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Digital Art and Design

Digital Art & Design


Instructor: Jeanette Mangels

Ever-changing technological advancements offer newer and broader opportunities in the creative industry. The Digital Art and Design program prepares students for a multitude of careers in the graphic design field. This program provides instruction in layout, computer design, electronic art, color enhancement, animation, and digital photography. Students use design concepts, principles, and processes that meet client expectations using Adobe Creative Suite. 

Software: Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Animate, After Effects, Dimension, XD, and Acrobat. 

Students will have the opportunity to attain OSHA and Adobe Certified Associate certification. Students will compile their works for inclusion in a portfolio, for use in this program of study, the workforce, or postsecondary education.

Career development and employability skills are the foundation of all career and technology education. Coursework will provide a secure foundation for future training in the student's career and will comply with South Carolina competency standards for Digital Art and Design. 

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Course Syllabus: DAD1

Grade: 10, 11
Semesters: 1, Credit: 1 
Prerequisite: Algebra I, English I, Art 1

Digital Art & Design 1 introduces students to the digital art and graphic design industries. Students will use industry software and design concepts, principles, and processes to manipulate text and graphics, utilize and output appropriate file formats for Web and print, and meet client expectations. Topics of study will include workplace safety, computer operations, the creative process, logo design, print design, and personal branding. 

Students will be required to earn a 10-hour OSHA certification (workplace safety). 


Course Syllabus: DAD2

Grade: 10, 11
Semesters: 1, Credit: 1 
Prerequisite: 70 or higher final grade in Digital Art and Design 1

Digital Art & Design 2 affords students the opportunity to build on their basic design skill set by adding to their production abilities. Topics of study will include personal branding, animation, photography, Photoshop, website design, portfolio development, and presentation skills.

Students will be required to produce and present a digital portfolio. 


Course Syllabus DAD3

Grade: 11, 12
Semesters: 1, Credit: 1 
Prerequisite: 70 or higher final grade in Digital Art and Design 2
Digital Art & Design 3 coursework will continue to prepare students for careers in the digital art and design fields. Advanced skills will be applied in various media formats; including print design, website design, 3-D design, digital media, product design, packaging, and company branding. The course includes a focus on job resume application and interview skills. 

This course will prepare students for the next chapter of their career exploration by examining advanced opportunities for learning through two and four-year degree programs, internships, and apprenticeships, as well as direct-to-work pathways.

Students will be required to earn an ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) certification in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.


Course Syllabus: DAD4

Grade: 11, 12
Semesters: 1, Credit: 1 
Prerequisite: 70 or higher final grade in Digital Art and Design 3

The Digital Art & Design 4 course is a student’s capstone experience. Students enrolled in this course will continue their work on their digital portfolio and their required Capstone Project, as well as additional certifications. Students will work individually and in groups while planning, prototyping, and designing projects. Students will further connect with industry professionals through the presentation and exhibition of their work.

All students completing a two-year program at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies are required to complete a capstone project.