Graphic Design @ KIPP
Miss Zamora

Graphic Design Syllabus                                                                                     Ms Zamora:



The next time you read your favorite magazine or go through the latest catalog that arrives in your mailbox, stop for a moment and think about how that publication came to be. First, writers, editors and designers participate in the creative process Printers take that creative work and turn it into the publications you read every day.” 


Description: This course teaches art and technology. In this class students will use design as a creative process in communication.  Students will also explore various methods used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. Students will use the basic elements and principles of art and also learn how to use the computer programs Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Student will work individually to complete several projects that enable the student to learn how to work independently. Student assessment will be based on individual completion of projects, written reports, final portfolio quiz of student’s knowledge of important design concepts. Students will explain how they worked through the assignment.


Course Objectives:

Completing the Graphic Design program, the student will:

            • Learn the "language" of visual design.
            • Deconstruct visual imagery from a consumer/producer perspective.
            • Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop as a production tool.
            • Learn how to professionally edit photographs.
            • Learn to use Adobe InDesign as a spread layout.
            • Combine Art, Photography and Illustration. 

Materials Needed:

  • Binder/Paper
  • Pen for note-taking
  • USB drive (flash drive)
  • Internet account (GMAIL)


Grade Weighting and Evaluation:

Projects 30%

Quizzes   25%

Classwork/Participation 45%


Classroom Procedures:

Students will walk in to collect handout, binder, and sit at their assigned seat before bell rings. After the do-now/overview of the day, independent work will commence at assigned computer. A closing exercise will conclude the day before students line up to exit the classroom. 

Classroom Rules/ Regulations:

  1. Be on time. (This means inside the classroom by tardy bell with sharpened pencils, usable eraser, do-now sheet and any other assigned work.)
  2. Follow directions. (This pertains to all areas at all times.  You are required to clean up your area, the sink area and any other area designated by the teacher.  For the protection of your work as well as your neighbor’s work, food and drinks will be allowed only at pre-designated areas.) 
  3. Be courteous. (Practice the three “R’s” of Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships as they relate to your instructor, fellow students, and your art room.  No profanity or racial put downs are allowed.)
  4. Follow KIPP policies.


If you choose to break the rules, the following will result:

  1. Warning
  2. Conversation
  3. Decline in daily participation grade
  4. Documentation: Phone call home




Student’s Commitment:

I fully commit to the following:

  • I understand that I am responsible for my own character, academic growth, and success.
  • I will report to class each day on time and will come prepared and ready to learn.
  • I will work, think, and behave in the best way possible and I will do whatever it takes to succeed in this course.  As a result, I will always follow the KIPP Credo:
  • If there is a problem, I will look for a solution.
  • If a teammate needs help, I will give it.
  • I will show respect for school property and the property of others.
  • I will follow the mac lab policies, including discipline, dress code, and cell phone/food/drink as detailed in student handbook.
  • I will build relationships with peers who will contribute to my educational development and personal growth.