Ever wondered if you could really learn graphic design online? Of course, you can. Because design is more than what meets the eye.
Everything about Shaw Academy’ graphic design courses prepares you for a career as a professional graphic designer. It offers access to this exciting world of design where you learn of current trends and fundamental skills you need to pursue a career.
In spite of being an online graphic design student, you work with the best creative minds in the industry. With hand-on training and real-world design experience, you quickly become a part of a vibrant creative community.
Let your busy schedule not get in the way of earning graphic design certificate. Learn in your own time and convenience, in the classroom of your choice. With such dynamic and engaging content, it will not take you long to immerse yourself in the curriculum.
With Shaw Academy’s online graphic design courses, get ready to be inspired.
Module I - Introduction
8 Interactive Lessons
Weekly Assignments + Fun Quizzes
If you miss a lesson, you can always view the recordings later.
### Lesson 1 - Overview of Graphic Design
Kickstart your course with getting an overview of the graphic design space. Get familiar with the idea of concepts, ideas and thoughts, an understanding of visual relationships that can help you communicate a direct and coherent message. Work your way through the holy trinity of graphic design applications - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign.
### Lesson 2 - Learning the Elements and Principles of Design
In your second graphic design class, you will get the opportunity to get acquainted with developing a ‘Designer’s Eye’. The key is to understand the building blocks of design. You know more about the principles and elements of design including composition, organic and geometric form, colour, craft usage to create visual impact with clarity whilst adding structure to your designs.
### Lesson 3 - Introduction to Colour Theory & Photoshop
Photoshop is an Adobe product that has made immense contribution to the creative community. It initiated the concept of affordable editing at a professional standard for designers and photographers, minus the use of additional equipment. In this graphic design course, you will learn to work on this software, building a solid foundation for a progressive design career.
### Lesson 4 - Advance Photoshop for Designers
### Lesson 5 - Start Working on Typography & Adobe Illustrator
Typography is the central element of any design that piques interest in the visual and highlights the communication. Through a series of visual exercises, you learn how hierarchy, composition, image, motion and sound can communicate a message. Know more on how to use Typography with Adobe Illustrator to add more depth to your designs.
### Lesson 6 - Create Logos with Adobe Illustrator
As you move on to lesson six of your online graphic design courses you learn the basics of creating a logo design – the very element that encapsulates the essence of a brand. Get familiar with industry best practices of logo design and know more of the roadblocks of integrating client’s ideologies with your creative nectar into a single graphic. All of you need to do is to master Adobe Illustrator.
### Lesson 7 - Designing for the Web
Web page design is a different game altogether. User behaviour is the key that drives designs incorporating basic patterns of visitor – website interactions. Lesson seven will largely deliver on the principles of web design to create site layouts that are professional, productive and effective.
### Lesson 8 - Summary of Print & Pre-Press Basics and InDesign
As you learn graphic design and are near completion, you finish off with getting introduced to the fundamentals areas of design is print work. Get to know the terminology and how to create a print design in Adobe InDesign software from scratch.
Module II - Advanced Theory Module
### Week 1: Advanced Colour Theory
Colour in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in a person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else. Colour theory is a science and learning concepts like Chroma, Value and Saturation is key to creating your own colour schemes, which we will be creating from scratch. This is essential for your personal design projects.
### Week 2: Photoshop Essentials
### Week 3: Photoshop Filters & Blend Modes
### Week 4: Logo Design Principles
During this lesson you will discover the best principles of logo design, and the “what not to do”, to make sure you avoid those easily made mistakes. This Lesson will then discuss what makes a logo work before moving on to the principals contained in Gestalt theory.
Module III - Professional Creation Module
### Week 1: Infographics
Infographics are visual representations of data and information. They are intended to help convey information faster, as the mind processes images faster than words. We will be discussing the best practices when designing infographics before approaching our own infographic creation in Adobe Illustrator.
### Week 2: Grid Theory
Whether you work in digital or print, you need to understand grid theory. Grids are like the invisible glue that holds a design together. So whatever area of design you are interested in, we’ll help you gain a solid understanding of the terminology, practice and purpose of the grid.
### Week 3: Portfolio Creation
During this lesson, we will discuss tips for portfolio creation that will help guide you towards that next step in your career. During our hands on practical webinar, we will try a variety of different layout types so you, as a creative individual, can tweak them to your own standards, inviting your own creative portfolio.
### Week 4: Creative Resume
A creative CV/Résumé will help you stand out, get you the interview and secure the job, along with the portfolio of course. We will look at the best practices for creative résumés and will touch on some of the best creative techniques used during the design.
Module IV - Career Module
### Week 1: Branding & Packaging
### Week 2: Advanced Typography
Typography is an art form of its own. Understanding typography and its power is a great asset to any designer. Creating your own custom fonts is an advantage every graphic designer should possess. We will look at custom fonts and how to edit already existing fonts to help your designs pop.
### Week 3: Idea Generation & Development
This lesson will solely focus on the process of idea generation and how to go from a simple brief to a masterpiece of work. We will go through all the steps of idea generation in depth, allowing for creativity even in the non-creative parts of graphic design.
### Week 4: Career Advice
These lessons will be based on career advice to help you ease into the possibility of designing for either a client or for yourself. We will discuss on a step by step basis what you need to know and what you need to do to become a freelance graphic designer.