Curriculum

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Advanced Graphic Design: Theory & Practice

This course allows students to exercise creativity with project-based assignments and build on their knowledge of graphic design theory. Each lesson presents a real-world problem that students might encounter in a design role or creative agency. Students will learn how to produce effective solutions, make their own decisions, and apply additional techniques to meet industry requirements.

As the result of their course work, each student will have the opportunity to create a dynamic professional portfolio that comprises the authentic designs and collateral they create in this course. The instructor will walk students through the design process—brainstorming, selecting ideas, determining design and composition strategy, and curating resources. Students will then produce design collateral using their knowledge of the Adobe software.

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Graphic Design Capstone

Students who complete the prerequisites for this course are on the path to achieve the goal of every graphic designer: a compelling professional portfolio to share with employers and clients.

Our cumulative Capstone course positions students to create a stunning collection of print and digital collateral. Students will utilize advanced techniques to apply the graphic design rules they have previously learned and—if necessary—justify decisions to break those same rules.

Students will also follow the design process and use hardware/software tools to create compositions for peer feedback and revision. Aside from developing original work, participants will also analyze major brands’ design campaigns to inspire their creative visions.

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