Welcome to Graphic Design
Welcome to a new school year at Legacy High School. I hope you had a fun summer, and are ready to learn some great things in graphic design. Having worked as a visual communicator for 20 years, I have quite a bit of design experience that I am excited to share with you. My top priority is you. If something is not clear or if you have questions, please ask. My goal is for you to get as much as possible out of this class. You will determine how far you can go. I encourage “outside of the box” thinking. I hope you will feel comfortable enough to experiment and be creative. I am expecting great things this year and I am excited to see all of the creative ideas you will bring to the class.
This is a CTE class. This gives you a variety of opportunities that you can take advantage of. One of which is the CTE diploma. That means that if you complete all three years of the course with at least a B average, and pass the end of course exams in Employability skills and Graphic Design you will earn the CTE diploma. This certifies you as ready for entry level employment in the field of Graphic Design. By the end of this course, you will have a digital portfolio that can be used if you are applying for a job in the graphic design field or planning on entering an art or design program after high school. This year we will be utilizing the Canvas LMS, the digital learning management system provided by CCSD. Everyday you should check it for meeting details, project details, recorded meetings, and other information I need to communicate to you and your parents. Every week lessons will be archived so if you are absent you can check back to see what we are working on. Expect to be challenged! It is going to be a great year!
I have included (below) some helpful information to ensure that you are successful during our virtual learning period due to Covid-19.
Online and virtual learning can be very different, as a student working in a virtual environment there are a few things you can do to help ensure your success in this class or others.
- Get and use a calendar. Paper, cell phone, or computer spreadsheet, it doesn't matter what kind of calendar you use, just make sure you have one and you keep it updated with all of your assignment due dates.
- Plan ahead. Do you have a large assignment or paper due at the end of the semester? Work backwards on your calendar and set deadlines for yourself on when you would like to have different parts of assignments completed. This way you won't be stressed and rushing to complete a big assignment at the end of the semester.
- Plan for the unexpected. You never know when your computer might get a virus, your Internet might go down, or you might get sick. Don't wait until the last minute to try and complete your assignments.
- Prioritize your assignments. Start with the most difficult assignment. That way you'll have more energy and brainpower to dedicate to the task.
- Dedicated study space and time. Determine a study place and time when you won't be distracted and can concentrate on your assignments. This might be early in the morning or late in the evening, but it should be a time that your mind is clear and ready to concentrate!
- Blocks of study time. Most people can only study for 40-60 minutes at a time before they become restless. Figure out how long you can concentrate on one subject and then schedule your studying into blocks of time allowing for breaks in between. Cramming all your studying into one big 3 or 4-hour chunk is not an efficient or effective way to study or complete assignments!
I look forward to seeing all of you on August 24, 2020,