Introduction to Graphic Design and Design Software: Learning and Applying the Fundamentals
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This class is a studio intensive class. Students can register to take this class as either a 4-credit first summer session class only, or as an 8-credit full summer session class. In the first session, we will experiment with fundamental principles and practices in image-making, typography, and visual composition both by hand and with the aid of design software, conducting a series of smaller design projects and materials experiments. Students that register for the full summer session will go on to build on their foundational knowledge by completing individual final projects in brand design. It will include crafting and responding to a design brief for a coffee shop concept, as well as a design concept or project of their own choosing.
In the first session, students will receive instruction in a wide range of image-making techniques, basic principles of shape, color and pattern, typography, and the principles of composition and visual contrast. Students will also receive instruction in computer design software and can expect to achieve beginning to intermediate technical competency with Adobe’s InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator software as well as previews of Adobe Capture and Fresco. In the second session, students can expect to deepen their skills and abilities across all of these areas.
We will collectively organize an exhibition of our graphic design work at the end of both the first and second sessions.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
art, graphic design, publication design, web design, interior design, illustration
Class Size: 20
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.