Graphic Design with Photoshop

This course will provide you with robust instructions on how to use Adobe Photoshop as a tool to create engaging and effective visuals. Using principles, theories, and time-tested practices of graphic design, you will discover strategies for producing images that convey desired messages, styles, and tones.

You will practice with real-world examples, challenges, and thought-provoking assignments and learn how to determine a client's needs, create work to meet those needs, and assemble your work in an online portfolio to enter the industry. The course's combination of creative, technical, and soft skills will offer you a well-rounded and challenging learning experience.

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9 Months / 130 Course Hrs
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES516

What you will learn

  • Master the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic design and typography principles
  • Define common graphic design terms
  • Use the design process to work effectively with clients
  • Develop a personal brand and incorporate social media
  • Produce a portfolio using a variety of graphic design techniques

How you will benefit

  • Prepare yourself for an entry-level career in graphic design
  • Create a comprehensive electronic portfolio that can be shown to potential employers or clients
  • Master an understanding of the tools and communication habits used by successful graphic designers
  • Learn how to create visuals that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but convey a strong message

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 130 course hours
  1. Jumping into Photoshop
  2. Understanding Graphic Design Fundamentals
  3. Basic Photo Editing
  4. Selections, Painting, and Using Brushes
  5. Typography
  6. Layers
  7. Tourism Project
  8. Masking and Advanced Compositing
  9. Using Your Skills Professionally
  10. Building a Portfolio
  11. Final Exam

Laurie Ulrich has been writing about and teaching people to use Microsoft Office for more than 20 years—including personally training thousands of students, writing hundreds of training manuals, and authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books on subjects including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. Her books include 2000-page epics that document every button, bell, and whistle, as well as friendlier introductory and troubleshooting books for new users. Her most recent publication on Microsoft Access is Access 2016 for Dummies. In addition to writing and teaching, Laurie runs her own firm, Limehat & Company, providing training, marketing, graphic design, and web development services to clients throughout the world, with a focus on helping growing companies and non-profit organizations build their brand through effective promotions, outreach, and education.

Prerequisites:

This program is designed to prepare you for a career in graphic design. Previous experience with Photoshop is not necessary. You will need an internet connection, be familiar with using the internet, have emailing capabilities, and be familiar navigating folders as well as naming and saving files to your computer.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. A Chromebook is not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or newer.
  • Mac: OS Mojave (10.14) or later (Catalina – version 10.15, Big Sur – version 11)
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word or an equivalent word-processing program, such as Google Docs or Apple Pages.
  • Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • The Elements of Graphic Design, by Alex W. White
  • Typographic Design: Form and Communication, by Carter, R., Maxa, S., Sanders, M., Meggs, P.B., & Day, B.

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No.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. 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. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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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.