Course Code: GES516
Learn how to communicate effectively with a current or prospective client. Understand your needs and questions to ask before embarking on a new project, including what is the client trying to promote and who is the target audience?
Begin learning the basics of design. This section of the course will cover how to effectively create a logo, submit proofs, and collaborate with a client. Next, understand design, layout, and color fundamentals. Learn how to define the project’s style and tone, create an effective layout, and how to choose the right colors.
Explore the role of type in graphic design. Begin to be able to identify font characters and choose the right font for headings and body text. Lastly, you’ll work with creating and placing blocks of text.
Dive into the world of Photoshop. Build a foundation of knowledge regarding opening photos, resizing and cropping images, using retouching tools, creating a composite image, and adjusting tone, color, and contrast.
Put your new skills to use by creating design campaigns for different mediums, including brochures, print advertising, web marketing, and email advertising.
Complete the course by creating a complete marketing package. As the class concludes, you’ll learn about production methods, website options, and how to create camera-ready art for print.
Laurie Ulrich Fuller has been practicing for more than 20 years. She received an education in the arts, and has been a professional graphic designer in many professional areas. She started her own company in 1992 to provide design, marketing, training, and technical documentation services to companies all over the world. Laurie is the author of several titles on Photoshop, InDesign, and general graphic design topics. These titles include The Photoshop CS3 Bible and How to Do Everything Adobe InDesign CS4. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. She was an adjunct faculty member at Temple University for more than 10 years, teaching everything from Microsoft Office to Adobe Photoshop to Web Design.
Randy Rolen has been a professional Graphic Designer for 32 years. After working as the Senior Graphic Designer in high tech companies for many years, he started his own design firm in 1993, and began to specialize in web based design, including websites and banner advertising. He has also been teaching online since 2002.
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. When you register you receive nine (9) months to complete this program.
ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment. Software is not included in this program. You must either have Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud installed before enrolling.
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
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Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
Absolutely not. The concepts of good graphic design can be learned, and any talent you may have as a designer can be enhanced, but it is not required. Learning Photoshop doesn’t require artistic ability of any kind, because you’ll find that you have levels of creativity within you that you didn’t know about, as you practice design techniques within this powerful software.
Like most things, practice makes perfect. You’ll have the basic design skills and Photoshop abilities to take on most graphic design projects, but it’s recommended that you do some pro-bono (no-charge, for needy organizations, family businesses, etc.) work before you put yourself out there as an experienced designer. Build your portfolio based on what you learn in this class and apply your experience to a few jobs before you making an official leap as a Professional Graphic Designer.
Yes, if you work hard and develop a good client list. It’s important to seek clients out, provide all the services you can to these clients, and make good connections for word-of-mouth referrals. Also, stay involved with professional organizations, chambers of commerce, or local small business networking groups. Get your name out there, and use social media to promote your services.
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.