Graphic Design

work with clients  |  design logos  |  earn certifications

The overall goal of the Graphic Design program at The Guthrie Center is to develop the creative talents and communication skills of students. Graphic Designers shape our visual environment through the manipulation of type, image and space to transform messages into effective, powerful communications. Graphic design concepts are used to design logos, ads, magazines, websites, interactive programs, motion graphics and titles.

Today our society relies more and more on visual communication. Graphic Design is a valuable skill for understanding and deciphering the world and is a important skill set for any career a student ultimately pursue.

Graphic Design begins with the the principles of design, type, color theory, imaging techniques, using digital cameras, and scanners. There is training in hand skills and computer skills using Adobe Creative Suite software. Students will work with words and image to design images, logos, posters, and brochures.

The second year class and subsequent practicum continues deeper into concepts and processes. Adobe Creative Suite with projects in editorial design, website design, and motion graphics can be mastered.

Anyone with enthusiasm, focus, and attention to detail can be successful in Graphic Design. Drawing and sketching experience from Art classes is optimal and an advantage, but not a required prerequisite.


  • Adobe Certified Associate – Illustrator
  • Adobe Certified Associate – InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Associate - Photoshop



2021-22 Graphic Design Classes

Graphic Design 1

Utilize the latest tools and software to design colorful, exciting, eye catching, engaging and memorable advertising and marketing communications that will have people abuzz about the products and services that you feature. This course focuses on the basics of color and design, illustration and the effective use of typography to showcase your clients’ products or services to their potential customers. Learn Adobe software tools that professionals use to bring your ideas to print - the Adobe Design Suite, Font Folio and more.

Grades: 10-11

Graphic Design 2

Today our society relies on visual communication. The second year continues deeper into concepts and processes of Graphic Design for print and web. Adobe Creative Suite with projects in editorial, web and motion graphic design can be mastered.

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Graphic Design 1.
Grades: 11-12
Technical Certification Attainable: Adobe Certified Associate - Illustrator

Graphic Design Practicum

Work on actual projects with customers from businesses and school district departments to get a real taste of the Graphic Design career. 

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Graphic Design 2.
Grades: 12
Technical Certification Attainable: Adobe Certified Associate - InDesign