Graphic Arts 20

Course Description

Students will learn the basics of graphic design skills through practical, hands-on assignments using industry-standard software. Learners will explore a couple of different avenues for graphic design: business-oriented skills, such as creating logos and brochures, and creative design skills, such as illustration and cartoon character creation.

Units of Study

  • Introduction to Graphic Arts
  • Layout, Typography, and Colour
  • Tools of Design
  • Illustration and Cartooning
  • Designing for Print & Screen
  • Project Development
  • Careers in Graphic Design

Course Materials

Supplied by the DLC

Textbook: Communicating through Graphic Design - Gatta & Golding

Obtained by Student

This courses requires that students are able to access the following software:
Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC*
* Older versions of the above listed software are acceptable. This software is not supplied by the Sun West Distance Learning Centre. Visit for educational and student pricing.

Suggested Career Pathways

  • Graphic Designer
  • Print Professional
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer



Delivery Method

Online Asynchronous


Grade 11

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