Digital Design I students learn the skills needed to develop a broad perspective of art, design, communication theory, processes and tools and their applications in Digital Design. Students will apply design elements and principles to projects such as print media publications and digital media. Students will also explore the trends in the global field of design and its application in print, product, and environmental realms. Students will understand the impact of the arts and design throughout history, various cultures and theory such as elements and principles of design to enhance their artistic vision and style. Through design projects, students will develop problem-solving skills, artistic perception, critical thinking, and self-reflection. Learning and using current versions of industry-standard software and programs will provide students with a professional environment and the associated responsibilities as graphic designers. Digital Design I also includes the history and developments of major industry processes, printing, application, layout, and design as it pertains to a variety of substrates; environmental considerations and restrictions.
Integrated throughout the course are standards for Career Ready Practice and Academic Content Standards which include: appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge; communication skills; career planning; applied technology; critical thinking and problem solving; personal health and financial literacy; citizenship, integrity, ethical leadership and effective management; work productively while integrating cultural and global competence; creativity and innovation; reliable research strategies, and environment, social and economic impacts of decisions.