Adrianne Nix
High School Art Teacher

Graphic Design 1 Curriculum

Curriculum Published 9/13/17 Last updated on 6/10/19

In my Graphic Design 1 curriculum you will find all of the projects I assign students over the course of a semester at the high school that I teach at. You will also find the order in which I teach projects and techniques as students must build upon skills to work towards completing the semester.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

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Sara Cubberley

Posted on 9/21/19 10:39:32 PM Permalink

Hi Adrianne! Thanks for your resources. I have always had my classes do a candy bar wrapper — but I never thought about a gum wrapper — this is much more challenging on such a small scale. ​

Jeannette Barreto

Posted on 9/13/19 9:56:15 PM Permalink

​Thanks this are really cool ideas to integrate in my class.

Nicole Haynes

Posted on 9/12/19 11:47:43 AM Permalink

​These are great! Thanks for sharing.

israel alvarez

Posted on 9/3/19 9:01:05 PM Permalink

​Thank you for posting this. It gives me an idea of where to start with the new graphic design class I'm teaching. Unfortunately all I have to work with is Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 15.

Jaime Ball

Posted on 9/1/19 7:43:57 AM Permalink

Love your project ideas! Appreciate you sharing your curriculum, I rely on free curriculum posted just like yours for my class as well as my own home made lesson plans. I know how much work it takes! (I have 3 kids as well!) Would love to use your rubrics and handouts when you have the time to post them. Thank you again for your hard work!​

enrique perez

Posted on 8/22/19 4:10:29 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing! My lessons are similar to yours as far as integrating fun new ways to create stuff and Im sure your students adore them too!!! nice going !!!​

Kirk Fuller

Posted on 8/18/19 6:44:01 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing!

Janelle Burkholder

Posted on 8/15/19 2:00:09 PM Permalink


I'm also interested in your rubrics, etc.


Lisa Klifunis

Posted on 8/12/19 4:30:59 AM Permalink

​Awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 7/30/19 3:19:13 PM Permalink

I have been working really hard on compiling all of the new changes that I've made to this curriculum over the past few years. Many people have asked for handouts and/or rubrics so I'm working to include hot links in my curriculum so you can access that information. I have 3 ​kids so I've gotten less accomplished this summer than I was hoping for (except for a great tan!) but the plan is to get my revised curriculum up here by the start of school on August 14th. Stay tuned and thank you for following!

Alison Smith

Posted on 7/30/19 2:51:59 PM Permalink

​Wow, this is great! I am new to teaching Photoshop and was wondering if you would have any of your instruction sheets or rubrics for your projects to share?

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 7/30/19 2:56:47 PM Permalink

If you visit my Behance site I'm starting to place YouTube tutorials and information there,

I am working towards a more complete curriculum with hot links to rubrics and handouts that I use too. ​Hoping to share that soon!

Karima Maghraby

Posted on 7/23/19 11:33:01 AM Permalink

Thank you so much for sharing. This really helps me to have a base from which I can tailor my own SOW/curriculum

Emma Waller

Posted on 7/22/19 3:39:20 PM Permalink

​Awesome work! Thank our for sharing.

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 7/10/19 7:13:10 AM Permalink


Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/19/19 6:30:57 AM Permalink

​thanks for sharing your curriculum!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 6/18/19 7:36:31 PM Permalink

​This really helps. Thank you.

Kathryn M

Posted on 6/16/19 5:31:35 PM Permalink

​This is perfect! While I have an undergrad degree in Digital Art, I was so nervous about having to create a Digital Art curriculum from scratch for middle school. This is a great starting point and I can easily modify it to fit the needs of my students. Thanks!


Posted on 6/4/19 8:36:32 PM Permalink

The proposed examples are very informative and allow to start well with Photoshop and illustrator

Kim Siu

Posted on 5/20/19 5:36:56 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing, my Graphics 1 students really enjoyed the Frankenstein's Monster activity. Their creativity really showed.

Cortez William

Posted on 5/19/19 6:50:45 AM Permalink

This is remarkable curriculum for high school students. I'm sure the students will go further in their knowledge of graphics design after completing this course.​

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 7/30/19 2:57:16 PM Permalink

Thank you! ​

Julie ODell

Posted on 4/4/19 2:41:57 AM Permalink

What terrific ideas. You just inspired me. Thank you for sharing. ​

William Greene

Posted on 3/27/19 1:37:52 PM Permalink

Where do I get the actual curriculum?​

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/21/19 9:24:07 PM Permalink

​Great resource, thanks.

Gary Hill

Posted on 3/19/19 3:23:49 AM Permalink

Great resource, thank you.​

Rachel Minnich

Posted on 3/12/19 1:19:44 PM Permalink

​Great ideas! I too teach a card project but with tessellations - which takes FOREVER! i like the pattern fill idea for when I am short on time.

Fonacier Balatero , Jr.

Posted on 3/9/19 8:57:13 AM Permalink

​Great resources. Thanks for sharing.

Craig Daalmeijer-Power

Posted on 3/3/19 9:46:54 AM Permalink

​Great examples

Tammy Meyers

Posted on 2/21/19 4:13:57 PM Permalink

I am not finding the assignment instructions​. The examples look great!

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 2/20/19 7:56:46 PM Permalink

​thanks for sharing!

A-Razaque Ahmed

Posted on 1/31/19 12:31:04 PM Permalink

​Enjoying Designing!

Jeannette Gleiser

Posted on 1/15/19 1:29:57 PM Permalink

Hello, sorry to use this media to ask this question. A few weeks ago I saw a project in which a book was made and along with a book there was a cube in which the story of the book was placed, can someone help me find the project plese.


Daniel Timbal

Posted on 1/14/19 2:48:59 AM Permalink

Thank you for sharing/

Judy Durkin

Posted on 1/12/19 6:54:03 PM Permalink

​Thank you. Found this again after looking for it.

Mike Rogan

Posted on 1/10/19 8:02:17 PM Permalink

​Fabulous work and your kids are amazing. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing your work post weeding :)

Ayman Raafat

Posted on 1/8/19 7:16:41 AM Permalink

​thx for sharing

Julie ODell

Posted on 1/7/19 2:04:57 AM Permalink

Thank you for sharing. This is awesome. ​

Rosie Fitzhenry

Posted on 1/7/19 12:49:35 AM Permalink

​Thank you so much for sharing! Would there be a way of retrieving a copy of your hand outs and quiz for the PhotoShop part? Thank you :)

Luis Garcia

Posted on 1/4/19 5:39:39 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing.

Ben Lundsten

Posted on 1/2/19 3:28:58 PM Permalink

​Is there any chance you have your handouts, tests, and rubrics available? I would love to even pay you for them! Thanks. This curriculum is excellent!

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 1/3/19 3:45:31 PM Permalink

​I do and I've been in the process of moving them all into a format/place that I can easily share. My goal is to complete the process this semester so I can weed through the good stuff and get it out there. I'll keep you posted. For a particular lesson, you can send a message to my personal email,, and I can send you what I have.

Lore Ruttan

Posted on 7/8/19 6:22:05 PM Permalink

Hi Adrianne,

Love your ideas and your student's work is great! I'm interested in how you assess their progress. Primarily rubrics on individual projects?​

Thanks, Lore

roberto bradley

Posted on 12/28/18 5:08:48 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much for sharing this. It´s very helpful

Ayman Raafat

Posted on 12/26/18 8:52:54 AM Permalink

​thanks for sharing

Rashida Shaikh

Posted on 12/16/18 6:21:36 AM Permalink

​Thanx for sharing Madam.

Sri Ganesh.M

Posted on 12/10/18 2:21:24 AM Permalink

​Thank you Madam, for the Graphic Design Curriculum.

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/2/18 5:42:15 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Domeanica carter-banks

Posted on 11/28/18 3:12:07 AM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us all. You are so appreciated.

Aurileide Alves

Posted on 11/15/18 10:50:17 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing. Very nice material.

anis khamis

Posted on 11/15/18 2:18:24 AM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing! I'd appreciate it so much.

Carol Lorigan

Posted on 11/14/18 5:26:19 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing your material! The students did a terrific job!

Richard Montero

Posted on 11/12/18 8:44:16 AM Permalink

Great Tools, ​I appreciate your work, thank you for sharing

Jill Hummel

Posted on 10/4/18 4:52:38 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing; it's so helpful to see a well planned curriculum as I work on my own. You have great ideas and it is apparent that the students LOVE these projects. THANK YOU!

Jennifer Goolsby

Posted on 9/23/18 8:38:58 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much for sharing this! My graphic design class is finally getting the technology and equipment we need for this class later this week. I can not wait to actually begin working on curriculum and projects for this class!

Aileen Grace Rabasto

Posted on 9/23/18 3:39:37 PM Permalink

​Hi Adrianne

This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/19/18 6:42:35 PM Permalink

​Hi Adrianne

Really it's very helpful Curriculum

I appreciate your work, thank you for sharing

Raquel Ardito Barletta

Posted on 9/17/18 5:19:19 PM Permalink

​This is very helpful, thank you for sharing!!

Shantel Collins

Posted on 9/16/18 2:39:01 AM Permalink

Oh wow!!! Thank you for this!!! Although my daughter is only 9 she's developed a love for Illustrator and working with vectors. So I'm definitely going to add graphic design as part of her homeschool curriculum.

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/16/18 2:43:31 AM Permalink

Wow, that's impressive! With your guidance she's really off to a wonderful start!​ We applaud your commitment to her creative education.

Dan Donovan

Posted on 9/6/18 12:56:46 AM Permalink

​Great resource!

Tony Martinez-Malo

Posted on 8/29/18 1:23:12 PM Permalink

​This is great! You have put some serious time into it. Thank you very much for sharing.

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 8/29/18 1:19:46 PM Permalink

​Outstanding resource, thank you! Love all the project examples... will be trying a few of these this year for sure!

Marcus Watson

Posted on 8/28/18 2:21:38 PM Permalink

​Thanks for the resource! Really appreciated.

Ratmany Kang

Posted on 8/26/18 4:15:59 AM Permalink

​Thanks and appreciate it!

Willie Moore

Posted on 8/19/18 3:40:24 AM Permalink


Edward Bustillos

Posted on 8/17/18 2:57:29 PM Permalink

​Hi! Thanks for the lecture resources. Its very informative and effective.

Daniel Timbal

Posted on 7/1/18 1:57:56 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing. Great resources!

Elizabeth Anderson

Posted on 4/24/18 8:36:10 PM Permalink

​Nice Stuff! What kind of template do you use for your gum wrapper project?

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 4/11/18 4:47:08 PM Permalink

​I'm sorry it's taken so long to get some examples up somewhere but I have been investigating different online formats to display in. I've linked my behance curriculum portfolios above so you can view some project examples. I plan on organizing that more to separate projects by lesson in the future (most likely over the summer). Enjoy!

Anna Leppänen

Posted on 2/22/18 8:08:10 AM Permalink

​Very nice, thank you! Gonna teach my first longer course in graphic design this year and very helpful to see how others arrange things.

Sue Ann Harding

Posted on 10/12/17 2:28:49 PM Permalink

​This has been a great resource. Thank you.

In looking at creating a new layering activity I was looking at your Frankenstein's monster assignment. Going to try it this week....found this little diddy to intro the assignment, just for fun. Frankenstein's body parts

Update: this was a fun assignment and student's really enjoyed it.

Melissa Kaplan

Posted on 10/11/17 11:12:41 AM Permalink

​This is amazing! Thank you for sharing it. :)

Md.Mahabub Hasan

Posted on 10/11/17 5:45:16 AM Permalink

​very effective effort for teacher

Julie ODell

Posted on 10/11/17 2:06:17 AM Permalink

Thank you for sharing. You have really helped me out. I am always looking for projects and new ideas.

Jane Pawlowski

Posted on 10/10/17 11:14:43 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much for sharing. Awesome!

Would love to see GD2.

Jacqui Bennett

Posted on 10/10/17 10:35:27 PM Permalink

​Very timely just looking at teaching this for the first time in 2018, I would love the GD2 and other resources as well please Jacq

Katrina Vredevelt

Posted on 10/10/17 7:54:39 PM Permalink

There are some fun projects here, thanks for sharing. ​How do you deliver instruction prior to these projects? Do you use direct instruction or blended learning with integrated videos? Do you have rubrics that you use for evaluation? Do you formally instruct the elements and principles of design, or just the skills of the programs?

Devin Clayton

Posted on 10/10/17 7:07:14 PM Permalink

​This curriculum looks great. Thank you for sharing Adrianne!

Victoria Thor

Posted on 10/10/17 5:46:14 PM Permalink

​Looks like fun! I teach graphic design with Illustrator and would love to see curriculum from other teachers who use Illustrator.

Janis Henderson

Posted on 10/10/17 5:44:43 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much for posting!

Kimberly Clayton

Posted on 10/10/17 5:44:26 PM Permalink

​Thank you for this Adrianne--I teach digital Art and Animation and this is a great help for lesson ideas! Looking forward to seeing source files and students work at some point.

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 10/10/17 5:34:59 PM Permalink

​Sorry for slacking everyone. I do have a GD2 and a Motion Graphics curriculum I can share as well as project examples, student project guidelines and brainstorming handouts and self evaluations that accompany most projects. I share with students on an internal drive at school, trying to figure out the best way to share with you all without having to put it all on Google drive (even though I need to do that anyways). I appreciate your interest! Stay tuned!

Adobe Education

Posted on 10/11/17 3:06:28 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing your great work and we look forward to more! Clearly, the other AEE members do too!!!

he AEE Team

Diana OBrien

Posted on 10/10/17 5:00:32 PM Permalink

​Do you have any examples of the Frankenstien's Monster? Love your projects! Thanks for sharing.

Fred Benitez

Posted on 10/10/17 4:45:02 PM Permalink

​This is great! Any chance you can add project files? :)

Christopher Long

Posted on 10/10/17 5:11:24 PM Permalink

Yes, I would like to see samples of the projects as well.​

James Bennett

Posted on 9/28/17 4:49:22 PM Permalink

​Hi Adrianne, Thanks for Curriculum 1, would you be willing to share Curriculum 2?

I also teach all of Adobe CC in a year long class and would love to see how you have structured your curriculum.



Todd FIfe

Posted on 9/26/17 12:07:24 PM Permalink

Great curriculum, Adrianne! I'm using it with much success this semester. I wanted to know if you had a second semester curriculum as well. It would be great to build on ​this first semester. Thanks!

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 9/27/17 1:23:03 PM Permalink

I do have a second semester curriculum. I'll try to get that posted this week. I also have a 3rd semester that I use Photoshop, Illustrator and introduce After Effects into called Motion Graphics and Animation.​

Tamara Wilson

Posted on 9/27/17 1:39:27 PM Permalink

Now that is awesome

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 10/11/17 3:42:39 PM Permalink

Second semester is posted sans lesson plans as I'm in the process of updating them. ​

Candice Lynch

Posted on 10/10/17 4:50:44 PM Permalink

Wow! This is amazing! I'm using some of this to supplement my current lesson plans. Would love to see more. Thank you SO MUCH!!​

William Oesch

Posted on 9/16/17 10:40:37 PM Permalink

​Very organized and detailed. Thanks for sharing.

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 9/27/17 1:23:13 PM Permalink

Thank you!​

Tamara Wilson

Posted on 9/14/17 12:52:37 PM Permalink

You have no idea how much this means. Thank you soooo much!​

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 9/27/17 1:23:30 PM Permalink

No problem! Glad you could find some worth from it!​

Brian Graham

Posted on 9/14/17 12:58:20 AM Permalink

​Awesome! Thank you for sharing.