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Curriculum for our online Graphic Design program

Selecting colors, advising on type, retouching imagery. There are many aspects to consider in graphic design—many of them extremely technical and detail-oriented. That's why our online Graphic Design program covers a wide range of typical graphic designer responsibilities, helping you prepare for the demands of any professional setting.

Curriculum Lessons

Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth 

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Concepts in Business and Self-Employment 

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.

Lesson 3: Defining the Language of Design 

Design as a visual language; how the primary design principles of unity, variety, hierarchy, dominance, proportion, and balance can affect the whole design; the ways in which the supporting principles of scale, emphasis, rhythm, movement, repetition, and proximity can affect a design composition; the relationship between primary and supporting principles; using shape, space, line, size, color, texture, and typography.

Lesson 4: Typography in Design 

Typographic terms; the historical evolution of typography and its relation to technology; how to select appropriate typefaces for use in different situations; the ways in which type can communicate beyond its literal meaning; how typography can be used to improve legibility; sources of type.

Lesson 5: Imagery in Design 

Why different types of imagery are appropriate for some communication situations and not for others; the differences among logos, symbols, representational imagery, and informational imagery; how a company or organization develops logos and graphic systems; the thought processes that drive the creation of wayfinding systems; different ways in which information graphics can be used to visually display data and statistical information; where to source images; how to customize, edit, and optimize images; important concepts related to copyright and fair use.

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Program Description

Students will discover the fundamentals of graphic design by learning the key elements and principles of design and applying them to print and Internet design projects. They will learn to use the most popular graphics software from the Adobe Creative Cloud®—Photoshop®, Illustrator®, InDesign®, Muse®, and Edge Animate®—as well as WordPress, a popular Internet blogging tool.

Students will learn how to manage the design process and their clients, and they will create a design portfolio that showcases samples of their graphic design work.

Program Objectives

After completing the Graphic Design program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of graphic design and describe the characteristics of successful graphic designers.
  2. Identify and describe the key elements and key principles of design and implement both accurately and thoughtfully in graphic design projects.
  3. Utilize industry-standard software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Edge Animate, and WordPress to create and optimize documents, publications, and webpages.
  4. Select images and composite media presentations that are appropriate for the audience and technology, based on the target market and delivery medium.
  5. Develop a portfolio of personal graphic design samples and explain how to confidently incorporate this portfolio as a key element of the interview process with potential employers.

Move your career ahead

Learning graphic design online is your first step toward your professional goals—but it's not the only step. As an Ashworth College student, you'll be able to make the most of our many Career Tools. That includes resume writing sessions and one-on-one interview training with our expert advisors.

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