Graphic Design Certificate Program

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.

Program Description

Through a combination of lectures, hands-on learning, and guided practice time you will develop a graphic designer's sense of problem solving while building projects towards a personal "body of work". By creating a variety of projects, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively implement professional design tools, how to creatively solve problems and what solutions are most appropriate for successful design. Each day you will learn the most often used tools and workflows while working on designs you can use use in the future.

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Prerequisites

Participants should also be familiar with the overall interface that is shared between all the Adobe applications. If you haven't used any of the Adobe tools or want to be sure you're up to speed, we offer registrants a free video introduction. Please contact BDA staff for access to this video.

Participants will receive a checklist of assets to collect prior to the first class. This will enable students to focus and work with their own materials, thus improving their own body of work. If a student is unable to bring their own assets, they will be welcome to use items provided by the instructor.

Program Goals

During this course you will:
  • Identify the common themes and tools in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects.
  • Explore core digital design principles, processes and best practices.
  • Learn basic typography, design and graphic illustration skills.
  • Prepare graphic elements and layout for web, print and motion (video).
  • Animate simple graphics.
  • Design pieces such as an animated logo, business card, Web portfolio layout comps and a graphic resume.
What this Course WILL NOT cover:
  • Coding for the web or generating an actual website.
  • Intermediate or advanced digital painting.
  • Intermediate or advanced photo manipulation.
  • Intermediate or advanced tools/processes in InDesign and After Effects.
  • How to be an expert designer in all things Adobe.

Requirements

BDA provides iMac workstations for in-class use and are available on a LIMITED basis. Students are also welcome to use their own computer with the latest version of the Creative Cloud installed. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud. (When registering, please tell us in the "notes" field whether you will need a BDA iMac or if you will bring your own laptop.)

BDA can make these iMac workstations available to students outside of class time, if scheduled in advance with BDA staff. Workstations and BDA equipment cannot leave BDA facilities and there is no "guarantee" that we will have a workstation available unless scheduled in advance.

After You Register

BDA is committed to making this process as smooth and enjoyable as possible so that you can focus on your learning. After you register you will be contacted by our staff who can answer questions and assist you with any logistical and travel concerns you might have.

Agenda

Day #1: Graphic Design Basics and Theory

  • Main software used: Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Other software used: InDesign, Acrobat
  • Main Project: Simple personal persona designs

9:00 - 10:00am - Introductions, Class & Check List Discussion

10:00 - 11:00am - Software & Project Description

11:00 - 12:30pm - Project #1 - Asset Creation, Organization and Migration

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30pm - Element, Principles, Color, Resolution & Media Types

2:30 - 4:00pm - Work on Project #1

4:00 - 5:00pm - Q & A - Open Forum

Day #2: Graphic Design Compositional Theories and Typography Basics

  • Main software used: Illustrator
  • Other software used: InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Color, Google Fonts
  • Main Projects: Personal Lgo Design and Personal Business Card Design

9:00 - 10:00am - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

10:00 - 11:00am - Logo & Typography Discussion

11:00 - 12:30pm - Custom Personal Logo Design

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:00pm - Business Card & Typeset Discussion

2:30 - 4:00pm - Business Card Design & Continue Logo Design

4:00 - 5:00pm - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

Day #3: Graphic Design Image Compositing, Design Media Differences and Web Basics

  • Main software used: Photoshop
  • Other software used: Illustrator, Google Fonts, Type Kit
  • Main Project: Personal website user interface landing page mock-up

9:00 - 10:00am - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

10:00 - 11:00am - Web Anatomy & Digital Media Discussion

11:00 - 12:30pm - User Interface Design Asset Creation

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30pm - Image Manipulation & Preparation

2:30 - 4:00pm - User Interface Personal Website Landing Page Design Mock-up

4:00 - 5:00pm - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

Day #4: Graphic Design Motion Graphics Basics, Video Basics

  • Main software used: After Effects
  • Other software used: Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Main Project: Personal Logo Motion Graphic

9:00 - 10:00am - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

10:00 - 11:00am - Video & Motion Graphic Discussion

11:00 - 12:30pm - Logo Motion Graphic Design Preparation

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30 - 4:00pm - Logo Motion Graphic Design Creation

4:00 - 5:00pm - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

Day #5: Graphic Design Page Layout Basics, Typographic Style, Type Setting and Printing Process Basics

  • Main software used: InDesign
  • Other software used: Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Google Fonts, Typeset, Adobe Color
  • Main Project: Personal Brand Journal (similar to portfolio with biography/resume)

9:00 - 10:00am - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help

10:00 - 11:00am - Page Layout & Typography / Typesetting Discussion

11:00 - 12:30pm - Personal Brand Journal Asset Creation & Organization

12:30 - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30 - 4:00pm - Personal Brand Journal Design

4:00 - 5:00pm - Review, Q & A, 1-on-1 help, Final Thoughts

Instructor

Michael Chavez

Michael has passionately created visual art and design ever since he was a young boy.

For over a decade, his work has been dedicated to the art of visual communication through graphic design. While running his own single-man design business, Michael also taught at the Art Institute of Colorado for 8 years in the graphic design program, where he focused on typography, portfolio and layout design. He also serves on the Board of AIGA Colorado since 2012.

On a day-to-day basis, Michael not only uses the industry-standard design software but he also teaches how to use those programs. He works on projects big and small - from branding and identity programs to logo design, collateral, typographic expression, digital illustration as well as a variety of formatting for print, web, and social media.

Michael is a Colorado native who loves letterforms, bicycles, running ultra long distances and enjoying the outdoors with his family.

Location

This certificate program will be held in the Boulder Digital Arts Boulder location classroom.

$1099
BDA Members
$1199
Non-Members

Registration:

BDA Members: $1,099.00

Non-Members: $1,199.00

Available Dates

December 10 - 14, 2018

In Boulder Location

Weekday Format Schedule

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Complete Schedule:
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 9AM - 5PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9AM - 5PM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 9AM - 5PM
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 9AM - 5PM
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 9AM - 5PM

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February 11 - 15, 2019

In Boulder Location

Weekday Format Schedule

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Complete Schedule:
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 9AM - 5PM

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Customer Comments

The level of education combined with the reasonable tuition and flexible schedule, is unlike any other program I've come across. For those like me, it's just too difficult to think about going back to school even part-time. I love what you guys do at BDA!Stephanie
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Comments For: Graphic Design Certificate Program

This was an incredible class. The instructor's expertise in the software, along with his cultural knowledge and awareness of industry trends made me feel that I was in capable hands. On par with any course from a top art school.Christine on 7/30/2018
I sure did enjoy the Graphic Design Certificate Program. Michael really knows his stuff! He has a great way of connecting to people. His expertise in the programs is matched only by his ability to convey the information in a clear and concise way. His patience abounds and I never felt rushed or behind!Deanna on 7/24/2018
The level of education combined with the reasonable tuition and flexible schedule, is unlike any other program I've come across. For those like me, it's just too difficult to think about going back to school even part-time. I love what you guys do at BDA!Stephanie on 5/16/2016
I thoroughly enjoyed the overall class. The program, teacher, and BDA went well above my expectations. The class was so engaging, interesting and very comfortable. It was exciting to be in an environment with an incredible teacher as well as other students that not only help with what you are learning, but also motivate you.Laura on 2/15/2016
"The program, teacher, and BDA went well above my expectations. The class was so engaging, interesting and very comfortable. It was exciting to be in an environment with an incredible teacher as well as other students that not only help with what you are learning, but also motivate you."Laura on 2/15/2016
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Optional Payment Plan for Certificate Programs:

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our Certificate Programs. For classes that are $400 - $998, each of the two payments is simply 50% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. For classes that are $999+, each of the four payments is simply 25% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. BDA membership is required to obtain a payment plan. Click here to learn about membership. The first payment will be taken at the time of registration and the remaining payments are paid once a month for the following three months. Details the payment amounts for this particular program are listed in the table below.

It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend (info@boulderdigitalarts.com) and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.

 

Payment Program Details

  Payment Amount
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
$274.75
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
$274.75
Payment 3
Due two months after registration.
$274.75
Payment 4
Due three months after registration.
$274.75
Note: you must be a BDA member to take advantage of our payment plans. Registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for any early registration discounts and always pay the standard registration fee ($1,099.00).
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