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Graphic Design Curriculum: Hopes and Dreams

Curriculum Published 6/20/14 Last updated on 5/16/18

In this 8-session graphic design curriculum, youth use Adobe Photoshop, or similar image editing software, to create a collage of images. Young people will be challenged to imagine a world of possibilities and produce three distinct and engaging graphic design projects. Each assignment builds visual literacy and advanced skills in using the tools. The outcome is a gallery of compelling images that reflect students’ perspectives on their lives.

Educators will find facilitation tips and strategies in this and in other resources from the collection. Learn to help students utilize media tools to communicate their ideas effectively and tell their stories in unique and personal ways.

Throughout the curriculum selected youth media projects are referenced to review and reflect on. The graphic design projects are available for download below and a collection of additional youth media pieces can be found on the Create with Purpose Vimeo Channel.

Age Levels
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Computers with firewire connection
  • Projector/Monitor (to screen media)
  • External Speakers
  • Scanner
  • Media Ads
  • Digital Still Cameras
  • Tripods
  • Media Samples
CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
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Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/22/18 2:19:38 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing

Brent Russell

Posted on 2/12/18 3:46:19 PM Permalink

​Wow these are great examples. I love to that students have the opportunity to creatively express their hopes and dreams through their eyes.

Lisa May

Posted on 1/24/18 1:35:18 PM Permalink

​Great resource. Thank you.

Brenda Sywalski

Posted on 2/24/16 5:51:18 PM Permalink

Thank you! What I really like here is the SAMS. I love the acronym and how that ties up the idea in a neat package. I like the reflections, and the photo descriptions. I'm just starting to look into this community and its great.

Vaqas Iqbal

Posted on 2/20/16 11:19:56 AM Permalink

Great resource, really helpful.
Thanks for sharing

Dhanaraj Keezhara

Posted on 11/25/14 5:12:24 PM Permalink

I agree this was a great course and I learned a lot. I was happy to learn about Ps as well because it can vastly improve our self

Amruta K

Posted on 11/13/14 11:20:30 AM Permalink

I used some what same plan in my workshop earlier..

Alisha Crawford

Posted on 11/12/14 10:29:37 PM Permalink

The plans, resources/activities will be useful for my spring workshops.

Sheila Pope

Posted on 10/5/14 6:31:03 PM Permalink

I love the detailed layout with videos. This is an awesome tool.


Kathryn Callahan

Posted on 10/2/14 6:21:49 PM Permalink

This was so helpful ! I loved the "I am " poem and it's really great it was also connected back to their wider community. I work as a community developer so this was a great source to stumble upon!