Design & Illustration

Design & Illustration

“Design is art people use.” Design and Illustration is a one-year graphic design and illustration program. Over the course of the year, students create both an electronic and physical art portfolio that can be used to apply to colleges, internships or entry-level graphic design and illustration positions. Students utilize traditional art materials in conjunction with a variety of computer programs and technology, including: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, digital drawing tablets, digital cameras and scanners to create portfolio-ready works of art. Emphasis is placed on learning and articulating the creative process as well as exploring personal expression. Careers in the arts are also investigated.

Grades 11-12 | Half Day | 120 minutes daily

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  • 10 credits on transcript
  • One of the following: Basic Art, Drawing 1 or one semester of Visual Communications
  • Interest in: art, design, computers


(Upon completion of one year program)

  • 1 embedded fine arts credit
  • 2 elective credits
  • VUHS students also receive a .5 technology credit

Qualifying students earn 6 college credits at no cost to the student!

Industry Recognized Credentials

  • National Portfolio Day
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Adobe Suite Software
  • Real Graphic Design Problems

Professional Skill Building

  • Advanced Topics in Graphic Design
  • Digital Art Technologies
  • Art & Design Software
  • Drawing: Traditional & Digital
  • Color Theory & Use
  • Logo Design
  • Poster & Publication Design
  • Art Analysis & Critique
  • Portfolio Development
  • Illustration Techniques
  • Printmaking
  • Typography