Jean Palmer-Smith

Jean Palmer-Smith

Instructor

CAREER PATHWAYS

Graphic Designer

Web Designer

Illustrator

Marketing

Advertising Specialist

Creative Director

Social Media Specialist

Communications

Architectural Renderer

New Media Specialist

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Graphic Design Illustration program introduces students to the world of graphic design and illustration through a combination of classroom training and work with industry-recognized Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Students will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to conceptualize, plan, prepare and problem solve a number of graphic communication problems while utilizing principles and elements of design to create original art, logos, brochures, packages, posters, character illustrations and more. Students will be given the opportunity and encouraged to compete in the Maine State SkillsUSA competition as well as other art and design contests.

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification demonstrates proficiency in Adobe’s digital communication tools i.e. Creative Cloud (CC) software. ACA is a prerequisite qualification to succeed in the high demand areas of digital communication and media. It provides students and job-seekers with a valuable competitive edge.

Utilizing national, state, and local resources including standards set by GAERF (Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation) and the Maine Department of Education, students will have the opportunity to earn professional certifications from SkillsUSA and/or Adobe Certified Associate upon successful completion on the ACA exam. 

  • Principles and Elements of Design
  • File Organization and Management
  • Color Theory
  • Typography
  • Image Resolution
  • Composition
  • Digital Painting
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Ad Layout 
  • Adobe Photoshop 
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Flash
  • SketchUp
  • Portfolio Website

Graduating students have attended many 2 and 4 year graphic design related programs throughout the United States.

Jean Palmer-Smith

Jean Palmer-Smith

Instructor

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Graphic Design Illustration program introduces students to the world of graphic design and illustration through a combination of classroom training and work with industry-recognized Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Students will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to conceptualize, plan, prepare and problem solve a number of graphic communication problems while utilizing principles and elements of design to create original art, logos, brochures, packages, posters, character illustrations and more. Students will be given the opportunity and encouraged to compete in the Maine State SkillsUSA competition as well as other art and design contests.

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification demonstrates proficiency in Adobe’s digital communication tools i.e. Creative Cloud (CC) software. ACA is a prerequisite qualification to succeed in the high demand areas of digital communication and media. It provides students and job-seekers with a valuable competitive edge.

Utilizing national, state, and local resources including standards set by GAERF (Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation) and the Maine Department of Education, students will have the opportunity to earn professional certifications from SkillsUSA and/or Adobe Certified Associate upon successful completion on the ACA exam. 

CAREER PATHWAYS

Graphic Designer

Web Designer

Illustrator

Marketing

Advertising Specialist

Creative Director

Social Media Specialist

Communications

Architectural Renderer

New Media Specialist

CURRICULUM CONTENT

Principles and Elements of Design

File Organization and Management

Color Theory

Typography

Image Resolution

Composition

Digital Painting

Photo Manipulation

Ad Layout

PROGRAMS

Adobe Photoshop 

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Flash

SketchUp

WordPress

Graduating students have attended many 2 and 4 year graphic design related programs throughout the United States.