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Introduction to Graphic Design Two-Weekend Intensive

This course examines the fundamentals of two-dimensional design in the digital age. Students will explore principle elements of design including composition, color, and typography through a series of projects that introduce Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as primary graphic design tools. The importance of effective visual communication in both commercial and experimental design is stressed as students gain an understanding of the professional design process from the client brief to the finished digital project. Students will leave this course with a solid foundation in strategies for solving design problems, a basic design vocabulary, and an understanding of the specific role that Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop play in creating professional work. Before starting this course, students should be comfortable creating, deleting, renaming, and moving files and directories without assistance.

NOTE: Students in this course will be provided with an Adobe Creative Cloud License for the duration of the course. We recommend that you have a laptop that meets the minimum requirements for Adobe Creative Cloud.

This course meets:
Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, December 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CT
Sunday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT
Friday, December 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, December 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CT
Sunday, December 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT


"For the first time ever I feel like I can use software as an extension of my abilities, instead of being bound by the program."

– Student of Introduction to Graphic Design 

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Intro to GD
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Class meeting time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM * 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM * 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Class meeting days Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Building and room Online * Online * Online
Course number 2525
Course instructor Markus Dohner