Northern School of Animation

Graphic Design Course

At the Northern School of Animation, our Graphic Design course empowers students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the dynamic field of visual communication. Through a combination of theory and hands-on practice, students will learn to create compelling designs that effectively communicate messages, solve problems, and engage audiences across various media platforms.

Course Curriculum:

1. Introduction to Graphic Design

  • Overview of the principles and elements of design.
  • Understanding typography, color theory, and layout composition.
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives on graphic design.

2. Digital Tools for Graphic Design

  • Introduction to industry-standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Hands-on training in digital illustration, photo editing, and page layout.
  • Workflow techniques for efficient design production.

3. Typography and Layout Design

  • Fundamentals of typography: typefaces, fonts, and hierarchy.
  • Principles of grid systems and layout design.
  • Designing for print and digital media: posters, brochures, magazines, websites, etc.

4. Brand Identity and Logo Design

  • Understanding branding principles and brand identity systems.
  • Logo design process: concept development, sketching, refinement.
  • Creating cohesive visual identities for brands and organizations.

5. Illustration and Image Manipulation

  • Digital illustration techniques using vector and raster graphics.
  • Image manipulation and compositing for visual storytelling.
  • Incorporating hand-drawn elements into digital designs.

6. Portfolio Development

  • Building a professional portfolio showcasing a range of graphic design projects.
  • Presentation skills: effectively presenting and discussing design work.
  • Strategies for self-promotion and networking in the graphic design industry.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of the Graphic Design course at the Northern School of Animation are prepared for a variety of exciting career opportunities, including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Branding Consultant
  • Web Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Packaging Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer

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