large graphics, posters, and signage.
Graphic Design I - Download Graphic Design I Course Syllabus
Graphic Design I is an in-depth investigation of the principles and possibilities of graphic design. Through a series of experimental exercises incorporating drawing, collage, and the computer, students will learn the fundamentals of graphic form, sequencing, image making, communicating visually, and integration of type. Lectures and documentaries will introduce students to both the history of graphic design and contemporary designers.
Graphic Design II - Download Graphic Design II Course Syllabus
Graphic Design II is a continuation of Graphic Design I and more fully explores the interaction of text and image. You will become more independent in your use of fundamental components of graphic design. You will create independent and creative solutions to a series of design problems. Your knowledge of and exposure to contemporary design issues and graphic design history will be an important component of this course. You will be expected to expand your proficiency in all aspects of the design process, including creative brainstorming, conceptualizing, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation.
AICE Graphic Design - Download AICE Graphic Design Course Syllabus
AICE Graphic Design considers expression and communication. Students learn about visual perception and aesthetic experience, and the ways in which art and design creates a language of its own. Most of the work for this course is practical or studio based, so that students can develop their abilities of observation and analysis of the visual world, sensitivity, skill, personal expression and imagination. They also learn how to relate their skills to an enhanced knowledge of their own cultures, past and present, as well as an appreciation of practical design problems.
Mass Media - Yearbook - Download Mass Media-Yearbook Syllabus
Mass Media – Yearbook will expose students to the information and techniques required to produce all necessary copy, photos, and layouts for the publication of the yearbook. The topics covered will enable the student to be a productive yearbook staff member. In addition, students are exposed to aspects of the business world, from publication production, design, advertising, and sales, which are invaluable to students who will be entering the job market.
Graphic Design Club is a collection of dedicated design students who go above and beyond traditional classes to produce real design work for school events, organizations, and staff. We also invite speakers to present information on various graphic design topics, which gives us perspectives on possible college and career tracks.
We meet every Wednesday from 1:35pm to 3:00pm in the Design Lab (Rm. 140).
Contact Mr. Calfee for information.
Careers in Graphic Design
As the bridge between information and purpose, graphic designers research social, cultural and commercial trends, analyze changing values, brainstorm ideas, and convert their findings into new messages, artifacts and experiences.
Corporate identity designer
Multimedia and Web designer
Sign systems designer
Graphic designer for magazines
User experience designer
Graphic designer for production houses
Graphic designer for service bureaus
Graphic designer for television and movie studios
Graphic designer for publishing and advertising
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Building a Portfolio
Most colleges require submission of a portfolio for admisssion into their graphic design program. A portfolio should contain a collection of recent work (10-20 samples) that demonstrates your skill, process, and creativity. The portfolios that stand out to review panels are the ones that are well edited, show the strength of the applicants' talent and adhere to the submission requirements. Students should carefully follow the instructions specific to the college they are applying to.
While at Oasis High School it is a good idea to maintain a porfolio of your work so it can be easily accessed for college submission. The simpliest way to do this is through an online portfolio.
Below are some options for maintaining images of your work:
Ringling School of Art and Design - Sarasota, FL
Full Sail University - Winter Park, FL
Savannah College of Art and Design - Savannah, GA
Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI