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Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8

Digital Design

Teacher: Jordan Kincaid (jordankincaidillustrations@gmail.com)


Course Description: In Digital Design, 9th  - 12th grade students will utilize the principles of design and their drawing skills to create digital graphics. Projects will begin on paper, as students refine their designs for their digital projects. Next, students will work through fundamental exercises to learn how to convert their design to a vector image. Additional assignments intend to allow students creative expression. New topics will include digital graphic uses, vector drawing shortcuts, vector build methods, design decisions for print and digital mediums, and use of mobile apps. Students will work on their digital image projects at home before uploading their finished work to Engrade for review the following week. Class time will consist of discussion, lecture, demonstration, troubleshooting, and critique. Projects will be demonstrated in Adobe Illustrator and the Adobe Capture app. Adobe’s creative cloud subscription offers a student discount plus many additional features such as mobile editing.  However, software is a tool. Any vector program can be used to accomplish the assignments. A suitable free application is Inkscape. 


Parents are responsible for ensuring their computer meets the minimum requirements to run the digital software and/or apps.


Prerequisite: To be successful in this class students need a foundation in design fundamentals and core drawing skills. Therefore, preference will be given to students who have successfully completed Mrs. McAleenan’s Graphic Design or Drawing classes. Other students wishing to enroll in this class should contact Mrs. McAleenan to discuss previous experience and guidelines for submitting a work sample.


Required Text: Vector Basic Training by Von Glitschka

Software: Vector drawing software such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape


Mobile apps: Adobe Capture, other TBD (Optional)

Helpful but not required: Scanner or camera (for getting sketches into drawing software)


Copy fee: $10.00


Tuition fee: $350.00 ($35.00 per month for 10 months - August-May)


updated 12/23/2018

Jordan Kincaid 
B.A. Communication Arts

Jordan graduated from VCU in 2016 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. She is currently a freelance Illustrator and is contracted with Owl Crate Worldwide and McGraw-Hill and has most recently joined the Bridge Academy family.  Bridge Academy students will be very pleased with the most up-to-date and fresh ideas she plans to present in her classes: Drawing, Graphic Design, and Digital Design. She and her mother, Allison Kincaid (also teaches Art at Bridge Academy), will be co-leaders of the Yearbook Club. 

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