Online Graphic Design for Professionals Training Course
Delivery: Online Program Lengths: 10 weeks (Instructor Led) OR 10 weeks to 6 months (Instructor Supported) Entrance Requirement: Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) or experience in a related field.
The Graphic Design for Professionals online certificate provides students with a foundation of graphic design skills and principles and corporate branding. The course will allow students to apply the technical and creative skills learned throughout the program to create a strong corporate identity for a business of their choice. Students will complete the program with a developed brand identity including logo design, business cards, print collateral, advertisements and social media profiles.
This certificate is delivered fully online so that you can complete assignments when it’s most convenient for you, all while receiving support from a dedicated instructor and interacting with classmates. This course offers optional weekly live sessions via conference call with your instructor and classmates, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and get involved in discussions. The certificate includes training on industry standard tools and software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Skills Acquired in this Certificate:
Training on industry standard software (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design)
Research and create a personal and professional design style.
Producing branding products (logos, corporate image and identity)
Instructor Led (Condensed Course) – 10 Weeks Instructor led courses follow a class schedule with a dedicated Instructor and classmates. The Instructor posts weekly discussions and hosts live online sessions via conference call where students can discuss assignments, industry topics etc. with their peers. The live sessions are recorded and archived for reference. The Instructor led option has a heavier workload upfront but offers increased engagement, opportunity for discussion and encourage students to complete the course within a shorter time frame. Tuition for the certificate must be paid in full within the ten week time period. Students can enter into an Instructor Led program at set start dates on approximately a monthly basis.
Instructor Supported (Extended Course) – 10 weeks to 6 months Instructor supported courses come with the support of a dedicated Instructor but do not follow a set class schedule. Students work at their own pace to complete the course within a six month time period. The Instructor has pre-recorded lectures that are available for students to review. Students can call into weekly live sessions via conference call with the Instructor Led student sessions but the topics may not align with where they currently are in their coursework. The Instructor supported option offers students continued support from a dedicated instructor with the flexibility to complete the certificate over a longer period of time. Tuition for the certificate must be paid in full within a ten week period.
Who Should Take This Course?
This certificate is perfect for a professional looking to learn graphic design and corporate branding skills or a business owner interested in developing a brand identity for their business.
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Graphic Design for Professionals Certificate Courses
Graphic Design Principles and Concepts
While learning Adobe Illustrator we will explore basic concepts of design such as color, alignment, lines and shape, space, white/ negative space and an introduction to typography. With Illustrator students learn about vector images and how to create graphics and simple compositions. While learning Adobe Photoshop we will explore basic concepts of design such as texture, form, color, shadings, transparencies, gradients and borders. Understand the use of layers, masks and effects as well as pixel based image manipulation. We cover the differences between vector graphics and pixel graphics, save images for web or printing and different quality formats.
Graphic Design and Typography
Students will learn Adobe InDesign and practice in Photoshop and Illustrator while exploring basic concepts of design and typography, font types, size and styles, alignment and transformation, letter spacing and line height. Understand licensing and commercial or personal use as well as open source licenses and sources. Students will learn how to combine graphics and imagery with typography in a composition.
Printing and Design Compositions
This course will apply learned design skills into creating personal printing projects, combining tools such as Illustrator and Photoshop and importing assets into InDesign where we will learn how to ensemble a project for printing with the right configuration. Projects will include business cards, flyers, magazine covers, posters, packaging, etc.
Branding for Businesses
This course is geared towards entrepreneurs or students looking to strengthen their brand communication skills. Students will apply the technical and creative skills learned throughout the program to create a strong corporate identity for a business of their choice. The finished product will be a developed brand identity including logo design, business cards, print collateral, and advertisements.
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Graphic Design for Professionals Certificate Tuition
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The chart below outlines the cost of the classes if you choose to take them individually.
A $200 non-refundable registration fee is charged to register for the course. We offer a payment plan for tuition of three equal payments of $598.33 at week 3, week 6, and week 9.
Software Costs In addition to tuition costs, students are responsible for purchasing applicable software for this program. There are several plan options available through Adobe starting at $19.99 per month for students. Click here for details.