Graphic Design Overview
The Rollins College Graphic Design Certificate can prepare you to enter the design industry with the tools necessary to succeed. You will learn the latest Adobe Creative Suite applications and software including Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and more. If you are interested in learning how to plan, design, develop, and launch professional graphic design projects, the Rollins College Graphic Design Certificate is definitely for you!
The Graphic Design Certificate consists of consists of over 100 hours of graphic design education, completed over 9 months, in both an online and in-class environment. You will learn to use the latest industry standard Adobe Creative Suite software including Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as an introduction to design theory and practical scenario based training on working with a client. Courses build upon one another with assignments and lessons, allowing you to hone your newly learned skills in between class sessions. The certificate program culminates in the unique online Capstone Course, in which you'll create your portfolio worthy, final design project.
Overview of Courses
Introduction to Graphic Design
Graphic design is the visual expression of ideas. A graphic designers' role is to translate, communicate - and sometimes advocate - by giving form to ideas. Though communication is often done digitally, graphic design is thriving since graphic designers are now needed for both print (flyers, brochures, etc.) and digital (web templates, digital billboards, banner ads, etc.) design. In this course, we'll learn the fundamental skills that all graphic designers use: layout, color theory, typography, imagery and more. We'll also learn about tools and processes used by professional graphic designers and an overview of preparing designs for online viewing and printing. This course provides the foundations every professional graphic designer needs whether you are interested in freelancing, working in an agency or becoming an in-house designer.
Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF) is the industry standard for exchanging electronic documents. Acrobat can maintain your page layout and prevent changes to documents, even when they are shared with others. Learn to create and edit PDF files with hyperlinks, and indices. Practice optimizing fonts and images within documents to ensure a small file size and compatibility across platforms. If you transmit documents via email or work within the printing industry, this course is a must!
Adobe Illustrator is the industry leading tool used to create professional vector graphics for print and web designs. Used by design professionals worldwide, Illustrator provides precise and powerful drawing tools and a host of time-savers for busy professionals. In this course, you will learn to take advantage of Illustrator's powerful tools to create illustrations and typography effects. Work with colors, gradients, layers, fonts, and photos to create eye-catching illustrations and text effects. Lastly, you'll learn to design advertisements and printable documents. We'll discuss both the print and web uses of this sophisticated graphics program.
Adobe InDesign takes desktop publishing and design to another level. In this course, you'll learn to use the extraordinary power of InDesign to create multi-page documents and prepare them for print or export as a PDF. Topics include learning the work area, working with text and graphics, creating simple vector based graphics, and the basics of overall design. Advanced topics in this course include using styles to standardize the formatting throughout a document, managing color palettes, and creating tables. This course is an absolute must for anyone needing to design professional and attractive brochures, reports, catalogs, and other multi-page documents.
Print Graphics with Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for producing professional graphics and an essential tool for most design professionals, whether they work on digital or print images. In this course, you'll learn to retouch digital photos by cropping, sizing, and perfecting contrast, color balance, and many other tools. You'll also learn to create attractive, engaging images using advanced manipulation techniques such as filter effects, custom brushes, and selection tools. Lastly, you'll learn to employ a variety image formats such as JPG and TIFF for print and digital design. If you're serious about working in the creative design industry, you must know this application well.
Graphic Design Certificate Capstone
In this tutorial style course, you'll experience the process used by professional freelancers and design firms to create professional quality graphic design pieces. Over ten weeks you'll come to understand, in theory and practice, what makes good design - in form and space, in color fundamentals, in translating key messages into design, and in utilizing typography and images effectively. With the guidance of a knowledgeable, graphic design professional, you will follow a structured design process throughout the course. Upon completion of the project, you will have created your own creative pieces that can serve as the beginning of a professional portfolio.