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Graphic Design & Video Editing Course for High School Students

Graphic Design & Video Editing Course for High School Students

Graphic Design & Video Editing Summer Course: Course Description

In this program, students spend two weeks learning graphic design principles and tools along with another two weeks learning video editing and motion graphics

Students gain familiarity with all the key Adobe tools used by graphic designers and video editors in this program and jumpstart their knowledge in each domain. 

In the first two weeks, students learn to use Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop for graphic design. Students will learn the skills and tools they need to jumpstart their graphic design pursuits. 

In the following two weeks, students learn to go beyond static design and make things move with video editing and motion graphics. Students work on animation with After Effects and video editing with Premiere Pro, the industry-standard tools used by professional video editors. 

Students with prior experience in graphic design, or only wanting to learn video editing and motion graphics can take the two week video editing and motion graphics course

Schedule: Every weekday from 10 am — 1 pm for four weeks

  • Method of Delivery: Live Online. Live-streamed with the ability to ask questions and interact with instructor real-time. 
  • Prerequisites & Ages: No prior design experience is required.
  • Computer: Live online attendees should have their own Mac or PC. We will assist with any software setup prior to the course.

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Understanding Graphic Design, Video Editing, and Motion Graphics

To get started in graphic design, video editing, and motion graphics, you’ll want to learn the applications and skills used by professional designers. These commonly used tools and skills are:

  • Adobe Photoshop: Photoshop is the industry-standard photo editing app, but you can do a lot more with it than just manipulate photos. It’s very versatile and used by photographers, designers, videographers, and more to edit photos, create graphics, design websites, and build animated GIFs... just to name a few. Photoshop is one of the standard apps every graphic designer knows. You can use it to create graphics for many types of uses such as social media, web, emails, video, and print. The graphics can contain photos, text, logos, icons, etc. Photoshop can open and export a wide variety of graphic file formats, so you can use it across many industries.

  • Adobe InDesign: From long documents (such as books and magazines) to short documents (such as brochures and business cards), InDesign is perfect for creating layouts that combine text and graphics. InDesign is ideal for creating designs that will be printed but can also be used for digital output such as eBooks, PDF, and more.

  • Adobe Illustrator: Illustrator is the industry-standard vector graphics and illustration app. Designers and illustrators use it to create logos, web graphics, fashion designs, product packaging, and so much more. Even if you can’t draw things by hand, there’s still a lot of things you can do with Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator's applications include drawings, logos, icons, web graphics, social media, product packaging, and fashion design.

  • Video Editing: Video editors cut, move, and manipulate videos to create a completed video product. They put together video, photos, and layouts that emphasize the content of the photo itself, rather than the design of the layout being used. Basic stop-motion animation also falls within the video editing category. One of the primary tools used for video editing is Adobe Premiere Pro, which is used in this course.

  • Motion Graphics: Enhancing video and design through movement. If you have watched the introduction to a sporting event, with multiple video images composited together, you have seen motion graphics at work. Motion graphics artists create antimations, apply effects, and composite multiple elements together to create compelling images and stories through motion. In this course, students learn to create motion graphics using Adobe After Effects, a commonly used application for motion graphics professionals. 

Graphic Design & Video Editing Course for High School Students Course Dates

All classes are led by a live instructor. Class times listed are Eastern time.


Please call 800-851-9237 or 781-376-6044 to schedule a course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

Graphic Design and Video Editing for High School Students: Course Topics

Graphic Design Perspectives

  • Why design is important
  • Understanding the International Typographic Style

Understanding the importance of sketching in graphic design

  • Low fidelity methods
  • Developing innovative concepts
  • Creating flexibility in early stages of design

Understanding space in graphic design

  • Understanding and using negative space
  • Creating designs that utilize white and non-white space

Balance in design

  • Understanding types of balance
  • Experimenting with symmetrical and asymmetrical designs
  • Experimenting with weight in order to create more dynamic designs

Typography: designing with the effective use of type

  • Typeface scenarios.
  • Understanding which typefaces are best to use in different situations
  • Basic typography rules that help improve viewer’s experience
  • Building an effective and successful information hierarchy with a type ramp

Understanding design proportions

  • Building a beautifully proportioned layout for your design
  • How positioning can affect aesthetics of your design
  • Incorporating the golden mean into your designs

Influence of color on graphic design

  • Understanding HSL (Hue, Saturation and Luminosity)
  • Designing with color

Photoshop for Graphic Design

  • Introduction to the Photoshop workspace, tools, and panels
  • Editing specific areas using selections in Photoshop
  • Understanding various ways to create selections
  • Color Correcting Images with Photoshop
  • Understanding Photoshop Color Modes
  • Introduction to Content-Aware Tools in Photoshop
  • Content–Aware retouching in Photoshop
  • Using Photoshop layers
  • Combining images

Adobe Illustrator for Graphic Design

  • When to use Illustrator
  • Differences between Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Understanding the Illustrator Workspace
  • Illustrator Essential Skills
  • Drawing using Illustrator's Tools
  • Creating, applying and saving color
  • Adding text to designs and applying formatting
  • Using Layers to organize Illustrator artwork

Adobe InDesign for Graphic Design

  • Understanding InDesign Tools
  • Creating documents using InDesign
  • Navigating within InDesign documents
  • Adding, editing, and formatting Text using InDesign
  • Adding graphics to a layout using InDesign
  • Applying color to layouts using InDesign
  • Transforming Objects in InDesign
  • Adding, Deleting & Arranging Pages in InDesign
  • Using Master Pages in InDesign
  • Printing and Exporting from InDesign to share your documents

Video Editing Using Premiere Pro

  • Core concepts of digital video
  • Navigating the Workspace
  • Importing media
  • Basic editing
  • Creating transitions
  • Using markers
  • Applying effects and filters
  • Creating titles
  • Superimposing video
  • Essential audio editing capabilities
  • Exporting and rendering video for sharing and distribution

Motion Graphics and Special Effects Using After Effects

  • Using the After Effects Interface
  • Importing and organizing media
  • Using Layers in After Effects
  • Using Keyframes
  • Working with Text
  • Using Masking and Alpha Channels
  • Using Effects
  • Creating Motion Graphics
  • Sharing files between After Effects and Premiere Pro
  • Exporting from After Effects

Prior design experience is not required.

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