A case for the introduction of computer graphics into the senior secondary school visual arts graphic design programme in Ghana

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The computer has become an indispensable tool in our day to day activities. It makes human beings work with comfort and lessens the time used to calculate, gather, arrange and store data, and retrieve information. In Education, learning with the computer at every level provides teachers and students the opportunity to explore the world and learn at their own pace. For the teacher in particular, the computer serves as a powerful and reliable instructional resource whereas students can use it both as writing and a drawing tool. It is for this reason outlined above that it is very imperative for the proposition of Computer Graphics to be included in the training of visual artists in the Senior Secondary Schools in Ghana The Demonstration method of research was deemed suitable and the purposive sampling method was used to narrow the selection of students for the pre-testing exercise involved in the study. The computer hardware and software can be considered as a subject for study and as a tool to be used in education as well as in the design process to increase students’ interest in the design process. The study has shown that computer graphics as a modern technology will make the learning of concepts and skills very easy and let performance become easier for students. This will make the study of graphic design in particular and art educations in general enviable since it will equip its students with the necessary techniques that will help students face the challenges posed by modern day advertising and communication. CoreIDRAW, Microsoft Word, Office, Microsoft Works, and PowerPoint are easy to learn and their introduction into the Senior Secondary School Visual Arts Programme would enhance the capabilities of students in designing and that would make them efficient to fit into the job market.
A thesis presented to the School of Graduate Studies Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of a Master in Art (MA) Art Education, 2004