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Welcome To Graphic Design

Welcome to Graphic Design, my name is Mr. Cerra and I will be your teacher for this semester. This semester we will investigate Graphic Design. Students will be working with various design techniques while utilizing The Adobe Creative Suite on an array of projects that will help build skills involved with graphics projects.


Course Description:


This course is designed for students who have an interest in graphic design. The study of graphic arts will create awareness of the necessary resources needed to further investigate a career in the graphic design field as well as provide beneficial knowledge to any student.


Students in graphic design will be exposed to common practices used to create various graphical products. Students will learn about various aspects of the commercial graphic design field and/or oversee a professional in the field with knowledge of correct procedures.


Course Goals:

  • Typography

  • Logo design

  • Business card design

  • Brochure Design

  • Utilizing Virtual tools in The CS5 program

  • Develop skills to create commercial graphic design projects


Class Rules and Procedures:

No food or drinks allowed in the classroom (student handbook)

Students will be respectful and appropriate at all times to everyone in the room. You will be prompt and prepared for all classes. All fire drills and lockdown procedures apply.


Student Resources and Out of Class Communication:

Students can access assistance on any course related assignment by contacting their teacher or by accessing the teacher’s Schoolfusion web page. Students should also access the fusion page to reference models and exemplars.


Do Overs:


Do overs will be allowed on all summative assessments for any student who fails to meet with proficiency on the first attempt. Students will have two weeks from the return date to re-submit. Student will have one opportunity to revise and resubmit. This option is only available for students who hand the assignment in on the original due date.


Missed work:

You will not be pursued about missed work. As a WHS student, you will be treated as a civic-minded adult and expected to act as such. Please consult with your teacher or classmate concerning outstanding work

Monitor your Progress:

Students are responsible for evaluating their own performance on each assessment using a teacher provided rubric and will self-assess their work habits using the WHS Work Habits Rubric. Students are responsible for using the MMS student portal to monitor their grade throughout the course.


Technology/Business/Culinary/FCS Department

Grading Policy



The following formula is used to calculate a fair and reliable semester grade and “proficiency picture” that accurately reflects what the students knows and is able to do in this course:


12%... End of Semester Exam (A comprehensive, cumulative & summative assessment aligned to discipline specific standards that require students to demonstrate their achievement of content knowledge and skills.)


12%... Anchor Task (A performance based, cumulative & summative assessment aligned to 1 of 5 21st century skills that require students to apply their learning to a new, discipline specific context.


76%... Coursework (Includes varied assessments that measure student progress and achievement of subject area standards, which include discipline specific knowledge and skills, and an assessment of student work habits.) The following formula is used to calculate this portion of the semester grade:


60%... Summative Assessments [The evaluation of student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard(s) or benchmark(s).]

40%... Interim Assessments [The evaluation of student learning at different points within an instructional unit that measure progress towards some standard(s) or benchmark(s).]


My Contact information:


Barton P. Cerra

Westerly High School

Technology Department

Room W108

(401)596-2109 ext. 3108