This course is designed to stimulate students’ analytical and creative thinking abilities through the use of visual communications. Students are introduced to the Adobe software programs Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Fireworks as the basic set of tools. Students are introduced to the basic graphic design concepts of typography, composition, layout, color correction and the web. Through class discussions, instructions, research and collaboration, students are expected to complete unique projects that demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental concepts of art and design. Students also have an opportunity to devise research methodologies and are encouraged to draw from other classes and/or interests during the creative process. They continue to refine their computer application skills and learn about digital media and format. All work is considered for Flint Hill publications in print and on the web. Digital Imaging is a prerequisite to this course. (Full year, 1 credit)