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Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate

The following courses are required to earn the Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate from Emory Continuing Education. Learn more on the Graphic Design Certificate program page.

Adobe Illustrator Level 1: Introduction

Beginners and experts alike can create professional-quality print and web designs by using Illustrator's powerful tools. Work with colors, gradients, layers, fonts, and photos to create eye-catching illustrations and text effects.

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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The book is not required, but we recommend that you purchase it as a reference during and after the course. This book and its exercise files are made specifically for the CC2019 software used in our computer labs and may not be compatible with older versions of the software. The instructor can provide backwards-compatible files upon request.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Create and modify artboards
  • Use the drawing tools
  • Combine simple objects into complex shapes
  • Rotate, scale and reshape objects
  • Draw organic shapes with the Pen and Pencil tools
  • Create, use, and edit colors
  • Work with text
  • Create a PDF and submit work to a commercial printer

Adobe InDesign Level 1: Introduction

Adobe InDesign combines extraordinary production power, creative freedom, and tight integration with other Adobe products. Get to know the workspace and menus, flow text across pages, harness InDesign's editing tools, and work with typography.

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 text and object styles, and the basics of design.

CLICK HERE FOR RECOMMENDED BOOK
The book is not required, but we recommend that you purchase it as a reference during and after the course. This book and its exercise files are made specifically for the CC2019 software used in our computer labs and may not be compatible with older versions of the software. The instructor can provide backwards-compatible files upon request.

Adobe InDesign Level 2: Intermediate

Elevate your InDesign skills by creating professional-quality documents. Work with styles/formatting, import/modify graphics, and develop tables for better organization. Create proof files, generate forms, and develop EPUB files for digital publishing.

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 EPUB.

CLICK HERE FOR RECOMMENDED BOOK
The book is not required, but we recommend that you purchase it as a reference during and after the course. This book and its exercise files are made specifically for the CC2019 software used in our computer labs and may not be compatible with older versions of the software. The instructor can provide backwards-compatible files upon request.

Adobe Photoshop Level 1: Introduction

Photoshop is the industry standard for working with digital images—learn to create your own graphics! We'll cover image formats, color correction, retouching digital photos, layers, advanced selection techniques, and other editing tools.

Pictures help give any report, presentation, or website a professional edge, and Photoshop is the industry standard for working with digital images. During this class you will learn to create and edit your own digital graphics and photographs. This hands-on course discusses image formats, color correction, retouching digital photos, working with layers, advanced selection techniques, and using various editing tools. You will also learn how several quick fix techniques and how to prepare for both print and web output.

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By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Retouch images by removing, replacing, and correcting details
  2. Work with layers, including applying styles and filters
  3. Enhance and modify images with masks and channels
  4. Utilize best practices to export images for use in print and online

Foundations of Graphic Design

Explore the graphic designer's role as well as techniques for creative thinking and problem solving as we study and discover effective visual communication strategies. Digital media vs. traditional print design discussions will support development.


In the world of graphic design, good looks are everything….and so many websites, posters, greeting cards and more need your help ASAP. Fortunately, creating professional content – whether for your job, church, family, or yourself – is made easier by understanding the fundamental concepts of graphic design.

This course identifies multiple visual communications principles and elements within good design, including: color theory, composition, typography and more. We’ll also demonstrate how these artistic decisions can create cohesive, expressive branding through the use of templates and style guides.

Come explore the graphic designer’s role - as well as techniques for creative thinking and problem solving – as we study and discover effective visual communication strategies. Class discussions regarding variances between new digital media and traditional print design will also help budding designers eliminate anxieties about the unknown.

Through a series of lectures and project-based homework assignments, this course will demystify the graphic design profession for students who are:
  • new to working in design roles;
  • considering switching to a design career;
  • self-taught and struggle to find fundamental solutions; or
  • seasoned designers needing a refresher and introduction to emerging tools, techniques, and technologies.

ECE recommends completing this course as the first in the Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate, but it can be taken at any time during the program. Students will complete three assignments related to visual communication principles, creative briefs, and brand design. Experience with Adobe software is welcomed but not required for success.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the role of color, composition, and typography in visual communication
  • Explain the various roles and duties of a graphic design professional
  • Develop a roadmap to guide design projects from conception to completion
  • Choose the right hardware, software, and file types for each project
  • Make informed decisions about their projected career path