Adrianne Nix
High School Art Teacher

Graphic Design 2 Curriculum

Curriculum Published 10/11/17 Last updated on 3/2/20

An advanced Graphic Design curriculum to build upon the curriculum designed for my Graphic Design 1. This curriculum covers Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Selection and Layer Masking, creating your own brushes and patterns, Title logos, infographics, branding concepts, movie posters and more!

  • Photoshop

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

  • Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

Age Levels
Content Standards
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Photoshop, Illustrator, Internet access.

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Sylvan Adams

Posted on 6/24/20 12:15:04 AM Permalink

​Thank you so much for all your hard work...I am very inspired!

Sarah Rajewski

Posted on 6/22/20 3:25:21 AM Permalink

Thank you thank you! So helpful to know how an intro class can progress. Great work!


Posted on 5/30/20 2:50:21 AM Permalink

Adrianne - First and foremost... THANK YOU so very much for sharing all of your hard work! I am teaching Graphic Design for the first time next school year, and needless to say I am scared. I had worked with Adobe software over ten years ago, and am taking courses to try to get back into remembering how to use them. My background is in studio art, and I feel like a fish out of water. Do you know when you might be able to upload the highlighted (yellow) links? Do you have tutorials/exams that you use that are not posted? If so, are you willing to share those as well. I am starting completely from scratch, except for what you have so generously shared. I know I have a lot of work to do, but want to at least be able to make it through this first year and grow from there. :) Thank you again!​

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 5/30/20 2:27:53 PM Permalink

Hi Danielle!

I am always working on it and my goal is to finish this GD2 curriculum up this summer. The GD1 is pretty complete. I do have exams too but they are in a weird format so I will be converting those this summer as well. Stay tuned! It's always getting updated.​

Renee Dodge

Posted on 1/3/20 5:40:26 PM Permalink

​Thank you, again, for posting your curriculum. This set of activities dovetails nicely with your GD 1 curriculum. I teach a lengthier course sequence with 90 minutes per class meeting. I am excited to work through your curriculum to create an improved compilation of activities for my students.

Schollin Kurt

Posted on 12/18/19 4:24:23 PM Permalink

​These are outstanding! I am looking to build out a few classes and these are providing a great foundation and they are a great contribution to this edu community. Thank you for sharing.

Elmi Martinez

Posted on 12/3/19 4:04:57 PM Permalink

​Hi Adrienne -

I'm getting ready to begin my students on your Emulation Project and I see that you have 2 video tutorials listed in the curriculum, but no links. Could you please share those links?
​(Video Tutorial: Using Spark and Video Tutorial: Documenting your Progress with Screenshots)

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 12/3/19 4:36:06 PM Permalink

​I'm in the process of re-doing a bunch of links to compile student spark pages together. Can you email me at I can share the shared file from my students with links to a few of the spark pages that were created. There is one good spark tutorial example on Behance too.

I just added a link to some more Spark pages for you to check out in the curriculum.

Elmi Martinez

Posted on 12/3/19 6:27:11 PM Permalink

Thanks so much!

A.J. Lara

Posted on 11/28/19 4:45:17 AM Permalink

​Wow. The Graphic Design 2 Project Examples are great. If that's your students' work, you're doing a great job. Keep it up!

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 10/21/19 1:21:15 PM Permalink


To everyone that has requested more information or resources, please check out the UPDATED GD2 Curriculum link in the resources or access it here.

I have been working hard to create a more accurate depiction of what I do over the course of the semester and here it is! I'm also trying to create a one stop shop with presentations, lesson plans, student examples, video tutorials, self evaluations and grading rubrics. I am still in the process of attaching and linking everything in this document but feel free to start accessing the resources and don't hesitate to contact me if a link doesn't work or you need further clarification. This document is getting frequently updated but should be pretty complete by the beginning of 2020 so check back often for updates! Thanks for your interest!

Elmi Martinez

Posted on 10/17/19 1:28:28 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! This is my first year teaching Graphic Design 2 and I have struggled to find advanced projects for my class. Would you mind sharing what you use for step by step instructions in the figure composition project? Do they find the images they use online?

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 10/17/19 2:25:00 PM Permalink

Hi Elmi!

I'm so glad my post could be of assistance! I'm actually in the process of updating my entire curriculum with better resources, video tutorials, lesson plans, student evaluations and rubrics. Check out this link for the most up to date curriculum (and I'm working on it daily so check bookmark the link!) . The images the students found online mostly come from PEXELS.

Elmi Martinez

Posted on 10/17/19 4:23:20 PM Permalink

This is sooo helpful - thank you SO much for all your help!​

Kim Lamar

Posted on 10/9/19 3:12:08 PM Permalink

​Thank you for the new curriculum. It helps alot

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 10/6/19 6:51:11 PM Permalink

​Great Examples

Tammy Salway-Meyers

Posted on 10/1/19 6:18:19 PM Permalink

I am not finding the lesson plans.​

Anita Lavigne

Posted on 8/19/19 5:55:42 PM Permalink

Lesson plans seem very loose, was wondering how this lesson fits into standards bases education, and SLO lessons. Do students know how and why they are creating, and what tools they are learning?​

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 8/19/19 7:47:42 PM Permalink

​Yes, this particular curriculum is from 2009 and I am in the process of updating it and posting the new version that includes more current projects, written in a more formal way. I'm just trying to do 3 curriculums at once so it's taking longer than I expected!

Mick Perkins

Posted on 7/19/19 5:14:39 AM Permalink

​Amazing stuff great set of projects

suitable for intermediate users

pierre cavalan

Posted on 6/26/19 5:56:34 AM Permalink

great concept

Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/18/19 2:33:39 PM Permalink

​useful especially for those who are really into graphic design....thanks.

Roberto Ferrera

Posted on 6/14/19 1:57:29 PM Permalink

​Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!


Posted on 6/4/19 8:40:09 PM Permalink

A good continuation to graphic design 1. The examples are always so surprising and very interesting

William Cortez

Posted on 5/22/19 10:54:41 AM Permalink

​Thanks for the sequel of Graphic Design 1 curriculum. Graphic Design 2 curriculum accentuates the learnings in Graphic Design 1.

Lori Woodcock

Posted on 5/21/19 5:31:54 PM Permalink

Wonderful resources. Thank you for sharing!

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/21/19 9:24:57 PM Permalink

​Thank you, it's great

Francis Albert Calas

Posted on 3/15/19 4:09:58 PM Permalink

​Thanks for this detailed resource material.

Ernie Domingo

Posted on 3/2/19 7:41:35 AM Permalink

​Thank you so much again. Awaiting for the project files, handouts and rubrics. Thanks

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 2/20/19 8:20:27 PM Permalink

another great resource. thanks​

Edy Chandra

Posted on 1/11/19 5:28:24 PM Permalink

great curriculum​

Lona U

Posted on 1/6/19 3:28:58 AM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing. If you have the rubrics that would be helpful:)

Kristine Greb

Posted on 12/29/18 5:57:34 PM Permalink

​Adrianne, thanks for sharing. If you have the project files, handouts, and rubrics to share as well that would be awesome!

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/2/18 5:42:26 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Amy Cunningham

Posted on 10/6/18 7:19:50 PM Permalink

Student examples are apt. Nice job!​

Ammar Midani

Posted on 9/11/18 8:54:27 AM Permalink

​what a great effort

Edward Bustillos

Posted on 8/19/18 7:09:57 AM Permalink

​Thank you very much for this resource.

Dorthe Krüger

Posted on 8/8/18 5:23:41 PM Permalink

​It´s great work. Thanks for sharing

Catherine Codd Bower

Posted on 8/6/18 4:02:52 PM Permalink

​This is great. Thank you for sharing.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 8/6/18 3:31:16 PM Permalink

​Fantastic resource. Thank you!

Nancy Miller

Posted on 6/18/18 6:41:04 PM Permalink

Thank you for posting all of this. Greatly appreciated! It is great work!

Jane Pawlowski

Posted on 5/22/18 9:56:42 PM Permalink


These are fabulous!!!!

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 5/22/18 4:13:33 PM Permalink

​For everyone that was asking, I just added a link above to view examples of the students work from the curriculum that was posted. Enjoy!

Tamara Wilson

Posted on 5/22/18 4:28:03 PM Permalink

WOW!!! Nice work kiddos!

Do you give them step by step instructions?

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 5/22/18 4:32:25 PM Permalink

​Yes. Most projects are broken into smaller steps followed by student work time.

Tamara Wilson

Posted on 5/22/18 4:35:37 PM Permalink

Good Job!

Catherine Codd Bower

Posted on 5/15/18 1:07:54 AM Permalink

​Thank you very much for sharing your curriculum.

Carlos Andres Orozco Palacio

Posted on 5/1/18 8:03:56 PM Permalink

​Very nice curriculum but only 42 week to cover may be need rethinking the time use for all topics, and based on a new technology and the social tools, redefine a little this curriculum.

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 5/22/18 4:14:28 PM Permalink

​Actually it's only 18 weeks! Remember that this is high school too so they get an hour a day to work and extra time after school or at home if they'd like.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 4/23/18 9:59:21 PM Permalink

​A Packed curriculum - all of this in 42 weeks? Wow.

Donald Paradise

Posted on 11/8/17 3:37:21 PM Permalink

​Thanks for the additional awesome material for this great course!

Jane Pawlowski

Posted on 10/11/17 6:38:23 PM Permalink

​Thank you so much! I appreciate how much time and effort you. put into this!

Candice Cox

Posted on 10/11/17 4:12:58 PM Permalink

​You ROCK!! do you have time to help all of us AND TEACH???!!! Thank you for all of it.!!

Adrianne Nix

Posted on 10/11/17 3:37:22 PM Permalink

​This curriculum is missing the lesson plans. I am working on updating those materials now.

Tamara Wilson

Posted on 10/11/17 3:51:35 PM Permalink

You have no idea how much you are helping me. I have been teaching 16 years. But new to teaching Graphic Design

Jacqui Bennett

Posted on 10/11/17 10:07:26 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing Adrianne! looking forward to seeing more of your great work. Taree, NSW, Australia :-)

Melissa Carmean

Posted on 12/20/17 3:09:56 AM Permalink

Just wondering if you were able to update the missing lesson plans? Thanks!​

Tamara Wilson

Posted on 8/6/18 2:56:52 PM Permalink

Hi there Adrianne i wanted to follow up with you on any updated materials.​