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.
 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom provides both professional and advanced amateur digital photographers with one of the best tools available to manage, adjust, present, and print large volumes of digital photographs. Through the use of demonstrations and hands-on tutorials, students will learn the seven modules that make up the program to become proficient using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. By the end of class, they will understand the tools and strategies for creating a digital workflow to manipulate and manage their images.

Saturday, Sunday
Mar 12 - Mar 13
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch break)
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This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to research and strategic planning techniques for artists. This instructor will address questions such as: What makes a compelling artist statement? How do you write a residency proposal? Through lecture, discussion, collaboration, and sharing, students will explore creative ways to advance and promote their art practice from residency opportunities to using social media for promotional purposes.

Saturday
Apr 2 - Apr 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Set aside your preconceived notions of what a map represents and join us in exploring how information, geographic or otherwise, can be organized. In this class, students will be exposed to non-traditional examples of mapping and mapping techniques while working to develop their own system of data in visual form. Think "map as art". Upon choosing a topic, each student will gather data and research to create their own map using the Adobe Creative Suite or the medium of their choice. Participation, exercises, critiques, and discussions will be integral to success in this class.

Wednesday
Mar 2 - Mar 30
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 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
Feb 27 - Feb 28
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch break)
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In this Design Thinking workshop, participants will explore this creative way of thinking through a hands-on approach. Design thinking 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.

Monday
Mar 7 - Mar 21
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Through the hands-on use of Adobe 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.

Saturday, Sunday
Feb 13 - Feb 14
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch break)
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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. Students in this course will explore new ways to create their own hand-drawn fonts, phrases and letterforms with an illustrative twist.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Mar 3
6:30-9:30 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.

Tuesday
Feb 9 - Apr 12
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Imagine designing T-shirts for Urban Outfitters, home decor items for Target, or greeting cards and stationery for Hallmark. These are all examples of product design, and there are plentiful opportunities for artists and designers to create work within the consumer world. This class will highlight methods for designing and illustrating for specific audiences, products, and lifestyles through real-world practices of product designers. Students will select a core audience, research current trends, and create finished artwork that will speak to the audience's interests.

Wednesday
Feb 24 - Apr 16
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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In this class, students will be introduced to basic web design principles with the objective of building a well-performing site using online tools and resources. Topics of this class will include the basics of information architecture; graphic design and typographical principles for the web; image preparation; Content Management System (CMS) use and customization (i.e. Squarespace); user-experience design and accessibility; usability testing; search engine optimization; and professional/personal networking and promotion.

Thursday
Feb 11 - Apr 14
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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