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Advanced Graphic Design Certificate

Advanced Graphic Design Certificate courses.

Adobe Illustrator Level 2: Intermediate

In the Illustrator Level 2 course, you will strengthen your production and illustration skills by working on real-world projects, such as creating a logo, building a package, and creating photorealistic illustrations. You'll see how simple tools, such as gradients and shadows, can add depth and realism to simple objects.

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After this class, you will be able to:
  • Create and modify layers
  • Use and create gradients, blends and patterns
  • Work with brushes
  • Employ creative uses of effects and graphic styles
  • Work with and create symbols
  • Work with the perspective grid
  • Combine Illustrator images with Photoshop images
  • Create and save content for the web
Section: ADOBE-IL-LVL2 (26JAN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 26, 2019 End Date: Feb 2, 2019 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Gaston Register
Section: ADOBE-IL-LVL2 (22APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 22, 2019 End Date: Apr 30, 2019 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register

Adobe Photoshop Level 2: Intermediate

Students in this class will work through example projects based on real-world scenarios to reinforce and expand upon the skills learned in Photoshop Level 1.

You will learn how to create a movie poster using multiple source images; how to utilize Photoshop’s vector capabilities; and advanced techniques for image correction and typographic design. You will also learn how to incorporate lighting effects and perspective tools to create realism in your Photoshop compositions.

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Section: ADOBE-PS-LVL2 (01DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 1, 2018 End Date: Dec 8, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register
Section: ADOBE-PS-LVL2 (15APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 15, 2019 End Date: Apr 18, 2019 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Michael Snodgrass Register

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.

The instructor—a working graphic design professional—will evaluate each assignment and encourage peers to exchange feedback. This activity will prepare students to articulate and justify their design decisions, which provides a realistic team environment for improving designs through collaboration.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Incorporate advanced design skills and techniques into everyday workflow
  • Develop and execute a system of procedures for addressing real world design project conditions and challenges
  • Plan goal-driven graphic design for a target audience to accommodate multiple revision cycles and stakeholders
  • Design and compose print and digital collateral applying color, typography and image theory, information hierarchy and composition principles
  • Conceptualize and create clear visual solutions for complex communication problems
  • Use problem solving skills to improve the process by which you will complete a project

Prerequisites:
  • Foundations of Graphic Design
  • Adobe InDesign Level 1: Introduction
  • Adobe InDesign Level 2: Intermediate
  • Adobe Photoshop Level 1: Introduction
  • Adobe Photoshop Level 2: Intermediate
  • Adobe Illustrator Level 1: Introduction
  • Adobe Illustrator Level 2: Intermediate

Note: This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud on your personal computer. Discounted student pricing is available here.


Section: ADVGRAPHIC (04FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 4, 2019 End Date: Mar 11, 2019 Tuition: $795.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register

Graphic Design Certificate 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.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Critique, edit and refine their own and others’ work at a professional level
  • Document and articulate decisions at each stage of the creative process
  • Employ advanced design skills and techniques to solve complex problems
  • Create a personal identity system
  • Develop an impactful design portfolio of print and digital collateral


Prerequisites:
  • Foundations of Graphic Design
  • Adobe InDesign Level 1: Introduction
  • Adobe InDesign Level 2: Intermediate
  • Adobe Photoshop Level 1: Introduction
  • Adobe Photoshop Level 2: Intermediate
  • Adobe Illustrator Level 1: Introduction
  • Adobe Illustrator Level 2: Intermediate
  • Advanced Graphic Design: Theory & Practice


Note: This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud on your personal computer. Discounted student pricing is available here.

Section: CAP-ADVGRAPHIC (07MAY19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: May 7, 2019 End Date: May 28, 2019 Tuition: $795.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register