Course Syllabus


Instructor:  Scott Bryan
Phone:  704.296.3088           

The ADOBE VISUAL DESIGN course focuses on graphic image design using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and desktop publishing design using Adobe InDesign.  Students will work toward passing the Adobe Certified Associate Exam for each of these Adobe CC software programs.

Communication skills and critical thinking are reinforced through hands-on projects utilizing software applications.  Simulations, projects, teamwork, FBLA & DECA leadership activities, meetings, conferences, and competitions provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies.

Headphones (will be used often)
A writing utensil
Flashdrive (at least 32 GB)

In Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Career Readiness classes, students are expected to work on their own, in pairs, and in groups throughout the semester. Students will complete many hands on projects utilizing various software applications.  Students will be empowered and encouraged to be active participants in their own learning process.

UNIT ONE: ADOBE PHOTOSHOP - Students will apply procedures to use Adobe Photoshop for visual communications. 
1.01         Understand project requirements using photographs
1.02         Understand digital images
1.03         Understand Adobe Photoshop CC interface
1.04         Apply procedures to create images using Adobe Photoshop CC 
1.05         Apply procedures to publish digital images using Adobe Photoshop CC   

UNIT TWO: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR - Students will apply procedures to use Adobe Illustrator for visual communications. 
2.01         Understand project requirements for vector graphics
2.02         Understand digital graphics and illustrations
2.03         Understand the Adobe Illustrator CC interface
2.04         Apply procedures to create digital graphics and illustrations using Adobe Illustrator CC
2.05         Apply procedures to archive, export, and publish graphics using Adobe Illustrator CC

UNIT THREE: ADOBE InDESIGN - Students will apply procedures to use Adobe InDESIGN for visual communications. 
3.01         Understand project requirements for graphic layouts

3.02         Understand print and digital media publications using Adobe InDesign CC
3.03         Understand the Adobe InDesign interface
3.04         Apply procedures to create print and digital media publications using Adobe InDesign CC
3.05         Apply procedures to publish, export, and archive page layouts using Adobe InDesign CC

Grading Scale            
100 – 90 = A                                                                                       
  89 – 80 = B                                                                                           
  79 – 70 = C                                                                                           
  69 –60 = D                                                                                  
  59 or below = F
75% of semester grade: Daily work, tests/quizzes, projects
25% of semester grade: Final Exam


Regular attendance is required.  Your presence in class is crucial since most of the activities in this course occur during class time.  Your active participation will enhance your success as well as that of your classmates.  Be active in class!  Participate in class discussions!  Your opinions, input, and questions are what this class is all about!  Class attendance is part of your final grade.

Credit will not be granted for classes when absences for a student reach eight days for a semester long course and fifteen days for a yearlong course. Absences include those that are lawful, unlawful, and due to suspension.

Following any absence(s), a student is required to present a written document from the parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence.



Please READ pages 53 – 54 in your UCPS handbook and pages 14 -16 of your CATA student handbook regarding appropriate use of computer equipment/internet and consequences for misuse of both.


Assignments are due on the announced due date. It is your responsibility to keep up with class activities and assignments and request missing assignments due to absence.  Upon returning from an excused absence, students will be given two days for each day absence to make up missed assignments/test.  When arrangements are not made to complete make-up work or if work is not submitted on time, the student will receive a grade of 0%

New Schoolwide policy:  Work that has recieved a 0 and cannot be made up will have a 0 in the gradebook.  If it has not been turned in but still may be completed for a grade, it will have a score of 1.


Students are expected to be in class when the tardy bell rings. A student is tardy when he/she is not in the classroom or laboratory where his/her class regularly meets when the bell begins to ring.  Student must report to office for an admittance slip.  A tardy will be recorded.   Please see CATA Handbook for tardy policy and consequences.



Please note:  Bottled water is allowed.  The privilege will be removed if containers are not disposed of properly.  Water is not allowed near the computers, and must remain at the desk.


Students are expected…………………………………..

  • To act in a manner that is respectful and courteous
  • Show respect and courtesy for all class members and the teachers

Disrespect WILL NOT be tolerated! 

  • Be prepared daily with all required materials
  • Be punctual – be seated quietly and ready to begin when the bell rings
  • Conduct themselves in a manner which respects all students’ right to learn
  • Follow all verbal and written instructions from the teacher
  • Use time between class to take care of restroom needs

(If there is a medical reason, a doctor’s note is required)

  • Begin working on your pre-class assignment at the beginning – you may use your textbook, notes and homework, however this is an individual task
  • Stay seated until the teacher dismisses class
  • Contact teacher with any questions concerning a grade

(Progress reports are issued in the middle of each 6 weeks period.   You may schedule an appointment for tutoring, if needed)




After reading and discussing the course syllabus and classroom procedures document with your son/daughter, please sign below, detach this page and return to the teacher.  Your prompt attention in this matter will ensure that your child is aware of what is required of him/her.  Thank you.


STUDENT:  I have read the course syllabus and classroom procedures document.  I understand what is expected and will honor these procedures.

Student Name:  ______________________________________________   (Please Print)

Student Signature:   __________________________________________   Date:  __________________________


PARENT(S):  My child and I have reviewed and discussed the course syllabus and classroom procedures document.  I understand and will support them.

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Parent/Guardian Name:  _______________________________  (Please Print)    Signature:        ________________________________                                                       

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TEACHER:  I will be fair and consistent when administering consequences for those students not complying with classroom procedures.

Teacher Signature:  Scott J. Bryan                       Date: January  2, 2021                                                                           

Electronically signed

Course Summary:

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