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									Career and Technical Education GRAPHIC DESIGN/COMMUNICATIONS Course: Graphic Communications / Graphic Design Teacher: Alex Callahan Email: Telephone: 225-5000 Class Periods: 1 & 2 Room: T343 Class website: Mr. Callahan’s office hours and conference periods will be held in T343. Planning: Period 6 & 7 Course Description and Goals Students will:            Use creative thinking skills to produce clear and imaginative web and print designs. Develop skills in digital manipulation, which will incorporate photography, illustration, and typography to create business publications. Receive in-depth training on how to use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, and other industry-current software. Continuously develop their ideas and technical skills to assemble a portfolio by the end of the year. Keep a sketchbook, which will be used each week for credit. Explore the various processes of the prepress, press and post-press phases of graphic communications production. Work on projects which will include the design and production of school publications, office forms, posters, club and athletic programs, business cards, personalized stationary, bumper stickers and more. Learn the operation and procedures in offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen-printing, foil stamping, digital imaging and other reproductive methods. Use mathematics, reading and writing skills as an integral part of materials cost estimation, job planning, billing and project completion. Discover related careers, become technologically literate, gain leadership skills and develop a strong work ethic. Have the opportunity to work with the TUSD Print Shop.

This course counts towards the THMS Technology Endorsement, and students who successfully complete the course may be eligible to receive Pima Community College and The University of Arizona credit through the Arizona Tech Prep program. For more information, visit:

Assignments There will be many assignments in this class. It is extremely important you keep up with them. Once you fall behind your grade continues to slip. COME TO CONFERENCE. Beginning and advanced students’ work will vary some times, and you will know about by using the class web site. If you are frustrated or confused, please ask someone sitting near you before coming to the teacher. If a beginning student doesn’t know how to do an assignment, please ask an advanced student. Some of the assignments will include school advertising. It is extremely important that these assignments meet deadlines. Field trips may be a component of this course, but students will not be required to attend. Field trips will include only those students who meet specific requirements to attend this special function.


Journals – keep up with your journals. They are fun and easy to do – plus, they help your grade.
Projects – will vary throughout the year. Some students may work on different projects than others, depending on whether the student is enrolled in beginning or advanced graphic design. It is vital that your work will be turned in on time. Critiques – first, be respectful. People put a lot of time, effort, and care into their work. PLEASE be careful about how you talk about their work. Grades A point system is used and will be based on the number of assignments, tests, participation, preparedness, and attitude/behavior for each quarter. Points accumulated will be converted into the following percentages:

A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 0-59% It is your responsibility to find out what you missed (exams, assignments, etc.) during excused absences and hand in work within one week of the absence. See that your absences are excused in the attendance office within 72 hours. If your absences are not excused, you will not be able to make up your work for credit. However, because this class builds on knowledge in a cumulative fashion, you should do the assignment so you can work on the next project. Tardy Policy: Avoid being late to class! Your grade will be affected. Each time you are late, it will be recorded. After three absences you will receive a referral. Please, be respectful and show up on time. Participation: You must participate to be successful in this class. First, show up every day. Second, don’t be late. Third, do your best and focus. Journals are an indicator about how much effort you are putting into this class. If the teacher asks questions during class, please respond! Show you’re interested! This is an elective YOU CHOSE to take. You’ll get out of this class what you put into it. Homework: Although this is a technology class, don’t expect to have homework on the computer. I don’t expect all of you have computers to use at home. On the other hand, when I do assign homework, I expect you to do it. It will usually consist of preparing for the next lesson by making drawings, writing out ideas, and other similar activities. Major Assignments: will vary between the beginning and advanced classes. The journal will make up a significant part of your grade. The other projects will include school advertisements, a meaningful project (something you work on all year that is meaningful to you – book projects, calendars, collages, etc.), and other activities. Extra Credit: There is no need for extra credit assignments. If you genuinely try your best, turn in your work on time, come to conference, ask questions, participate, and come to class regularly and on time – you should receive a good grade. You will not have the opportunity to do extra credit to make up work you didn’t try to do when it was assigned. Stay on top of your work and don’t fall behind. Come to conference if you need additional help.


Instructional Methods: People learn differently. Some students will find that they learn best when they can see examples, others like to have instructions, some like to hear the teacher describe what to do – whatever your specific learning style, you should be successful because multiple learning styles will be addressed in this class. Extra Help Come to Conference Periods! It is so important that if you fall behind, don’t understand something, or need extra help on a project or concept that you attend conference periods. MONDAY is especially important because it is the longest conference period and you can be assured individual help and you have a better chance of accomplishing more work. I will be in either T234 or T309 for conference periods. Monday: 7:30 – 7:53 and 1:48 – 3:00 Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30 – 7:53 Wednesday: 7:30 – 7:53 Friday: No Conference Periods Classroom Policies and Expectations    TUSD Code of Conduct Rules will be followed and enforced. Respect yourself and others. It is CRUCIAL you are respectful to each other and the teacher. I WILL NOT ACCEPT DISRESPECT IN ANY FORM. Respect the computer lab and classroom equipment – YOU are responsible and liable for the equipment you are using. If you notice a problem with your computer or other equipment, contact me immediately or you will be responsible for the problem.  Attendance is vital to your success. Unexcused absences will be reported to a parent/guardian. If you do not attend class on a regular –daily- basis, your grade will reflect it. Don’t expect to pass just because you’re in class either – I expect you to work diligently throughout the year. Don’t do assignments at the last minute.      Punctuality is expected – there are consequences for being late. Your grade depends on you being present AND ON TIME. No gum, food, or drinks are allowed in class. Makeup, hair brushing, lotions, and other personal grooming are inappropriate in my classroom. Hall passes will be given for emergencies only – please use the restroom before class starts. I expect you to be in class, not wandering the halls. Keep your belongings with you so we don’t have to worry about anything being stolen during class

Discipline Policy If you fail to meet the expectations of this school and of this class, the following will happen to you:


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First offense: Warning. Second offense: Final warning. Third offense: Phone call home. Fourth and last offense: Referral.



I have read and understood the rules and regulations explained to me in the course syllabus for Mr. Callahan’s graphic design course. To confirm my acceptance and understanding of each of the above referenced guidelines (I-XII & Procedures), I have marked my initials on the right side of each paragraph, in addition to signing below.
Parent/Guardian Name (Printed): _____________________________________________________________ Student Name (Printed): __________________________________________________ Period ____________ Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________________________ Date _____________ Student Signature: ________________________________________________________ Date _____________ If at any time you feel uncomfortable with these guidelines, pleas request an individual conference with the instructor. Please Note: Your feelings are very important to me. It is my intention to give each of my students that attention he/she needs. However, in a full class size, that is sometimes not possible. I would therefore ask that you please request a conference if your needs as a student are not being met. If your parents would like to meet with me, they are welcome to call the office to schedule an appointment.

THIS CONTRACT IS DUE: _____________________ Thank You,

Alex Callahan Instructor



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