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

This program focuses on various publishing and electronic presentation methods, digital photography, computer graphic illustration, creative art and drawing, printing methods and processes, animation for web pages, file management techniques, etc. Students will be introduced to current software used in the industry such as Adobe Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop, and Keynote as well as electronic file management.

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

Angie Sieler head shotInstructor

Angie Sieler brings a decade of design industry experience to the classroom. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College in Vermont and teaches online for Siena Heights University. Fun-loving and passionate about all things design, Angie brings "play" into her teaching and pushes students to become design-thinkers. 

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Kristina Good head shotTeacher Assistant

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 been working in the field for 7 years. 

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