Adrianne Nix
High School Art Teacher

Graphic Design 1 Curriculum

Curriculum Published 9/13/17 Last updated on 7/15/18

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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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.