California Institute of the Arts
Graphic Design Specialization
California Institute of the Arts

Graphic Design Specialization

Make Compelling Design. Learn and apply the principles of graphic design towards a comprehensive branding project.

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Anther Kiley
Michael Worthington
Gail Swanlund

Instructors: Anther Kiley

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Specialization - 5 course series

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Beginner level
No prior experience required
2 months at 10 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Gain the fundamental skills needed to be a graphic designer

  • Communicate through image-making and typography

  • Complete a capstone project to add to your professional portfolio

  • Learn everything you need to know to work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design

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4.7

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Beginner level
No prior experience required
2 months at 10 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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Specialization - 5 course series

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Course 115 hours4.8 (17,195 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Implement the fundamentals of color: visual, rhythm, and pattern in design

  • Use scale, weight, direction, texture, and space in a composition

  • Typeset text and experiment with letter forms

  • Create your own series of images using different image making techniques

Skills you'll gain

Category: Adobe Photoshop
Category: Adobe Indesign
Category: Graphics
Category: Color Theory

Introduction to Typography

Course 28 hours4.8 (5,598 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Review the terminology and measuring system used to describe type

  • Explore how typefaces tell stories and understand the historic evolution

  • Conduct a peer-reviewed typesetting exercise

  • Design of a full-scale typographic poster

Skills you'll gain

Category: Adobe Illustrator
Category: Adobe Indesign
Category: History
Category: Creativity
Category: Graphics

Introduction to Imagemaking

Course 311 hours4.5 (2,839 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Make informed design choices using image-based research

  • Create ranges of representation using images

  • Compose spreads for your own book

  • Design a book with your own images

Skills you'll gain

Category: Art History
Category: History
Category: Graphic Arts
Category: Graphic Design

Ideas from the History of Graphic Design

Course 410 hours4.7 (2,452 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Learn about the history of graphic design

  • Understand the emergence of design as a recognized practice

  • Learn about graphic design radicalism in late 1950s to early 1970s

  • Make informed design choices

Skills you'll gain

Category: Adobe Indesign
Category: Art
Category: Creativity
Category: Graphics

Brand New Brand

Course 524 hours4.9 (1,211 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Synthesize typography, imagemaking, composition and systematic thinking skills through ideation, invention, and conceptualization

  • Demonstrate visual research and development skills through the creation of a Brand Development Guide

  • Expand a brand identity's palette through the inclusion of graphic marks or icons, color, secondary typefaces, and/or images

Skills you'll gain

Category: Creativity
Category: Graphics
Category: Design Theory
Category: Color Theory

Instructors

Anther Kiley
1 Course168,595 learners
Michael Worthington
8 Courses1,035,904 learners

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