Design with Photoshop

A hands-on course that covers the fundamentals of digital image manipulation and graphic creation using Adobe‘s Photoshop. Students learn how digital images are created, enhanced, and prepared for use in today’s various forms of communication media.


The goal of Design with Photoshop is to understand how digital images are created, enhanced, and prepared for use in today’s various forms of communication media. To successfully complete this course:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of Photoshop.
  2. Students will be able to utilize and understand the difference between destructive and nondestructive editing.
  3. Students will be able to design portfolio-quality graphics for both digital and print purposes via Photoshop.
  4. Students will be able to use Photoshop to respond to the graphical needs of new and emerging technologies and social-media trends.
  5. Students will be able to produce a professional client-ready mock-up.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS: The principal means of instruction for this class will be through hands-on work, assigned readings, discussion, and lecture. Demonstrations will be used when appropriate and practical exercises will reinforce the class lectures. Individual student exploration and problem-solving are expected.

Assignments will include a variety of technical components, which will vary considerably in terms of the amount of time required to complete. You must be prepared for class on a daily basis. If you have prior experience that is closely related to the course content, notify the instructor immediately.

COURSE WORK: Student evaluation is based on the following academic criteria / percentages:

  • Lab Assignments (40%): Hands-on exercises, quizzes, discussions, and/or written assignments will be assigned and completed on a regular basis. Basic understanding of the content presented in class and the goals/objectives of these assignments will account for the majority of your grade. Daily Work / Visual Diary (checked on a weekly basis)
  • Research Assignments (20%): You are responsible for academic research, written investigation, and oral presentation throughout this course. Examination of a current Topic, Trend, or Technique related to the course must be documented & presented to the class. P.S. My Major
  • Projects (30%): You must create professional mockups with unique content that demonstrates your ability to build complex Photoshop compositions & utilize a variety of technical skills aquired throughout the course. Photo Restore & Enhance, Social Identities, Professional Mockup
  • Participation (10%): You are expected to work during each class period and participate in class discussions, activities, and exercises. Participation scores will be based on your daily understanding of the course material, as well as your attendance.

Assessment is based on a student’s ability to retain, discuss, and apply the concepts introduced in class that meet the objectives of the course. All course work must be submitted electronically through Blackboard in order to receive credit. Grades will be posted on Blackboard for each assignment. All students will receive a Midterm Grade  and a Final Grade.

Do not assume that showing up to class and handing in the required course work will give you high marks. Earning an A indicates that your work is exceptional; You attend class, understand the concepts, push the boundaries, participate regularly, and contribute to an active learning environment. You will have to work for an A.

This is an abbreviated syllabus for foundation design / communication students (freshman level)