Graphic Design and Production Syllubus

Department:  CTAE                                                                                                 Fall Semester 2016


EMAIL:                                                        PHONE: 770-819-2521



PHS SCHOOL VISION: Empowering Students to Become Productive Members of a Global Community

PHS SCHOOL MISSION: Modeling and Developing Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Behaviors that Lead to Success for All


  • Increase the Graduation Rate
  • Increase rigor and student engagement (Project-based learning environment)
  • Increase community and parental involvement

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the procedures commonly used in the graphic communication and design industries. Team members will gain experience in creative problem solving and the practical implementation of those solutions across multiple areas of graphic communications. Team members will also understand and manipulate color to achieve various outcomes required by job specifications.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic and Design


AAVTC-GDP-1 The following standard is included in all CTAE courses adopted for the Career Cluster/Pathways. Teachers should incorporate the elements of this standard into lesson plans during the course. The topics listed for each element of the standard may be addressed in differentiated instruction matching the content of each course. These elements may also be addressed with specific lessons from a variety of resources. This content is not to be treated as a unit or separate body of knowledge but rather integrated into class activities as applications of the concept.

AAVTC-GDP-2 Build upon previous knowledge and demonstrate proper equipment operation and follow procedures in a safe manner and achieve 100 percent on a written or demonstration safety test.

AAVTC-GDP-3 Examine and prepare for career opportunities in the design profession.

AAVTC-GDP-4 Understand and demonstrate the fundamental basic elements and principles of design.

AAVTC-GDP-5 Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental basics of a creative brief and demonstrate the proper usage.

AAVTC-GDP-6 Explore color and the variety of methods in which it can be applied. Interpret and apply color models through graphic manipulations. Identify the output issues involving color and demonstrate the proper usage.

AAVTC-GDP-7 Explore different outlets for typography and define its role in design.

AAVTC-GDP-8 Develop professional written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and follow ethical guidelines and copyright laws.

AAVTC-GDP-9 Identify and demonstrate a working knowledge of illustration as it pertains to the design field.

AAVTC-GDP-10 Demonstrate knowledge of file management and file formats and digital file preparation.

AAVTC-GDP-11 Demonstrate proper usage of measuring units and devices.

AAVTC-GDP-12 Examine how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through leadership development, school and community service projects, and competitive events.


Required/Supplemental/Parallel Texts for the Course: N/A


  1. Sketchbook or Notebook
  2. Flash Drive


  • Employ current technology to investigate, create, communicate, and produce.
  • Apply a variety of problem-solving strategies.
    • Good design requires much thought and planning. You will be learning many ways to approach the design process.
  • Write effectively in assessing your own work and the work of others and in researching famous artists.
  • Communicate orally
    • Share your ideas with the class.
    • Discuss the work of others.
    • Participate in group critiques of student work.
  • Read critically
    • Research
  • Demonstrate self-control and respect for all individuals.
    • Speak honestly and respectfully to your classmates.
    • Respect their voices and their opinions in discussions and group critiques.
  • Pursue and participate in modes of artistic and creative expression.
  • Exhibit responsible citizenship.
    • Be responsible for your tools and your workspace.
    • Assist your classmates when needed.
    • Consider how you can reach out to the rest of the school and your community with your design work



Employability = 15%, Quizes, Classwork, Small Assignments = 25%, Projects, Test, Large Assignments 40%, Final Exam = 20% TOTAL = 100%


A – 100-90%

B – 89-80%

C – 79-74%

D – 70-73%

F – 69-Below


It is strongly encouraged that you keep your Synergy login information in a safe place and that you have access to the information when needed.  Parents should contact the Main Office (770.819.2521).

Please note that when you are viewing grades in Synergy that a blank grade column for your child has no effect on their grade.  If the space is blank, then your student may not have turned in that assignment due to absence or the teacher may not have entered grades for that assignment at that time.  An “X” means that the student is exempt from an assignment at the discretion of the teacher.

Homework/Class Work Requirements:

  • All work will be done in class. Failure to complete work will result in failure to complete project.


  • Some of the learning that takes place in this class will be student-driven and project based.  True learning takes place when students solve problems and discover things on their own.  I will not stand in front of the class and simply tell you what you need to know.
  • Some projects will be individual, but many will require you to work in a small group.  Generally groups will initially be two people but if students prove that they are able to work well in larger groups, I will allow it.
  • While I understand that some people prefer to work alone, working with others is an essential skill that is needed to be successful as an adult.  If you are one of these people, please speak with me in private and I will attempt to group you with other students in which you will be compatible.

Tests and Quizzes:

  • The majority of the tests and quizzes I give are multiple choice and short answer.  However, all tests can include a combination of any of the following: multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, graphs, charts, and map questions.
  • Quizzes will be scheduled in advance, but the teacher reserves the right to give pop quizzes. If participation in class is low, students are not able to participate in class discussions with reasonable intelligence of the material, and/or did not complete the homework, a pop quiz may be given. Quizzes will cover the readings that the student is to have completed, class activities, and any notes given in class lecture (normally only a week’s worth of material).


Students with no more than one excused absence may qualify to exempt one of their final exams.  Students with a course average of 80 or higher may exempt one final exam of their choice.  Students with a course average of 79 or below may request that ten percentage points be added to the final exam grade.  Towards the end of the semester, students who qualify may submit an Exam Exemption Form to the classroom teacher of their choice.  Teachers must verify that the student qualifies for the exemption.

LATE WORK POLICY: Any late work will receive a highest possible grade of a 70 if turned in after the assignment is due.  The student will have until the unit test to turn in late work and will receive a highest possible grade of 70.  No work will be graded after the Unit Test

ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY: If a student receives and excused absence he or she will be able to make up the work in class that was done for the day.  Each class has a rolling folder activity spot on the back wall.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain their work from the wall and complete and return in a timely manner.  The student has up to the amount of excused absences plus one day to complete any missing work.  After that point the work will be considered late and will be graded as such.


To avoid being counted tardy, students must be seated and ready for class when the bell rings.  School policy states that students may receive detention, In-School Suspension, and Out-of-School Suspension for repeated tardies.


Students can come in after school on Monday and Tuesday from 3:45-4:30.  Please make sure you sign-up if you are planning on coming to tutoring during any of these time.


As per the school’s policy, cell phones are not to be used during class time unless directed by the teacher for instructional purposes. Students will receive a discipline referral after one warning to put away any electronic device (unless the device is being used for instruction). Students are allowed to bring certain technologies to class (iPad, laptop, Kindle, etc.), but it should NOT interfere with the teaching or other’s learning.

GRADE RECOVERY: Students who score 69 or below on any unit assessment are allowed to retake the assessment.  The grade will not exceed a 70 for the unit assessment.  The retake must be completed with-in one week. Please view the teacher’s blog for notification when the assessment will be administered.


Cheating is considered a serious matter.  Any student who is involved in cheating/plagiarism will receive a grade of zero on the material, an unsatisfactory in conduct, and his/her parents will be notified.

For this course, cheating is defined as, but is not limited to, the following acts:

  • Copying anyone’s answers to questions, exercises, study guides, class work or homework assignments
  • Taking any information verbatim from any source, including the Internet, without giving proper credit to the author, or rearranging the order of words and/or changing some words as written by the author and claiming the work as his or her own, i.e., plagiarism.
  • Looking onto another student’s paper during a test or quiz.
  • Having available any study notes or other test aids during a test or quiz without the teacher’s permission.
  • Collaborating on assignments when independent work is expected.




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