Design and Digital Media Online

This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice. Students work both on and off the computer to complete assignments that explore basic 2D communication principles integrating color, shape, texture, typography, and photography to build a visual language. Essential skills in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that support the task of each assignment will be taught through weekly tutorials. Students will develop an understanding of the stages of the design process (research, ideation, sketching, etc.), and project outcomes include collages, patterns, posters, and a logo. At the end of the class, students will be guided through the process of sequencing and presenting a digital portfolio of their designs. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Required Materials: Variety of papers and drawing tools.

Required Software: Adobe Creative Cloud

Required Hardware: Digital camera and/or scanner

Suggested Textbook: Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design Paperback by Steven Heller (Author), Rick Poynor (Foreword) ISBN-10: 1621534049 ISBN-13: 978-1621534044 Design Elements, 2nd Edition: Understanding the rules and knowing when to break them - Updated and Expanded Paperback by Timothy Samara (Author) ISBN-10: 1592539270 ISBN-13: 978-1592539277

Required Textbook: Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design, Gomez-Palacio and Vit (ISBN: 978-1592537426)

Register Before: May 31

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

VC 4207 20 SU17
Date Start: 
Monday, June 5, 2017
Date End: 
Friday, August 11, 2017
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Online - Asynchronous