Graphic Design

 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.


  • Learn Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
  • Build your portfolio
  • Design Logos
  • Work with Clients


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop


  • Graphic Design 1
  • Graphic Design 2
  • Graphic Design Practicum


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