Available courses

CTE Graphic Design Basics is a one-year, Career Technical Education course that introduces and emphasizes the development of professional design skills in visual communications, graphic design, and layout. The course incorporates project-based learning and is constructed so that each unit builds and prepares student skills to be applied in subsequent units. A rigorous framework of reading, writing, class discussions, and design exercises enable each student to master a foundation of techniques and skills they apply to assigned projects using page-layout or image-editing software. They acquire an awareness and appreciation for contemporary design in today’s global environment, and learn to value the nuances of graphic communication. The course objective is to enable unique and effective, critical and creative problem solving skills to organize students for an entry-level career or for more advanced studies in graphic communications that concentrate on topics merely introduced in this course.

Graphic design II is a course that provides advanced study in communications design, with strong emphasis on electronic publishing. The course follows the industry's leading technologies in creating online interactive multimedia applications, which are supported by PCs and remote devices. The course is open to continuing Graphic Design students.

The software we use is InDesign, which is the industry standard long document publisher. It provides the tools for creating interactive content that can be converted to Acrobat and several other electronic publishing formats, including Acrobat, iPad, and Android.

During the term, students will have the opportunity to produce a variety of publications from artwork and literary material produced by MVHS students. These may be printed or uploaded to various websites as interactive Acrobat applications.

This is a one-term course equivalent to one year of course work. It introduces students to contemporary media as an extension of the creative experience. Covered in this survey of visual communications are aesthetics, art-criticism, art-history, art-making and self-expression. Students analyze and compare traditional art with contemporary art and methods and use of technology in the art experience. The course includes exploring different cultural influences, historical periods and movements in art. Through lecture, research, reading materials and assigned projects, the course emphasizes the elements and principles of art in a manner that engages students. The course concludes with relative links between the visual arts and professional career possibilities.