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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.

"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


"I really liked the smaller class and instructor. A great overview of both illustrator and photoshop and I especially liked the various resources about getting into the business."

– Student of Introduction to Graphic Design


"I really, really enjoyed this course. Mark was a really great instructor. I have a little experience using Photoshop and Illustrator but never any technical experience. I learned a lot using all different types of tools and I think he catered to everyone."

– Student of Introduction to Graphic Design 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 18 at 1 p.m. CT



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Class meeting time 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CT
Class meeting days Sunday
Building and room Sharp Building 1108
Course number 1187
Course instructor Mark Skillicorn