Introduction to Stockdale High School’s
Graphic Arts program.
This Graphic Arts course is designed to teach students about the basic artistic principles of balance, contrast, unity, rhythm, emphasis, variety, negative space, and metamorphosis, etc… Students use hand drawing, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to create original artistic compositions to prove understanding of each principle.  Check out the Work Gallery to see examples of some of the students work.Students are required to complete a unit on career development. They will develop a resume, cover letter and learn interviewing techniques.  They will also take an Interest Inventory and research careers they are shown to have an aptitude for.  Students will be well informed of different educational options after high school.  Presentations will be given by industry professionals and post- secondary educational institutions.Are there jobs in this field?
According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook there are presently 50,000 individual commercial graphic arts facilities employing 202,000 individuals in the US.  There is an expected increase of in employment of 10 to 20 percent between 2002 and 2012.  The graphic arts field offers a vast array of careers that requires a variety of skills. (i.e.  Creative– artists, photographers; Professional– Chemists, biologists, engineers; Technical– technicians; Skilled- plate-makers, press operators, proof-readers, machinists).  Other job categories include Sales, Management and Education.Steering Committee
Our steering committee meets twice a year. The next meeting is scheduled for the fall of 2009.   The committee is comprised of secondary and post- secondary teachers, administrators, industry professionals and students.  The committee provides insight, guidance and makes recommendations as to the direction of the program.  Curriculum development and equipment purchase decisions are made based on the committees recommendations.
Career Path

Freshmen Graphic Arts 1
Sophomores Graphic Arts 2
Juniors Graphic Arts 3
Seniors Graphic Arts 4
Advanced Graphic Arts 2nd, 3rd, 4th years

College Credit Through Bakersfield College
The advanced Graphic Arts program is seeking dual enrollment status with BC. Once approved students will earn transferable college credit while taking Graphic Arts at Stockdale. College credit is available for students who receive an A or B in  and completes a portfolio of their art work.

Cal. State and U.C.  approved Visual and Performance Arts credit.
Beginning and Advanced Graphic Arts is now approved for Visual and Performance Arts Credit for California State Universities and the U.C. system.Digital Portfolios
All students will create a web-based Digital Portfolio they will take with them on a CD upon graduation.  This standards based portfolio will contain examples of the students work completed throughout the year.  Students are encouraged to use the portfolio for employment seeking and college admissions.

Software Programs
  – Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, In Design CC
and After Effects CC
– Google Classroom, Docs, and Sheets

Rubrics for Assessment
Rubric for Public Speaking