Week 1 (Apr. 22) – “What is Graphic Design?” – explain various examples of branding, web design, video editing, social media, freelance work, and typography.
Week 2 (Apr. 29) – “History of Design” – The evolution of graphic design as a practice and profession and how its closely bound to technological innovations, societal needs, and the visual imagination of practitioners. An overview of how graphic design has been practiced in various forms throughout history.
Week 3 (May 6) – “Design Elements” – How design is done and the basic principles of design. Design elements have an impact on how a piece of work is perceived, executed, and used – and are present in design regardless of skill, taste, or style.
Week 4 (May 13) – “Advertising and In-House Graphic Design” – Graphic advertising design is the intersection of marketing and design. It refers to the visual artwork created specifically for advertisements, or simply, “ads”.
Week 5 (May 20) – “Design Technology” – what programs are used, prominent apps, and what new social media is in the forefront. Whether you design for the printed page or the computer screen, knowledge of industry-standard design software is a must.
Week 6 (May 27) – “Portfolios, Personal Work” – A graphic design portfolio is typically the only element a client needs to see when choosing a graphic designer – which means a portfolio is vital for proving your skill as a designer.
Week 7 (June 3) – “Good Design – Bad Design” – Looking at examples of bad design alongside counter-examples of good design is not only fun but also draws important lessons for designers. They highlight pitfalls for designers to avoid and let us understand how to translate design theories into solutions that work in the real world.
Week 8 (June 10) – “The Job Market for Graphic Designers” – The work of graphic designers will continue to be important in the marketing of products throughout the economy. Although many graphic designers work independently, those who work for specialized graphic design firms are often part of a design team, full-time or part-time. Many graphic designers collaborate with colleagues or work with clients on projects. How can this be an option for you if you wish?
*Introduce a friend and pay $25 each or $190 for the complete eight session program