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Graphic Design Class for High School Students - Summer

Graphic Design Class for High School Students

In this Graphic Design class, high school students learn the principles of great design and typography from a design industry professional while using professional-grade Adobe design software to create digital drawings, logos, advertisements, magazine layouts, and more. Students complete the week by creating a digital portfolio to showcase their work. No prior art or design experience is necessary for this program. This graphic design class is generally offered for one week only each year in the summer, yet for the summer of 2020 the graphic design course for high school students will occur live online over two consecutive weeks. This updated schedule allows for shorter online days, yet covers the same materials in live, small-group workshops. No previous experience with graphic design or specific design applications is required.

Graphic Design Class Topics Covered:

  • Principles of great graphic design
  • Digital drawing and tracing
  • Typography and text effects
  • Creating print advertisements
  • Editing and retouching images
  • Designing and creating a logo
  • Print design layouts
  • Conducting a design critique
  • Creating a digital design portfolio

Applications used for the graphic design class (all supplied for in-class use):

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

By the end of the graphic design class, students will gain:

  • Knowledge of basic design principles
  • Basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Insight into the opportunities and challenges of a design career
  • Portfolio of graphic design work

Course Dates
This graphic design course meets online every weekday from 10 am - 1 pm.
Course meets for two weeks from August 3 to August 14, 2020.

Graphic Design Class for High School Students - Sample Daily Schedule

9:45 am - Log-in to live online classroom

10:00 am - Workshops start: learn new topics and techniques with live instructor

11:00 am - Complete practice exercises

11:30 am - Learn new topics and techniques

12:00 pm - Project planning; Individual or collaborative project work

12:30 pm - Review and share projects

1:00 pm - Class ends for the day

All times are Eastern. While the start and end-times remain consistent, the in-class schedule may vary based upon materials being covered.

If you are interested in a longer program, see our four-week graphic design summer certificate program.


Please call 800-851-9237 to schedule this training course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

There are no prerequisites for this course. It is open to high school students and middle school students ages 13 to 18.

You will receive comprehensive course materials with this class developed by the Adobe Certified Instructors at AGI. AGI instructors have created many of the official training guides and books for Adobe Systems.

Available Delivery Methods For This Class