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Graphic Design* Pathway

Why Graphic Design?

Graphic design is a creative process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas. The designer works with a variety of communication tools in order to convey a message from a client to a particular audience. Students who participate in the Graphic Design Career Pathway will use the Macintosh computer as a design tool, and computer hardware and system functions will be reviewed in-depth. Students will demonstrate proficiency with exciting professional computer-designed layouts. Advanced classes will allow students to develop design techniques and continue the process to the printing press to see their completed projects on a variety of media.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

  • Creative/Art Director is the head of a creative team that produces artwork to be displayed in magazines, television, billboards, the web and many other products.
  • Layout Artist shapes the structure and layout of images and text in an attractive format for printed material.
  • Brand Identity Designer works with the visual aspects of a company or an organization’s overall brand or identity.
  • Logo Designer creates a sketched or graphically designed symbol, in a specific font and arranged in a unique way with distinct colors, shapes and designs to represent a company, product or service.
  • Flash Designer stays up to date with the newest and trendiest technology used in the current web design process.
  • Illustrator conceptualizes and creates illustrations that represent an idea or a story through images.

You can also explore other graphics-related careers such as a technical illustrator, photoshop artist, multimedia designer, photographer, prepress technician or web designer. The program offers advanced classes that incorporate experiences that simulate the graphic design industry through school and work-based learning opportunities.


The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. Graphic Design is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.


*The Graphic Design program is "industry certified" by PrintED, administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®). An "industry certified" program has received a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.

adobe aca logo*Students in this pathway have the opportunity to sit for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator.  Adobe Illustrator software is the industry’s premier vector-drawing environment for creating scalable graphics. Digital media gurus bring their unique vision to life with shapes, color, effects, and typography by using a host of powerful functions to make fast work of their most complex designs.

Graphic Design Courses & Schedule

Graphic Design Production Schedule

Introduction to Graphics & Design - 48.5610081/82 - 2 semesters. 
This course builds a foundation for various functions of the printing industry - emphasizing layout, composition, art, design and operation of printing and finishing machinery and technology. The goal of this course is to provide all students with an introduction to the principles of graphic communications and design and its place in the world. Exposure to career possibilities and discussion of ethical issues relating to graphic communications and design will also be important threads in this course. No Prerequisite: Recommended Pre-requisite Skill: Keyboarding

Graphic Design & Production - 48.5620081/82 - 2 semesters.
This advanced course in printing and printing technology offers career exploration in the printing field. This program focuses on the procedures commonly used in the graphic communication and design industries. Students will gain experience in creative problem solving and the practical implementation of those solutions across multiple areas of graphic communications. (10th-12th graders). Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Communication (2 semesters)

Advanced Graphic Design – 48.5280081/82 - 2 semesters.
Students will continue to explore the principles of design and layout procedures as they relate to graphic design. Content will cover electronic systems and software programs used in graphic design, page composition, image conversion and digital printing. Knowledge and skills in digital design and imaging will be enhanced through experiences that simulate the graphic design industry through school and work-based learning opportunities. Prerequisite: Graphic Design & Production (2 semesters)
Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Graphic Design

•    American Intercontinental University
•    Art Institute of Atlanta
•    Atlanta Technical College
•    Bauder College
•    Brenau University
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    DeKalb Technical College
•    Fort Valley State University
•    Herzing College

Most major colleges also offer programs in the field of graphics. The schools listed are graphic specific schools.


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