March 2017 Promotion

Typography Studio

An understanding of typography is essential for any designer or artist who works with letterforms. In graphic design, typeface choices and layout are as important as color and composition to the overall message. In hand lettering, a mastery of type can add flair to any project.

In this 12-week online course, you can develop a foundation in typography for your art or design career or creative pursuits. In this course, you will learn the ins-and-outs of Adobe Illustrator, the tool designers use for typography layout. You will study how to design with typography, learning to recognize the features of type and use it for expression and communication.

You can choose an final elective course for your workshop: either our Watercolor course (watercolor is fast becoming a popular medium for hand lettering) or a course in Design Composition.

Course Descriptions

4226 Illustrator Basics

Build a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, the graphic designer’s vector program of choice. Course projects explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool, transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Tapping the power of vector software allows you to produce detailed and scalable art for almost any application.

4221 Fundamentals of Typography

Explore the critical role of typography in graphic design. Course projects build an understanding of the anatomy of the letterform, the distinguishing features of different typefaces, and creative applications of type. An assured grasp of typography is essential in any visual communication project.

4302 Advanced Typography

Typography, technology, and culture are intertwined. Type has the power to communicate meaning and mood through its quirks and beauty, its history and diversity. In this advanced online typography course, you’ll learn advanced concepts in typography, building your portfolio through hands-on projects. You’ll experiment with type fusion, learn the details of text layout and information hierarchy, create a visual identity for product package and a civic authority, and even design your own currency.

4702 Watercolor

Watercolor has a rich tradition dating back centuries, and is still enjoyed by today’s artists for its unique color effects and wide range of techniques. In this intensive online watercolor course, you’ll explore traditional techniques including various washes, glazes, scumbles, resists, and more, getting feedback from a professional artist to help you hone your skills and perfect each project. The class involves creating a series of complete watercolor paintings.


4020 Design and Composition

Discover the principles of effective composition in print design and advertising. Composition, literally the assembly of elements, is the artful arrangement that guides the eye and unifies a design work. Case studies and hands-on projects address closed/open space, negative space, movement, and more.

Course Prerequisites

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription or Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Basic art supplies (Watercolor course).
  • A basic familiarity in Adobe Photoshop is recommended for this program.

To enroll or find out more, contact or chat live with an Admissions Advisor. This promotional course package was developed in association with Dawn Nicole Warnaar.