Masters School of Art

Christian Center for the Arts

Computer Art 103 - Professional


Level: 3

Age requirements: 12 and up

Format: Class

Prerequisites: Computer Art 102 or permission from the instructor

Instructor Permission: Yes



Computers are a unique and relatively new way to create, synthesize, and edit art and design work.  The processes of most professional printed works now include at least some form of computer handling and preparation.  Computer Art Professional introduces students to the world of digital printing and gives them the knowledge and experience to create art and designs that they can use and sell.



To learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to create art and designs that can be used and sold.



A 2+ GB (gigabyte) Flash Drive will be needed to store the student's work.  Flash drives are available at just about every office supplies store for $15+.  Students will also be paying for their own printing costs, which will likely be $25 and up.  Printing costs will vary depending on size, quantity, quality, etc.



The first portion of the course will build familiarity with Illustrator and how to use it in conjunction with Photoshop.  We will then move on to creating posters and flyers, focusing also on good design principles.  Depending on how things go, we will then work on either CD/DVD labels and covers or clothing (such as t-shirts and hoodies).  Other possible projects include booklets, calendars, mugs, logos, etc.  Each student will be expected to print at least one project for the final exhibit.



Check schedule to determine time of class. Students are responsible for showing up on time and making work up outside of class.



Students will not be graded (unless in college); however, they will be evaluated through level of skill performed in class on whether or not they can continue on to the next level.  Students will also be expected to keep track of their own projects, which will be kept on their flash drive.  The school and teacher will not be responsible for their loss or deletion.



Computer art combines creativity with technical expertise, so students will need to be prepared to  explore possibilities, think "outside the box", be curious, and think "big picture" as well as focus on details.  Successful students use Photoshop and Illustrator as tools for art and not merely toys.  Students should also build the habit of looking for designs they like, analyzing why they are appealing and practicing incorporating those ideas and principles into their own work.