Online Graphic Design Essentials with the Adobe Creative Suite (Summer 2013)
Online Art and Design Courses
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 including 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 16 and above.
Prerequisite: Beginner's knowledge of at least one of the Adobe Creative Suite programs.
Required Software: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator (version CS2 or higher).
Required Hardware: Digital camera and/or scanner.
Required Textbook: Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design, Gomez-Palacio and Vit (ISBN 978-1592537426).
Recommended Textbook: Picture This: How Pictures Work, Bang (ISBN 978-1587170300).
Required Materials: Variety of papers and drawing tools
Online Learning classes are not eligible for early or multiple class registration discounts.