Be a future-focused creative professional. Today's graphic, Web, and interactive designers must be adaptable and remain up-to-date in the evolving world of technology and visual culture. Graphic design courses develop foundational design skills (concept, type, layout, color) and provide training in industry-standard software. Tailored instruction enables both beginning and advanced students to make progress in these courses.
In this introduction to visual communication concepts and tools, you learn the fundamentals of typography, graphic design, and layout, as well as digital skills. Taught by two instructors, the class includes basic design and type exercises using Photoshop
and Illustrator. Develop the essential design skills you need to produce graphics for print, advertising, corporate identity, and other media.
Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations. Online students must have
access to a scanner. There are no prerequisites.
Learn design fundamentals and concept development as they relate to typography, composition, and color. Discover what makes the difference between ordinary images and powerful, effective graphics. Strengthen your design communication skills and develop
your style and vision as you transform your concepts into finished designs. Online students will need access to a scanner.
This course is for the design student who needs a comprehensive and intensive introduction to Illustrator. Learn to draw, delineate, and design electronically with this standard vector-based illustration and graphic design program. Create curves, lines,
and shapes to make objects that can be colored, manipulated, moved, duplicated, scaled, and rotated, generating smooth-lined, clean, scalable graphics or artwork for both print and the Web. Use this course to make Illustrator an integral part of your
digital graphics tool kit. Prerequisite: Mac Basics or PC Basics. Some exposure to Illustrator or Adobe products is desirable.
Acquire a working knowledge of this industry-standard software used for print, webpages, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography. Explore scanning and color correction, tools and layers for image
compositing, elemental retouching, and type treatments. Prerequisite: Mac Basics, Photoshop Basics, or the equivalent. Online students must have Photoshop CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform).
This course covers the history of graphic design from the mid-19th century through the digital revolution. Influential movements are examined, including Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Dada, Constructivism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik, DIY Punk, and
today’s digital landscape. Students explore the evolution of the discipline from typesetting to lithography to digital design and investigate the relationship of the graphic design discipline to propaganda, advertising, branding, personal expression,
and social change.
An in-depth understanding of typographic
concepts and methods is essential for effective visual communication.
Students examine the evolution of the alphabet and the history and
basics of typographic style (with an emphasis on 20th-century type
design and application).
Projects help students understand the difference between legibility and
readability and develop a discerning eye and the ability to create
effective and expressive type designs. The impact of technology on type
design and the work of typographic innovators are discussed. Online
sections require access to a scanner.
In this course, we explore the potential of
InDesign as a design tool. InDesign is the industry-standard program for
professional page layout. The focus of the class is on using the
features of InDesign to develop design skills.
There is an emphasis on typography. Discussions include design
critiques, in which students learn how to analyze design and how to give
and receive constructive criticism. Prerequisite: familiarity with the
Mac operating system; some exposure to Illustrator or Adobe products
is desirable. CS Adobe InDesign will be used in the course. Online
students must have InDesign CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform).
Want to go further?
Explore the AAS degree program in Graphic Design at Parsons.
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Design Thinking Info Session Friday, June 15, 2018, 4:00–6:00 p.m. Parsons Paris 45, Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France
Open Campus Expo and Networking Night Thursday, August 9, 2018, 6:30–8:30 p.m. University Center 63 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003
Parsons at Open Campus Info Session + Panel Discussion Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 6:00–7:30 p.m. University Center 63 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003