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Graphic Arts Specialist

The Graphic Arts Specialist program is intended for students wishing to pursue a career in the graphics and digital media industries. Digital media, graphics and image manipulation skills continue to be in high demand. This program will provide graduates with skills in digital image creation, editing and as well as production pipeline processes required by digital media employers.

Students will receive training in a variety of industry standard software including: Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Acrobat, ActionScript, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.
In addition to learning career-oriented skills, students at CDI College also learn how to get a job in their chosen profession with the Student Success Strategies and Career and Employment Strategies courses.
Our Employment Services Department will also assist the graduate in resume writing, as well as preparing for job interviews. Our staff is sensitive to current job market trends and the needs of employers in each local market.

Program Courses

CESO - Career and Employment Strategies
This course will assist students in planning, preparation, and job search execution. Students will prepare personal marketing collateral and will practice a variety of interviewing techniques.
PSKO - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises, and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.
G23O - Integration Project
Students will apply all previous learning to a practical project where they will plan, design, develop, and publish a digital media project.
G21O - Motion Graphics
This course provides an in-depth view of the various components in the Adobe Creative Suite utilized in professional motion graphics projects. This course is highly practical in nature and will explore intermediate to advanced techniques for creating professional quality animations and motion footage. In the first half of the course, students learn about design essentials as related to motion graphics, including typography, logo animation, repairing and re-timing footage, stylizing footage, background design, 3D objects and cameras, audio design, and vector design. The second half of the course focuses on real-world design projects that include broadcast package design, title sequences, DVD menu design, motion control 3D, character animation techniques, and panoramic images.
G20O - Visual Effects and Compositing
This course continues to explore Adobe After Effects at a more advanced level to create seamless movie-quality visual effects. Students will learn core techniques for effects compositing including color matching, keying, rotoscoping, motion tracking, emulating the camera, and concluding with using expressions in After Effects. The final section of the course will allow students to explore several advanced composting effects projects that demonstrate professional techniques that the student will be able to practice.
G19O - Adobe After Effects CC
This course will explore the key techniques for working in Adobe After Effects and how to work efficiently and deliver in the widest possible range of media types. In addition to learning the key elements of the After Effects interface, students will also a variety of other embedded tools and features such as Mocha, Color Finesse 3, and Digieffects FreeForm plug-ins; Rotobrush; AVC-Intra and expanded RED camera support; and more. Students will finish the course by exploring rendering and output of content.
G18O - Adobe Premiere Pro CC
In this course, students will learn the key features, tools, and techniques for working in Premiere Pro CC. I the first part of the course, students will learn the basics of using audio, creating transitions, producing titles, and adding effects. The course will then explore the more advanced features such as sweetening and mixing sound, compositing the footage, adjusting colour, and authoring DVDs. The students will also learn to take projects from the script all the way to the screen using a variety Adobe tools such as Ultra, Adobe Story, OnLocation, and Speech Search.
G16O - Adobe Acrobat
This course teaches students how to prepare their files for digital and electronic publishing. It includes spot and process color printing and writing the specifications of the print requirements to the printer. The course also teaches students how to electronically publish their documents using Adobe Acrobat. Documents in PDF format preserve the exact look and content of the originals and can be distributed via e-mail as well as stored and retrieved on any computer platform. The PDF format can be reviewed using Acrobat Reader.
G14O - ActionScript
In this course, students will build upon the skills learned in the Flash course and create engaging interactive content with ActionScript. Students will learn the fundamentals of adding interactivity to Flash files using ActionScript via the Actions panel as well as in external ActionScript files. The course covers the creation of simple navigation and timeline control and progresses through controlling animation with ActionScript code; using Event Listeners and writing event-handling functions; and controlling loading of an interaction with data, text, video, sound, and images.
G36O - Adobe Flash Professional CC
This course introduces students to the production of interactive digital media projects. Students will learn to use the features of Flash Professional to create digital animation and interactive websites. Students will learn to combine animation, audio, video, and the ability for the user to respond to the program using a variety of input methods to create engaging applications. This course will focus on the use of the various tools and features of Flash to import images and other vector-based artwork, create animated buttons and graphics, control and manage movie clips, and import audio files. The course will then explore the use of Flash to create a variety of complex web-based applications including shopping environments and fully interactive gaming experiences. Students will learn how to create dynamic characters for an immersive interactive experience and how to add visual effects using ActionScript 3.0 and will focus on how to create a more interactive experience for the end user including coverage of storyboarding and user directed storytelling, 2D character design and rigging, and creating visual effects with code. Students will also be introduced to avatar creations and publishing to the iPhone and the web.
G12O - Adobe Dreamweaver CC
The course introduces students to the rapid prototype and website authoring tool Dreamweaver, allowing them to quickly produce interactive web pages and sites. The emphasis of this course is to use the features and tools of the authoring software to build professional grade site architecture, structure, and content.
G11O - Introduction to XHTML and CSS
This course is the foundation of all studies for web-based products and applications, introducing students to principal concepts used in web development. Emphasis is placed on mastering XHTML and CSS. Students will learn to produce well-formed, hand-coded webpages using the features of XHTML and CSS.
G06O - WordPress
This course introduces students to the Content Management System or CMS and the most accessible and possibly the most commonly used, WordPress. The strength of WordPress is in its quick installation and the massive user and developer community that results in a vast array of plugins and enhancements for the platform. Due to its robust features, many of the top brands use WordPress to power their websites including but not limited to Time Magazine, Google, Facebook, Sony, LinkedIn, The New York Times, CNN, eBay, and more. In this course, students will learn how to install WordPress as well as create and administer their CMS online portfolio.
G35O - Adobe InDesign CC
This course begins by exploring the basic functionality and techniques for working with Adobe InDesign CC. Students will learn about the InDesign work area, its key tools and features and how they are used to create powerful print and interactive layouts and designs. Students will work with object selections, multiple page sizes, tracking text changes, creating new layers, enhance productions, and work with InDesign’s print and digital capabilities. The course then focuses on the use of InDesign in product packaging and publication design with an overall theme of type and typography. The course concludes by providing students a comprehensive overview and review of all of InDesign’s capabilities which are brought together in a more controlled and thoughtful manner to create rich interactive documents.
G34O - Adobe Illustrator CC
This course presents Illustrator as an industry-standard tool for the production of professional quality illustrations such as technical illustrations, mapping, illustrating from photographic reference, and colourizing bitmapped images. After learning the functionality and techniques to produce basic professional quality illustrations, students move on to explore the more advanced features of Illustrator by completing a series of advanced assignments. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the tool set so that they may solve more difficult design problems. Painting and Effects will be explored in detail. Projects will require a more sophisticated use of Illustrator techniques with a greater focus on finished quality and pre-press.
G33O - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
This course covers the features and capabilities of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, which, similar to Photoshop CC, is a package designed for editing photographs, but its focus and capabilities are slightly different than those of Photoshop CC. Lightroom 5 does not offer as many of the advanced editing functionality techniques, especially those required for layers and masks and for creating composite images, but it provides a superior image organizer and catalogue with built-in convenient procedures for creating galleries of images and slideshows, publishing and exporting photographs, as well as making backups. It is these aspects of Lightroom 5’s capabilities that students will focus on in this course.
G32O - Adobe Photoshop CC
This course covers the key techniques for working with Photoshop. Students will learn the key elements of the Photoshop interface and how the tools and features of this popular software can be used to edit images. Students will learn to use precise selection control to correct a wide range of lens-based errors as well as interactively transform their images with a variety of tools, effects, and filters. With a focus on the key features and tools of Photoshop, students will work with layers, masks, channels, brushes, and vector drawing techniques to prepare images for both web and print production. The course then moves on to more detailed advanced features of Photoshop including raster based painting for illustrations, 3D, video and animation techniques, colour controls, etc. Students will also learn to use the techniques for designing with advanced layering and image compositing techniques, working with action scripts, batch processes, and other time saving options.
G01O - Digital Photography
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital photography. Students will learn how to set up the camera and learn common program modes. Students will learn how to manage parameters such as composition, lighting, and exposure. The course will discuss the download and transfer of photos and organizing photos. Students will learn how to fine-tune and edit photos with Photoshop Elements.
SSSO - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.

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