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Introduction to Graphic Design

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 was one of my favorite classes that I have taken while pursuing my certificate. [The instructor] integrated a variety of teaching techniques from videos, lectures, demonstration to breakout sessions. It was very enjoyable!"
-Introduction to Graphic Design online student, Summer 2020

"The lecture/project/discussion load was perfectly balanced...Zoom worked out very well."
-Introduction to Graphic Design online student, Summer 2020

"I would definitely take an online course again! I live in the Northern suburbs and this made it so much easier to manage my work, family and learning!" 
-Introduction to Graphic Design online student, Summer 2020

"I was able to connect with my classmates more authentically than I ever expected to be able to based on online courses from my past...I really enjoyed the few open work times during the class. When I was logged into our Zoom class sessions it really did feel like a shared classroom space. It was nice to know that we were all working on our class projects in our various locations."
-Introduction to Graphic Design online student, Summer 2020


This course is currently full be we are offering it again on Sundays this spring! Learn more here

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Class meeting time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CT
Class meeting days Monday
Building and room Online
Course number 2442
Course instructor Mark Skillicorn