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Graphic Design is the creative practice of conveying an idea, or communicating a message esthetically with images, graphics and type.  Graphic design often refers to both the process by which the communication is created and the products which are generated.  Graphic designers work in a variety of areas; producing visual identity (logos and branding), publications (magazines, newspapers and books), print media (posters, billboards, signs, product packaging), illustration and interactive design (animation, websites, apps, games, and emerging technologies).

The graphic design program gives students the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge required to function within the graphic design industry.  Students use industry standard software and traditional media to visually express their ideas.  By the end of the program, they will be able to produce graphic design and layout, illustration, and interactive graphic design to gain entry-level industry employment.  Students also have the opportunity to work as self-employed graphic designers, or to continue their studies in graphic design at the post-secondary level.

The first course in this program is Introduction to Exploration of Graphic Design 10S (GDA10S). This course is intended for students wishing to explore graphic design.  Students will be encouraged to think creatively as they solve basic challenges and become acquainted with some of the trade's software.   During this course, students will explore:

  • Package Design and Production
  • Colour, Design and Typography
  • Print Communications
  • Animation


Students continuing in this program in Grade 10, 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to further develop their skill in:

  • The Principles and Elements of Design - What makes good design GREAT!
  • Branding - Logo Design, Corporate Identity and Ad Design and Layout
  • Type Design and Typography - The art of creating fonts and setting type
  • Web Design - Planning and designing creative, functional websites
  • Illustration - drawing technique and digital painting
  • 2D and 3D Animation