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Graphic Design

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Wednesday, Jan 29 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-WEB-2792 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Learn how to use social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, to effectively enhance or create your online brand and image. Tania Picard has worked with many individuals and businesses to develop an online presence. She will share her expertise and help you gain an in-depth perspective on how to use social media to tell your brand's story -- strategically increasing your following. Learn which tools come highly recommended to manage your posts, and how to use them. You will gain an understanding of how to set up and use website analytics to measure social media success and understand followers' internet patterns. Note: Students should plan to bring their laptops.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E


Instructor
  • Name: Tania Picard (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-DFOU-2532
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

The most popular vector graphics editor, Adobe Illustrator is essential when creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability -- allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Since the workflow is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course you'll create illustrations and freeform sketches as you explore how this program makes it possible to acquire, trace and alter scanned images. You'll "learn by making" with in-class exercises and projects completed as homework. We'll discuss saving and output options, connecting the learning to the larger world of illustration, print, product and interactive design.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, NS-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Feb 28 - Apr 3 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-DFOU-2533
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Unleashing the power of bitmap editing involves working with non-linear and non-destructive methods as much as possible. This course presents that workflow using Adobe Photoshop. Lesson topics include layer masks and effects, smart objects, adjustment layers, clipping masks and reverse editing methods to create the most subtle and professional edits to files -- a necessity in the fields of photography, graphic design, illustration and web design. Complete color modification, damage repair, digital make-up techniques, and complex graphic compositing are among the exercises that come together in a final project that demonstrates competency with Adobe Photoshop.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E, NS-R, PG-R, PM-E, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-DFOU-2535
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Building on the Adobe Photoshop course, this course focuses on more advanced aspects of this industry-standard image editing software through projects that explore vector-based clipping masks for crisp edged transparency for print, gradient masks for smooth layer transitions utilized in all sophisticated editing techniques, and "Actions" for building automated processes. These multilayered subtractive processes serve to separate the Photoshop professionals from the hobbyists, and give the user pixel-perfect control of their image-editing environment.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-E, PM-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - Apr 2 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRNT-0791
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CS-PRNT-0791-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Feb 24 - May 18 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/13
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRNT-2531
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Graphic designers must have a fundamental understanding of the basic structures and organizing systems that lie beneath all examples of the print designer's craft. Grids and modules are discussed as the primary device for originating compelling design solutions that acknowledge the core rules of proportion, rhythm, pacing and sequence. Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are among the digital tools used to define these unifying structures that are often (but not always) invisible. The class builds upon a foundation of weekly exercises as students develop a solid understanding of the practical considerations involved in the planning and delivery of a conclusive graphic design project.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - Apr 2 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRNT-2537
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Prepress technology is critical to graphic designers, who are required to prepare digital files for translation onto the press. In this course, students learn how to produce print-ready electronic files while learning various aspects of prepress. Topics covered include color naming, bleeds, image resolution, color correction, preflighting, proofing methods, and on-screen versus CMYK or spot color usage. Students are also introduced to Adobe Acrobat with a focus on creating industry-standard high-resolution pdfs, and get to visit a high-end printing firm to learn firsthand how to preflight files, how to read a proof, and what to look for on a press check. By the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of what exactly the designer's obligation is to the prepress vendor.

Applies to: GR-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Wayne Vieira (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRNT-2589
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

This course offers students who wish to enter the field of graphic design the opportunity to synthesize a wide variety of approaches, tools and concepts related to the discipline while developing samples of work for a portfolio. Whether refining an existing piece of work or creating something new, students receive guidance in choosing their strongest creative and visual solutions, and in compiling a group of samples that best represents them and their work. While targeting a future client or potential employer, students develop a creative strategy for presenting themselves and their ideas in a way that gets them noticed and achieves the results they are seeking. Certificate students: Your instructor will schedule a final portfolio review date, independent of the scheduled class dates.

Special Schedule: Class meets over the course of the 12-week term, with meetings established by the instructor at the beginning of the term. Students also work independently between class meetings.

Applies to: GR-R

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Graphic Design certificate program.


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRNT-4143
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of typography -- including theory, practice, technology and history -- so that students can use it to their full advantage. Making crucial design decisions while gaining fluency with Adobe InDesign, students explore designing with type while composing single- and multipage documents, laying out page systems effectively, and using type styles to influence expression and communication. Topics include conceptual development, reinforcement of meaning, analysis of letterforms, typographic measurement, typeface classification, typesetting, using grid systems, establishing hierarchies for organizational clarity, and assessing document legibility. Hands-on class and homework assignments provide students with the skills and conceptual understanding that serve as a foundation for graphic design practice.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E

Prerequisite: Graphic Form


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)