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CSPD 209: Graphic Identity $430.00

Course Description

Creating an identity for a company is more than designing a logo in black and white and color. Developing a successful corporate identity and applying it to our current culture of consumption and need for instant gratification is harder than ever before. A company's image must be engaging and constantly break through a lot of noise and elevate it’s messaging into an entirely cohesive experience. Strong marketing campaigns cross over from print, to digital, to environmental and back again. Developing a company’s image requires a deep knowledge of your audience and competition, the market in general, tactics, psychology, awareness, intuition, flexibility, and courage. This course will push you to break boundaries to create impactful, meaningful work that resonates. Prerequisite: Basic InDesign / Photoshop experience

CSPD 300: Photoshop I $645.00

Course Description

This class is designed to teach the basic skills needed for using Photoshop. Students will be introduced to the function and basic control of Photoshop’s versatile toolbox. Hands-on assignments will be given in class. No Photoshop experience needed to attend this class. Students are required to bring a USB or Flash drive to class. Prerequisite: basic computer experience Note: No class on Tuesday July 4.

NCPD 112: Creative Marketplace: If I Make It, Will They Come? $75.00

Course Description

In today’s booming enterprise economy and tech-savvy environment, businesses are popping up everywhere. However, not all will survive and it is often due to lack of market research. This course will lead students through crucial questions to ask when considering whether to start a business and how to find the answers to determine if there is even a viable product or service before making the leap. Students will be introduced to tools and practices that explore how to research for market viability; develop a value proposition for a product or service; determine customer segments; and understand entities and how to register a business.

NCPD 209: Introduction to Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign $200.00

Course Description

This introductory seminar exposes students to the three applications widely used by professionals today in Photography, Illustration, Graphic design, Technical drawing, Animation and Motion Graphics. Various kinds of artists can take this seminar to better understand the best practices for: basic preferences, color settings, printing, digital output and simple tips helpful in using the Creative Suite. This course is an overview of the capabilities of the software and requires no prior use. Prerequisite: basic computer experience Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.

NCPD 215: InDesign for Print $170.00

Course Description

This introductory seminar examines the capabilities of this popular document and design program, covering how to create designs for print. Students will create brochures, business cards, and traditional promotional materials. Print production and specs for the Printing Industry will be also covered. Students will learn through lecture, assignments in class with critique and homework. Prerequisite: basic computer experience and typing skills Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.

NCPD 216: InDesign for Web $170.00

Course Description

This seminar will focus on using InDesign to specifically create interactive documents. Creation of documents such as mobile ads, PDFs, emails and forms for tablet and screen will be explored. This course is perfect for those who are familiar with using InDesign for print and would like to further explore it’s capabilities for the digital space. Students will learn through lecture, assignments in class with critique and homework. Prerequisite: basic computer experience and typing skills Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class.

NCPD 217: Introduction to UX $95.00

Course Description

This class offers an introduction to the principles of user experience (UX) vital in today’s tech-focused marketplace. Students learn the basics of creating prototypes, wireframes and mockups, as well as basics of job estimation, resource allocation and project management. These two days are a sneak peek for newcomers into the dynamic nature of UX design today. All levels welcome.

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