Graphic Design

Graphic designers create visual concepts by hand and by using computer graphics software to communicate ideas and images that inspire, inform, or captivate target audiences. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, corporate reports, websites and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, advertising, public relations and related service industries.

Program Description

Learn digital illustration, photo manipulation, and page layout using Adobe Creative Suite. Students will also learn professional business practices, print and digital production processes, and project management skills to better prepare them for high demand careers in the visual arts field.

To Be Successful

Students in this program are creative and enjoy hands-on activities, and those who are most successful are able to prioritize and manage multiple projects. Strong art and computer background and the ability to work independently and as a team member are helpful skills.

Textbook reading level: 10th grade.

Student Organization


Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Graphic Design
  • Printing
  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • Web Site Design
  • Photography
  • Computer Animation

*Only your local high school can award academic credit. See your counselor for more information.

  • 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.

  • Baker College
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Jackson College
  • Siena Heights University
  • Washtenaw Community College


  • Google UX
  • Google Digital Marketing
  • Jackson College Certificate
  • YouScience exam - Commercial Advertising & Art

Kristina Good head shotInstructor

Kristina Good is a TECH Center Graphic Imaging Technology alumni.  She was enrolled in the program at the LISD TECH Center for two years and was an Excellence Award recipient for both years. Kristina received her Associate’s Degree from Washtenaw Community College and has 7 years of experience in the field. Her experience includes heat press, screen printing, and embroidery production design. She also has experience as a freelance graphic designer.

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