Design and Digital Media

Fuse image with type and style with substance. Strike the perfect balance between art and information, ideas and aesthetics. Our renowned graphic design faculty and courses are geared to help both professionals and novices develop the essential technical and conceptual skills to take design beyond grids and graphics. And if you're ready for the next level, check out our Certificate in Graphic Design program at www.mcad.edu/certificates.
 

Do you have a design project that you want to start, but don't know where to begin? Has your day job taken some of the passion out of your portfolio? Have you started a personal project but are having a hard time completing it without the benefit of regular feedback? Perhaps you just miss showing new work to a group of trusted fellow designers or colleagues? Created specifically for graphic designers looking to refresh their portfolios, this class is based on an MFA mentorship model.

Thursday
Jul 9 - Aug 6
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This class, designed for those interested in modern calligraphy, hand-lettering, and typography in general, will teach students the basics of calligraphy: Writing posture, ink control, and letterform structure.

Knowing calligraphy is an excellent way to become more familiar with letterforms of all types. According to master letterer Jon Contino, "Learning calligraphy will give you a much more intimate sense of each letter and it will help you to learn how to manipulate each one or many together to create a beautiful composition."

Tuesday
Jun 16 - Jun 30
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Patterns decorate consumer products ranging from wrapping paper to bedding and clothing. This illustration-oriented class will give students the chance to develop a print and pattern portfolio, as well as learn industry standards for creating artwork for products. For those who already have a portfolio, they will also learn alternative ways of creating work in order to expand their portfolio offerings. A wide range of patterns are used in the consumer world, including damask patterns, plaids, tossed icon prints, florals, conversational prints, and more.

Wednesday
Jun 3 - Jul 15
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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It's time to make something new. Photocopy, scan, photograph, trace, light, cut, layer, make prints with your car tires, freeze a sculpture in a container of milk. This class will give you a chance to create whatever you can dream up.

Thursday
Jun 4 - Jul 2
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Through the hands-on use of Photoshop, students will learn the basics of the application - beginning by familiarizing themselves with the tool palette and menus; exploring floating panels; and learning their options in regards to each tool. Students will be introduced to the paths, channels, and layers floating panels. Much of the work will revolve around these features, as a fundamental understanding of these are necessary for any user. Students will also explore retouching and color-correction, two tasks beginning users are usually eager to jump in and try.

Saturday, Sunday
Jun 13 - Jun 14
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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This studio course challenges students to experiment with a variety of theories, tools and methods for creating new type-centric work. Whether you are interested in creating a series of illustrations with inspirational phrases, practicing traditional tattoo lettering, or creating your own hand-drawn fonts from innovative mark-making, students will be provided with methods to refine and expand their custom lettering skills. This course will explore new ways to create your own hand-drawn fonts, phrases and letterforms with an illustrative twist.

Tuesday
Jun 2 - Jun 30
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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This class, ideal for those who work in both print and on the web, will cover concise, straightforward instruction on how to get started with Adobe Illustrator and how to work toward the creation of images and text with more sophisticated tools and techniques. Students will learn to use the pen tools, brushes, and apply effects, in addition to how to work with and edit color.

Wednesday
Jul 8 - Aug 5
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Whether you are new to page-layout software or are a graphics professional familiar with QuarkXPress or Apple's Pages software, this introductory class will provide the groundwork for creating print-ready documents of professional quality using the Adobe page-layout program, Adobe InDesign. Students start by exploring InDesign's work area–the tools, menu commands, and palettes, before learning the basics of the application: Setting up documents; formatting text and manipulating objects; defining colors; and using swatches.

Saturday, Sunday
Aug 8 - Aug 9
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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Graphic design is everywhere. From t-shirts to posters, traffic signs to logos, graphic design is used to visually communicate an idea, a message, or a statement. Students in this class will explore graphic design as a practice and learn to put to work the concepts and principles of design.

Tuesday
Jun 2 - Aug 4
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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It's one thing to make a message legible–clear to the person reading it–but quite another to make that message speak with emotion and style. The ability to do so is grounded in an understanding of the history of typography and the ability to apply that knowledge. In this class, students will learn how to do just that.

Monday
Jun 1 - Aug 3
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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