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.
 

This advanced class will explore the features of Adobe InDesign for use in making complex documents such as newsletters, books, or magazines. The class will highlight some of InDesign's most important features in the course of demonstrations: proxies for placed graphic files; colors and swatches; the paragraph composer; text on a path; layers; transparency effects; libraries; and graphics linking; in addition to Adobe's Opentype font format. Most importantly, students will learn how to use InDesign's master pages feature.

Saturday, Sunday
Oct 24 - Oct 25
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 areathe tools, menu commands, and palettebefore learning the basics of the application: setting up documents; formatting text and manipulating objects; defining colors; and using swatches.

Saturday, Sunday
Sep 26 - Sep 27
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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This digital workshop builds upon the "Getting Started with Photoshop" class, and moves on to the more advanced techniques of using the layer, channels, and paths panels, such as creating adjustment layers, layer masks, and clipping paths.

Saturday, Sunday
Oct 10 - Oct 11
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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In this Design Thinking workshop, participants will explore this creative way of thinking through a hands-on approach. Design is a form of creative and critical action. In order to find the best response to a problem designers go through a series of steps, questioning, brainstorming, researching, prototyping, and refining. This process is a little different than the typical problem-solving process because it is not linear and it encourages trial and error.

Tuesday
Oct 13 - Oct 27
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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As computer programs like Adobe Photoshop continue to evolve, the ways to create screens for printmaking become almost limitless. This hands-on class will start in the computer lab, where students will learn techniques for image creation, set up print-ready files, and make positives for their prints. Layers in Photoshop correspond so perfectly with layers in screenprinting! The last three weeks will be in the printmaking studio, where students will turn their digitally-created positives into screenprints.

Saturday
Sep 12 - Oct 10
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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.

Saturday
Oct 10 - Nov 14
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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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. Hands-on, in-class exercises, and real world, structured assignments will immerse students in the elements of graphic design, including typography, layout, color, and graphic form.

Wednesday
Sep 9 - Nov 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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In this introductory-level course, students will explore how typography is used to communicate effectively within the field of graphic design. While building a basic vocabulary of terms and processes, students will exercise different topics ranging from formal usage to typography as art. Class periods will include studio time, discussions, and critiques appropriate to the projects throughout the course. The primary focus of the course will be creating individual projects through both experimental, analog materials and computer-based typesetting.

Thursday
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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