My beginning design students did some great work last quarter!
Most of my students last quarter were freshmen, taking their first ever graphic design class. We studied all the basics: composition, color, and vocabulary. I taught them technical stuff in Illustrator. We spent a lot of time looking at graphic designs from the world, critiquing them, and talking about audience.
For the final project, I asked them to design a series of gift cards for a favorite place. The cards had to fit together as a group, but also work independently for different purposes and/or audiences. These are two of the best examples from their work... not bad!