Department: CTAE

COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Graphic Design

PHONE: 770-819-2521 Ext. 803b


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 is designed as the foundational course for both the Graphics Production and Graphics Design pathways. The Graphics and Design course provides students with the processes involved in the technologies of printing, publishing, packaging, electronic imaging, and their allied industries. In addition, the Graphics and Design course offers a range of cognitive skills, aesthetics, and crafts that includes typography, visual arts, and page layout. Pre-requisite for this course is adviser approval.

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Aligned with Career Tech / Georgia Performance Standards)

• AAVTC-IGD-1 Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.
• AAVTC-IGD-2 Explore careers available in the field of graphic communications and the design industry.
• AAVTC-IGD-3 Discuss developments and individuals relating to the history of the graphics and design industry and explore emerging trends and technologies.
• AAVTC-IGD-4 Examine the professional and ethical issues involved in the visual communications and design industries.
• AAVTC-IGD-5 Examine and describe the business cycle elements.
• AAVTC-IGD-6 Explain and demonstrate how to operate equipment in a safe manner.
• AAVTC-IGD-7 Identify safety and health procedures utilized in the classroom/lab environment.
• AAVTC-IGD-8 Demonstrate proper usage of measuring units and devices.
• AAVTC-IGD-9 Recognize and utilize basic paper types and sizes for output.
• AAVTC-IGD-10 Generate and manipulate various graphic imaging processes.
• AAVTC-IGD-11 Analyze pre-press, pre-flight, and output operations.
• AAVTC-IGD-12 Understand and demonstrate how to design a page layout.
• AAVTC-IGD-13 Identify and define the five elements incorporated in basic graphic designs and understand the application of effective color usage.
• AAVTC-IGD-14 Identify and produce files utilizing different digital formats.
• AAVTC-IGD-15 Identify and demonstrate page layout terminology and tools.
• AAVTC-IGD-16 Distinguish and demonstrate the difference between page layout, raster-based photo manipulation, and vector-based graphic software applications.
• AAVTC-IGD-17 Discuss the origins of type by examining the evolution of letterforms.
• AAVTC-IGD-18 Evaluate the function of typeface design in supporting legibility in a variety of media applications.
• AAVTC-IGD-19 Distinguish between the different print/output processes.
• AAVTC-IGD-20 Explore the different electronic imaging processes.
• AAVTC-IGD-21 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.


CTLSFormative Assessments10%
FinalSummative Assessments20%
ClassworkFormative Assessment30%
ProjectsSummative Assessment30%
Professional ExecutionFormative Assessment10%


A — 100-90%

B — 89-80%

C — 79-74%

D — 73-70%

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.

Goal for Student Achievement – Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through reading and writing in all content areas.

Goal for School Performance – Pebblebrook High School community will encourage and support students to enroll in the most appropriate and challenging courses for each individual, which may include honors and AP courses as well as advanced study in Fine Arts, Career Technology and Agricultural Education, and Physical Education


  • Follow the “5 R’s”
    • Be in the RIGHT PLACE
    • At the RIGHT TIME
    • With the RIGHT MATERIALS
    • With RESPECT:
      • For Yourself – Don’t let your name be associated with anything less than your best.
      • For Others – Follow the “Golden Rule”, do unto others as you would like done to you.
      • For the equipment – It’s a privilege to use the equipment – take your time, ask if you don’t know, and be careful.
    • SAFETY FIRST – in all we do.


  • Students shall not use, display or turn on cellular phones, video phones, or electronic devices during instruction time except when a teacher uses these devices for instructional purposes. The consequences for inappropriate cell phone use are:

1st offense – Warning

2nd offense – Forceful Warning

3rd offense – 2 Days of ISS


  • Students entering the class late must have a tardy slip stamped with the time.
  • Students, who arrive after the bell without a tardy slip will be marked tardy.
  • Excessive tardies will serve 2 days ISS.
  • Attendance is critical to the student’s AND their Production Team’s success in this class.


  • Students will be allowed to make up any work missed during an EXCUSED absence. The absence MUST be excused and the admit slip must be presented within two days of returning from the absence.
  • It is the STUDENT’s responsibility to present the admit slip and request any materials, assignments, assessments, etc. from the teacher.
  • Students have five (5) school days to turn in assignments or make up assessments. All missing assignments will be recorded as a zero until the assignment is turned in and graded.
  • Students who know they will be absent need to let any partners and Mr. Wardlaw know in advance.
  • Students absent for more than 50% of a production project may be assigned a separate individual project to make up the work.


  • If a student is present at school for any part of the school day, he or she is expected to turn in work due that day. Failure to do so makes the work one day late.
  • Assignments are due by the end of the period of the due date. Assignments turned in late will be subject to the following penalties: Assignments turned in after the period due but by the end of the day: 10% penalty; 1 day late: 25% penalty, 2 days late: 50% penalty and 3 days late: 75% penalty. Late assignments will not be accepted beyond the third day.


  • Absolutely NO food or drink is allowed beyond the classroom doors and near computers or production equipment.
  • If approved by instructor only, students may eat or drink in our “break room” area
    and students are responsible for fully cleaning up their area.
  • Failure to do so will forfeit the privilege of eating/drinking in the “break room”.


  • Due to the nature of the course, we will be studying from a variety of television, film, print and internet media.
  • Student material produced with school equipment are the property of the school and may be used for instruction, posted on the internet, shown on television, or submitted to a variety of media festivals nationwide.
  • Additionally, footage of students, their work, and classroom activities may be used for various classroom-related purposes and may be posted to the internet or the blog. No last names will be used. Cobb County media policies will be followed at all times.

Introduction to Graphics and Design – Course Syllabus

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


  • Introduction to Graphics and Design (IGD) is a Career Tech class and in many cases will be modeled after “real world” jobs. To that end, we will be developing the professional skills needed to prepare the students for college and the workforce.
  • Each student will be asked to use a gmail e-mail address. If they do not have one they will be ask to make one using the following format:
    • ( first initial of first name)(last name)
  • Each student will produce a presentation capes deck with examples of their best work
  • We will use Schoology in the classroom to share work.


  • USB Flash Drive (8 GB+): Students will be working with a variety of large media files as they complete projects. Due to the limited storage capacity, the students will need their own flash drive to store their finished projects.
  • Design elements. Students will need a variety of equipment, some of which we will announce as the semester goes on. To begin the semester, students should have something to write with and a spiral, composition book or moleskin sketchbook.  Colored pencils, drawing pencils and graphic paper would be helpful.


  • Students are responsible for the proper use & care of all equipment, whether they are working alone or in a group.
  • Improper use of equipment may result in the forfeiture of equipment privileges which may impact grades on projects. Future use will be determined by Mr. Wardlaw after demonstrating a renewed sense of responsibility.  Damaging equipment could also mean removal from the program/class and exclusion from taking more advanced classes.
  • DAMAGE POLICY: If equipment is damaged or broken while under the supervision of a student due to negligence, improper use, inappropriate conduct or carelessness, the student is responsible for the cost required to repair or replace the equipment as this is damage of school property.  This equipment policy is a standard policy for all programs at Pebblebrook High School and is supported by the administration at both the school and county level.


  • Students in Graphics and Design use the computers / internet for work on individual and group projects. Computers are not to be used for internet browsing, personal entertainment, or work on other class assignments.
  • Furthermore, students must also know and follow the acceptable use policies for Cobb County Schools and Pebblebrook High School. All content, whether video or audio, must be school appropriate.
  • Students who misuse the computers or use content that is inappropriate will face consequences, including but not limited to a failing grade on the project, removal of computer/equipment privileges, and the assignment of book work in lieu of media projects. In some cases, as student could be removed from the program / class due to this misuse.