Welcome to Digital Design. This course focuses on the uses of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator for document layout and element design. Students have the opportunity to learn how to integrate text, graphics, and photographs to create a variety of professional quality finished documents for practical and business use.
In Digital Design, students will learn:
• Basic Principles of design
• Basic Principles of type and typography
• Use of rulers, guides, and snap-to guides
• Formatting type including styles, sizes, leading,
• Using the edit menu - cutting, copying, pasting
• Multiple pasting, editing stories, spell checking
• Formatting paragraphs, moving/resizing text blocks,
leading adjustment etc.
• Placing, resizing and editing graphics
• Placing, resizing and editing photographs
• Setting up styles - both character and paragraph
• Grouping and aligning objects, multiple pasting with
“step and repeat” functions
• Graphic formats, links, resolutions
• Color, color libraries and color separation
• Bi-fold brochures and other custom layouts
• Printing solutions
Textbooks for Digital Design:
Because the world of Digital Advertising changes so rapidly, there is no text that is appropriate for this course. We will be using the Help menus within the CS5.5 versions of these different pieces of software, and will access Adobe’s website for any answers to questions that Ms. Bratton cannot answer.
Classroom Expectations:My classroom is a fluid and creative environment in which students thrive when they feel safe and engaged. I value creativity and respect. I insist that my students respect me, each other, and the equipment that we use. If we can create that respect, we will all learn and have fun doing it.
Class projects - 6-8 during the semester: 10% eachConsistent and timely class attendance: 5-15%, depending on how many projects we completeConsistent class participation and time management: 25%
Class Participation will be assessed and posted on a weekly basis.
Class Projects will be graded and posted one week after the project's completion.
Late Work Policy:
If a student is absent, he or she is responsible to find out what they missed. He or she will have one day to complete the work for every day absent. All projects will have clearly set deadlines. Completion of the project by the deadline will factor in to the final project grade.
This class is based entirely on projects that will be completed during class periods. Because class time is so important, poor or consistently tardy attendance will negatively impact a student’s grade. Consistent class participation will ensure a student’s success in this class.