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Foundations of Graphic Design

Graphic design is alive and well—for freelancers, in agency work, and in all career sectors (education, corporate, commercial, government). Prepare or update yourself for a career or business startup in graphic design for print as we walk through the assortment of tools necessary to design and produce pieces professionally: software, equipment, skills, talent, knowledge, and experience. We’ll discuss various careers in the field and what is expected of each. For those wishing to start a design business, you will gain the wisdom of your instructor’s long-term experience as a business owner—with a special discussion on surviving beyond the dreaded first year. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Adobe Photoshop Level 1: Introduction

Use pictures to give your report, presentation, or website that professional edge. In this hands-on course you will learn to create and edit your own digital graphics and photographs in Photoshop, the tool that professionals use. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Adobe Illustrator Level 1: Introduction

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard tool for creating logos, maps, diagrams, vector illustrations, and more. In this class, you’ll learn to understand the appropriate uses for Illustrator, the difference between vector and raster graphics, and how to create complex graphics with simple components and tools. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Adobe InDesign Level 1: Introduction

Adobe InDesign takes desktop publishing and design to a new level, combining extraordinary production power and creative freedom with tight integration with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat software. Create simple documents and prepare them for print or export as a PDF. Topics include learning the work area, working with text and graphics, creating simple vector-based graphics, and the basics of design. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Adobe InDesign Level 2: Intermediate

Take Adobe InDesign to the next level. Learn to create professional quality, advanced design documents and prepare them for print vendors or other mediums; export as interactive PDFs including video and buttons; or migrate files to web publishing. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

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Adobe Illustrator Level 2: Intermediate

Mastering the basics means you’ll be able to produce an almost endless scope of graphic designs. In this course, you will use Illustrator to create dynamic graphics using advanced drawing and editing tools, path editing techniques, filter effects, and masks. By the end of this intermediate-level course, you will have refreshed your basic knowledge of Illustrator and developed your understanding of the more advanced features and tools. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Adobe Photoshop Level 2: Intermediate

If you’re serious about working in the creative industries, it’s no exaggeration to say that you must know this application—and know it well. In this course, you will build on your existing knowledge of Photoshop to become proficient in more advanced aspects of Photoshop image manipulation and creation. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Advanced Graphic Design: Theory & Practice

Following the fundamentals course series, the student is primed to take those basic skills and learn how to apply design theory and practice to real-world projects. The course kicks-off addressing key design movements that shaped the field of graphic design. Then, the student is guided through the planning process to develop and manage a design project. An intense immersion in form and space, color, typography, and images explores in-depth the full range of graphic design theory. The course also covers industry-standard print production practices. Finally, the in-class section rolls into a month-long intensive instructor-guided self-study in a chosen track of specialty: Brand Identity Design; Advertising Design; ePublishing Design for eBooks; or Information Design. In this part of the extended course, the student studies their area of expertise and develops a project in their track. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Capstone: Advanced Graphic Design

This course takes you the rest of the way. Over ten weeks you’ll come to understand, in theory and practice, what makes good design — in form and space, in color fundamentals, in translating key messages into design, and in utilizing typography and images effectively. You’ll create three treatment designs and suffer them to the critique of your instructor, a working Art Director. You’ll take your reworked design and compete it as camera-ready for your final exam project, which can serve as a starter for your professional portfolio. This course is the capstone for the Advanced Graphic Design Certificate program and is only available to certificate enrollees. Students must complete all required Advanced Graphic Design courses prior to taking the capstone course. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

*Please note that the Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate is a prerequisite for the Advanced Graphic Design Certificate.