California Institute of the Arts

Make compelling design

Delivered online

California Institute of the Arts
Enrolment Date(s):
17th April 2017
20 weeks

Course description

Graphic design is all around us, in a myriad of forms, both on screen and in print, yet it is always made up of images and words to create a communication goal. This four-course sequence exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. The sequence is completed by a capstone project that applies the skills of each course and peer feedback in a finished branding project suitable for a professional portfolio.

The goal of this specialization is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the field of graphic design. This core skill set will equip learners for formal studies in graphic design, and a starting point for further work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.

Entry requirements

To complete the assignments in most of the courses in this Specialization you will need access to a computer. It’s the tool where most graphic design ends up in one way or another. Access to, and a beginner’s level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as In Design, Illustrator or Photoshop will be needed to complete some assignments. For some courses you will also need some art materials as well.

Specific information on tools and materials are outlined in the first week of each course.

Enrolment instruction

When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you will be automatically subscribed to the entire Specialization. If you are just interested in a single course, you will need to cancel your subscription after completing this course in order to stop the recurring monthly charge.