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The Graphic Design program at CDI College provides you with the job-ready career training you need to work in the creative field of graphic arts.
In this program, you'll learn key concepts every designer uses daily, including layout, colour theory, typography, prepress processes, presentation, as well as marketing and advertising.
With digital media, graphics manipulation and interactive design skills in high demand, the 65-week Graphic Design diploma program provides a thorough and well-rounded education for creative professionals. Your instructors are experienced design professionals whose focused, insightful feedback will help you grow your new abilities quickly.
Another major part of your graphic design career training at CDI College involves learning the Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro. You'll sharpen your skills with these vital design tools each day, eventually creating an impressive digital portfolio of your work to show to employers in a variety of industries, including publications, online marketing and branding agencies, advertising companies, web development firms, and more.
As a graphic designer, you'll have an exciting and varied career – no two days are the same. Start training for the career you want in the Graphic Design diploma program at CDI College.
This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.
My teacher has experience in the field, which makes a big difference when it comes to teaching us important skills for the job. He is very helpful with preparing us for the industry.
This course begins with covering 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, 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, 3- D, 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 actions scripts, batch processes and other time saving options
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.
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.
In this course students will learn the key features, tools and techniques for working in Premiere Pro CC. In 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 color and, authoring DVDs. The students will also learn to take projects from script all the way to the screen using a variety Adobe tools such as Ultra, Adobe Story, OnLocation, Speech Search. Topical coverage includes: The Premiere Pro work area, Managing assets, Importing media, Capturing video assets from tape, Cuts only videos, Working with video transitions, Specialized editing tools, Working with Video effects, Acquiring, editing and sweetening audio, Compositing techniques, Integrating other Adobe tools, and Authoring DVDs
This course introduces students to the rapid prototype and web site 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. Topical coverage includes: Advantages and disadvantages of web site authoring software tools and features, Principles of effective layout, Fundamentals of Cascading Style Sheets, Incorporating Images and graphics, Working with templates, Adding navigation, Dynamic and interactive content, Fundamental Behaviours and Commands, and Uploading to the server.
This course is an introductory level course that prepares the student to draw anatomically correct structures of the human body. Students will learn to draw the human figure in correct anatomic detail based on the observation of live models. This course will emphasize the anatomically correct proportions of the human body and the accurate portrayal of muscles and other landmarks by applying various techniques of shading and lighting, views, and perspective.
This course is an introductory level drawing course designed to have the students apply the fundamental concepts of drawing. Students will experiment with the use of basic shapes and techniques in drawing simple objects comprised of lines, shapes, forms and shading patterns. This course will also continue the coverage of the notions of perspective, scale, and proportions and their role in the production of realistic looking drawings. Students will also gain an understanding of light source placement and shadow casting and how these translate into a final drawing. Students will be able to practice the various techniques learned throughout the course by developing drawings in a progressive manner.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the fundamental principles of design and colour theory. Students will be introduced to the principle concepts of design such as layout, composition and balance, as well as the theories of colour and how to use colour creatively. These concepts will be presented in theory as well as reinforced through specific practical exercises and activities that will serve to demonstrate how each of the concepts is integrated into good design.
In this course students will explore and discover a comprehensive curriculum of world art history in the context of current graphic design theory and practice. Artistic styles will be explored in terms of elements of design as they developed during each age, both within and across cultures. Where appropriate, anthropological themes will be woven into the curriculum so as to place significant artworks, and their influences, into context.
This course focuses on the basic principles of typography and its place and importance in graphic design. Students will learn how typography evolved from its earliest days in the form of basic symbols and forms to the present day sophisticated fonts and letterforms. Students will learn the fundamentals of working with type. Students will discover the building blocks of type, the typographic measurement units and typefaces both classical and modern fonts. The course will integrate working with type in both a manual and a computerized context.
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 cover different lenses and focal lengths. 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.
This course introduces the processes involved in developing a solution to design challenges. The emphasis is placed on the various techniques and tools that are used in the design process. Students will learn to integrate problem solving, and critical thinking techniques as well as to call upon their creativity to develop original solutions to design challenges. Students will study various case studies each one highlighting a unique design challenge and the processes that were used to arrive at a solution.
Designing print publications is one of the most important components of a graphic designer’s work. This course will lay the foundation for the work involved in creating a publication of various formats. Although the arrival of desktop publishing has greatly facilitated the publication process, the designer still must overcome some of the common obstacles and challenges encountered in printing and publishing. The course focuses on the design of single and multi page publications that combine type, graphics, colours, and textures while addressing some of the common printing and publication challenges.
This course will explore the processes of page design and layout. Using industry standard composition software, students will learn to apply design concepts to the development of creative page layout designs. Students will learn to import and prepare various components and incorporate them into the final page layout. Students will gain working knowledge of the tools and features of composition and layout software packages.
This course introduces the fundamental features of package design including the typical package materials, the processes and decisions that go into the design and production of a package. Students will explore the various materials and types of packages that are in use today as well as current trends and concerns surrounding packaging. Students will learn to combine the creative design concepts and the choice of materials to develop creative packaging solutions. The course will explore some of the most notable packaging successes.
This course explores the role of the graphic designer in the process of developing branding or corporate identity systems. The course will explore the components that typically comprise a corporate identity system. Students will learn the processes and considerations that impact the design of corporate logos, colour selection, type, symbols, branding elements, stationery, and other collateral elements. Students will explore several case studies of prominent companies and brands and how graphic design influenced their corporate identity systems.
This course will explore the role of graphic design in the context of advertising. Students will learn about current trends in promotion and marketing, establishing a target market, consumerism, visual stimuli, advertising theories and strategies, product placement, and how they impact the design process. Students will learn the importance of meeting deadlines, professional presentation and attention to detail. The course will explore some of the issues and challenges that must be considered when designing advertising collateral.
Mobile devices allow us to better experience the world around us and to instantaneously record, modify and communicate our experiences via social media. This course will trace developments from the inception of the Internet and explore the potential of emerging mobile technologies. This course will explore the design challenges that face digital designers when designing for social media and mobile applications and their supporting media. You gain a solid understanding of the evolving mobile media design processes, and will be required to apply this knowledge to design problems and develop prototype designs. This course will not focus on the technology but rather on the design, functionality and user experience, designing for mobile media devices, applications and distribution of content across web-based and mobile platforms.
This course explores the relationship between marketing and the design of advertising collateral. In order to appreciate how to design the advertising materials, it is essential to appreciate the link to marketing. This course will explore how price, promotion, distribution, target markets, and the product itself relate to advertising and thus, the design component of advertising. Lectures include a review of the target market sectors and how to produce designs that are relevant to a particular target market. Students will also learn how budgets, corporate marketing strategy, and the company vision will influence the design of marketing and advertising collateral.
Social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, and LinkedIn are being used as powerful communication tools. In this course you will examine how social media and mobile technologies have changed how we buy and as customers, how we communicate with businesses, and how we communicate for personal and community engagement. This course will focus on learning to design and build platforms or each of these purposes.
This course is aimed at preparing the students' transition to the professional world, allowing the student to place the final polishing touches on their portfolio work. Students will be required to explain and defend the presentation structure of their portfolio and individual pieces to a panel of their peers and/or industry in the format of a job interview. All portfolio components should demonstrate the student's mastery of the programs core competencies while highlighting the uniqueness of their work. Selected pieces should reflect a standard of quality evidenced by additional time spent polishing applied skills. Students will be required to complete their presentation website and marketing collateral.
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