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Online Art, Design, Illustration, Photography, and Digital Media Courses

Sessions College offers an exciting range of online courses in graphic design, web design, digital media, illustration, fine arts, photography, and more, on a scheduled or self-paced basis.

Tuition and start dates vary depending on whether the course is degree or vocational level. Ask an Admissions Advisor about taking a course as part of a degree or certificate program.

Take advantage of weekly exercises, discussions, and critiques, as you earn college credit in our degree courses. Get feedback on your creative work from a faculty of expert instructors as you build a portfolio of creative work. Classes start January, April and August, and credits earned may transfer into our Undergraduate Certificate, Associate Degree, and BFA programs.

ADV 201: Advertising Design I – 3 credits

Ready to put on your Madison Advenue shoes? In this online advertising course, you'll learn the principles of the advertising design from both a creative and a business perspective. Case studies from print, Web, and TV showcase advertising concepts at work: persuasion, color psychology and composition, copywriting and typography, and brand communication. Class projects include ads for newspapers, magazines, subways, and transit/outdoor applications, and a final project in which you create an entire ad campaign.

ADV 202: Advertising Design II – 3 credits

Now you are ready to learn how to manage advertising campaigns at a higher level. You are ready to develop campaign concepts working from market research. In this online advanced advertising course, you will learn how to develop multiple creative concepts and present them to clients. Working with a client's marketing plan, you will study how to move your campaign ideas forward, and develop creative concepts and samples for a broad, multimedia campaign.

ADV 204: Advertising Account Management – 1.5 credits

Dealing with advertising clients is a business. Do you understand how ads are sold and evaluated? In this online advertising management course, you will discover how ad campaigns are typically managed in ad agencies, learning about the different stages in a campaign and the responsibilities of different stakeholders involved, from copywriters to designers, creative directors, and account managers.

ADV 205: Marketing Design – 3 credits

Marketing designers have a daunting task: communicate with visuals and text in a way that entices consumers. Large corporations, small businesses, and non-profits alike require effective marketing design to promote their products and services. In this online marketing course, you'll make design decisions through research, writing, and planning techniques that set marketing designers (and their clients) apart from the competition. Each course lecture features real-life case studies as well as industry best practices for concept development, branding extensions, image-building, presentation, and even non-traditional marketing.

ADV 206: Copywriting – 3 credits

Every ad designer must grasp the basics of persuasive copywriting. In this online copywriting course, students will study how text and images interact in effective ad campaigns, learning how to write and edit ad copy for print and digital advertising media and turn written ideas into visual expression. Working with a professional writer and editor, you'll hone your copywriting skills on realistic projects.

ADV 207: Creative Concept Development – 3 credits

In advertising, illustration, and design, you need to be able generate many ideas for your clients and projects. You can have all the skills in the world, but unless you can develop creative concepts, your products and content will get lost in the sea of what's out there. This online creativity course provides you a training in identifying the needs of each projects, brainstorming solutions, challenging your assumptions, and testing/evaluating your ideas until you have a winner.

ADV 259: Advertising Design Capstone Project – 2 credits

The advertising design capstone project provides students the opportunity to complete a multidimensional ad design project in three stages, working closely with a faculty member. The project will challenge students to demonstrate their proficiency in key aspects of the Advertising Design program. The project will require research, concept development, and critical thinking, providing students with the opportunity to explore a professional, iterative process as well as experience simulated client interactions.

DEG 260: Portfolio Review – 1 credit

Students participate in portfolio review at the end of their degree programs. The course provides students the opportunity to gather and develop a portfolio of work and present it to faculty and classmates for feedback. Students will learn to recognize strengths and weaknesses in their work, and feedback will help students identify specific works or subject areas that need improvement.

DES 101: Typography I – 1.5 credits

Typography is what sets designers apart from other artists. In visual communication, typography must be integrated (every last loop, bowl, and descender) into a total design. In this online basic typography course, you'll explore the anatomy of the letterform. Working with a design pro, you'll learn how to classify typefaces and use them creatively. Understanding the fundamentals of typography will give your work power, eloquence, and beauty.

DES 102: Typography II – 3 credits

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.

DES 105: Color Theory – 1.5 credits

Color is an essential tool for any designer. Though each color has its own specific hue and value, the expression and perception of a color changes in different contexts. In this online color theory course, you'll learn how to work with color, discovering how to develop color schemes for your design projects. The course will range from fundamental color concepts and terminology to the practical application of color in typography and using color effectively on-screen.

DES 105: Design and Composition – 1.5 credits

What makes any image work, in graphic design or photography? Composition, literally the assembly or construction of elements, is the artful arrangement that guides the viewer's eye and unifies your work. In this online 2D design course, you'll develop your compositional skills by analyzing everything from Grand Masters to Madison Avenue ads to tubes of toothpaste. Through a series of artistic projects, you'll learn the principles of effective composition.

DES 111: Drawing I – 3 credits

Many people are afraid to draw, but the truth is that drawing is not as hard as it seems. If you can relax, get your mind around the task, and begin to understand what you see, you can draw. In this online drawing course, you'll learn how to analyze what you see in the world around you and communicate it on paper. Guided by a professional artist, you will explore the critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition, building a solid foundation for all your art and design work.

DES 121: Photoshop I – 3 credits

Adobe Photoshop is the premiere image manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. You can learn to tame this creative powerhouse of a program in this online Photoshop course. Working with a design pro, you’ll learn the best techniques for common Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects.

DES 131: Logo Design I – 1.5 credits

Logos are the front line—the identity of a company. They are ubiquitous, and they are vital. In this introductory online logo design course, you'll learn how to design logos that will strengthen the visual image of your own or your client's company. Working with a design pro, you'll explore the development of logos through a series of case studies. Each exercise combines a written, conceptual component with hands-on projects for creating an effective logo.

DES 141: Illustrator I – 3 credits

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful and versatile tool for creating illustrations, logos, and graphics for print and the web. You can learn to produce detailed and scalable art in this online Illustrator course. Working with an expert instructor, you'll build a strong foundation, exploring shape tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool (a lesson unto itself) as well as transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Hands-on illustration projects include creating a robot, a series of album covers, a marketing postcard, an advertisement vehicle wrap, and a company logo.

DES 151: Digital Photography I – 3 credits

In this course, you'll build a foundation in fundamental photography techniques. You will gain control over your camera's manual settings, learning how to balance the elements in the Exposure Triangle (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture/F-Stop. You will discover how to set White Balance appropriately, create depth of field, and capture motion. We will explore composition concepts to help you make your photographs more interesting and effective and equip you for the types of adjustments photographers make to adjust to different lighting conditions. To give you experience in some important genres, you will gain practical experience in shooting different kinds of portrait photographs and sports/motion photographs.

DES 201: InDesign I – 3 credits

Layout designers today need the skills to move seamlessly between print and digital projects. Luckily, Adobe InDesign can handle it all. In this online InDesign course, you’ll explore a host of essential InDesign techniques and focus on developing efficient workflows. The course will impart a working knowledge of InDesign's main capabilities, everything from basic features to using master pages, importing and manipulating objects, controlling text flow and style, and organizing content with tables, layers, links, and conveyor tools. Projects give you training in a range of real world print/digital publishing projects, from brochures to catalogs, magazines to ePubs, and even an interactive folio for the iPad.

DES 204: The Study of Graphic Design – 1.5 credits

Professional designers make choices informed by the present and the past. In this online design history course, you'll explore design movements from the early 20th century through today and gain experience in research, idea-building, and production of creative concepts. Working with an experienced art director, you'll learn how to use historical knowledge and cultural awareness as a springboard for your contemporary design projects.

DES 205: Print Production – 3 credits

For a novice designer, sending a job to the printer is a mysterious (and expensive) process of trial and error. To manage a print job effectively, you must understand how print shops work, how to communicate with them, and how to identify the best design solution for your budget. In this online print production course, you can learn the fundamentals of producing professional-looking print publications. Working with an expert instructor, you'll learn to choose papers and Pantone inks, modify your materials and processes based on a budget, use Adobe InDesign to prepare designs for print, manage the phases of the production workflow, and most importantly produce high-quality work.

DES 206: Branding and Identity – 3 credits

Did you ever wonder how giant corporations such as CBS, BMW, and Sony establish their corporate images? And how important these company images are in promoting their respective franchises? Discover the answers in this online brand identity course. Explore through case studies the essential skills required to design logos, marketing materials, and advertising programs to establish and promote a corporate identity. You'll be designing or redesigning company identities for both existing companies and newly established businesses.

DES 207: Layout Design – 1.5 credits

Whether it's a magazine spread, a subway poster, or even a Web page, nothing connects or communicates like a great layout. In this advanced layout design course, you'll tackle advanced-level projects that push your design skills to the limit. Working with a design pro, you will explore creative applications for lines and shapes, learning how to use or break the rules of layout. Course projects include a 4-page magazine spread, a book jacket design, and a calendar.

DES 208: Packaging Design – 3 credits

What makes a product stand out on a crowded shelf? What makes it attract the eye—excite, inform, and appeal, motivating customers to buy? In this online packaging design course, you'll learn the art and craft of package design, studying with a seasoned pro. Working from detailed briefs, you'll design packages for a wide variety of projects, clients, and customers. Key course concepts will include seeing and designing in three dimensions, mass vs. prestige design, and new product launches. Portfolio projects range from pizza store boxes to champagne and fragrance cartons.

DES 211: Graphic Design I – 3 credits

Graphic designers today must be ready to tackle a wide range of projects from identity design to editorial design to product and packaging design. In this online graphic design course, you'll establish a firm foundation for professional design work. Gain insights from industry veterans and explore the challenges of designing posters, logos, magazine covers, book layouts, 3D designs, and brand identities. Hone your design process, as you research each project, develop concepts, work with expert instructor feedback, and begin to develop pieces for your portfolio.

DES 212: Graphic Design II – 3 credits

Graphic design is the art of visual communication, the visual representation of ideas or concepts. In this advanced graphic design course, you'll study the movements that shaped today's design world. Working with a professional designer, you'll discover how to conceptualize projects, reinvent clichés, distill complex information, and motivate your audience. Class assignments include postage design, annual report layout, poster and book design, an art poster, and a direct mail piece.

DES 222: Photoshop II – 3 credits

How well do you know Adobe Photoshop, the industry-standard imaging app? In this advanced online Photoshop course you'll transcend your current skill set with vector illustration techniques, photo-realistic painting, high-impact typography, and professional editing methods that preserve the editability of your original images. Working with a Photoshop pro, you'll build proficiency with the Pen tool, Adobe Color, Smart Objects and Filters, and more.

DES 232: Logo Design II – 3 credits

In the words of the late, great Paul Rand, logos should be like flags: universal, timeless, and durable. Do you have have the skills to create identities that endure? Find out, in this advanced online logo design course. Working with an expert instructor, you'll study important identity design concepts including corporate identity, image, branding, and repositioning. The focus will be on learning how to approach each stage of the logo design process, from concept to execution and client presentation.

DES 259: Graphic Design Capstone Project – 2 credits

The Graphic Design capstone project provides a simulation of an extended client design project. Students will take a project from concept to final presentation. Students work closely with the department head, interpreting a project brief, developing design elements, and designing a logo, brochure, and package design. The project is executed in three stages with feedback and discussion at each stage. Students are expected to discuss, present, and critique their work with a high level of professionalism, and implement research strategies that contribute to the overall finished project.

DIG 201: Digital Video Editing I – 3 credits

Digital video is an exciting field, recently described by FaceBook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a megatrend. In this online video editing course, you'll learn the art and craft of editing videos using Adobe Premier, or equivalent NLE program. Working with a pro digital artist, you'll learn time-honored concepts in editing, including shot types, story structure, scripting, editing sound, continuity editing, CODECs, adding text and graphics, compressing and expanding time, and storytelling strategies. Through a series of creative projects, you'll learn how to create polished movies for digital and social media applications.

DIG 204: Digital Video Production – 3 credits

Can you hear Sundance calling? In this online video production course, you'll learn the basics of planning and shooting videos. You'll learn how to control your video camera, execute different kinds of shots, and maintain continuity in your projects. Working with an expert instructor, you'll gain experience in shooting different kinds of videos, focusing on storytelling, production planning, and sound editing, with the ultimate goal of telling stories that move audiences. This course will empower you with the knowledge to tell compelling stories for news, corporate video, and social media.

DIG 205: Intro to Motion – 1.5 credits

How does animation actually work? In this online introductory animation course, you'll learn the 12 essential principles of animation including squash and stretch, anticipation, and exaggeration. Working with a professional animator, you'll explore how fundamental concepts in physics and motion are used to create sophisticated, convincing motion art in sequential art, video, 2D animation, and 3D animation, and more. Practical projects include stop-motion and flipbook-style animation.

DIG 207: Maya I – 3 credits

If you're looking to create video game artwork, look no further than Autodesk Maya. Maya combines powerful tools for the major areas in 3D content creation: modeling, animation, texturing, and rendering. In this online 3D modeling course, you'll unlock the mysteries of Maya. You'll develop a thorough understanding of the Maya toolset, learning how to create, edit, and refine polygon models, add textures and apply UV maps, develop basic animations, and export your artwork into a game engine.

DIG 208: After Effects I – 3 credits

Adobe After Effects is a powerful application for motion graphics and visual effects for film and video. After Effects is used for broadcast graphics, music videos, feature films, video rotoscoping, corporate presentations, and conferences. In this online After Effects course, you can study with a leading animator and learn how to use After Effects to create sophisticated motion graphics—using text and object animations, compositing videos and images, and adding audio and effects. You'll learn how to set keyframes on a timeline and work with transform properties, motion paths, masks, effects, and more.

DIG 209: Time-Based Media – 3 credits

This creative online time-based media course explores storytelling and allows students to integrate 2D animation, 3D animation, motion graphics, and video in an advanced After Effects environment. You will emerge with both a solid grasp of movie making techniques and a varied portfolio including a commercial, movie credit sequence, a dramatic short story, a visual illustration of a complex idea, a movie trailer, and an abstract tone poem. The course will explore useful techniques for research, scripting, and storyboarding with reference to film, television, and Web-based movies.

DIG 210: Animate I – 3 credits

In this course you'll get a thorough, hands-on introduction to Animate, learning how to draw and import artwork, organize it using symbols and layers, and animate it using a range of techniques from basic tweening to frame-by-frame animation. Animation techniques you'll cover will include motion tweening, scaling and rotating objects, nested animations, animating objects on a path, masks, and lip syncing. You'll also master new techniques to make your animations more fluid and realistic. By the end of the course you will have created your own animated instructional or educational video.

DIG 214: Character Animation I – 1.5 credits

Build on your basic Autodesk Maya skills in this online 3D animation Maya course. Projects include applying key animation principles to characters, using Maya's high-level animation tools to refine timing, and creating poses and personality for your character. Working with a pro animator, you'll practice animation techniques, analyze classic animation sequences, and discover trends in character animation. Refine, present, and get feedback on your animation work.

DIG 259: Digital Media Capstone Project – 2 credits

The Digital Media capstone project is a complete client experience in video and animation, from concept to the final presentation of a series of client pieces. Students work closely with the department head using a full project brief to a propose a character design, storyboard media concepts, and develop full animation and video for the client. The project is executed in three stages with feedback and discussion at each stage. Students are expected to discuss, present, and critique their work with the highest level of professionalism, and implement research strategies that contribute to the overall finished project.

GEN 104: English Composition – 3 credits

Writing is an essential skill in almost any professional career you can name. In this online english composition course, students learn to become better readers and writers. Your goal is to produce clearer, more active sentences, better structured paragraphs, and more coherent and interesting personal and analytical essays. Throughout the semester, class discussions will use the critique of images and videos on art as a stimulus for writing. Students will develop two polished essays that will be presented for peer critique.

GEN 105: Computer Technology – 3 credits

To succeed in today's digital workplace, it's imperative to understand how computers work. In this online computer technology course, you'll gain a foundation in modern computer systems. The focus is on providing a basis in the computer fundamentals that every working professional should know. Students explore the conceptual framework behind computing, learning basic programming techniques, and examining some of the social issues associated with computer technology.

GEN 106: History of Art – 3 credits

What essentials do artists and designers just need to know? In this online art history course, you'll build a foundation in art and the artists who created it. You'll explore profound themes that have concerned artists for centuries: nature, the human body, society, religion, and politics. Through engaging lectures and projects, you'll learn how to identify the mediums, materials, and techniques artists use and discuss the styles of important artists, art movements, and historical periods from antiquity through the mid-20th century.

GEN 107: General Psychology – 3 credits

An understanding of human psychology is essential for any designer. In this online psychology course, you'll build a foundation in theories of the mind. The course focuses on the biological and environmental bases for human behavior, including motivation, emotions, states of consciousness, learning, and personality. Students examine classic theories and theorists in psychology and complete research- and reflection-based projects.

GEN 204: Intro to Marketing – 1.5 credits

Today's business clients are looking for designers who can apply their creative talents in ways that enhance strategic business goals. In this online introductory Marketing Design course, you'll learn tried-and-true marketing concepts and explore how they affect the design process. You'll gain a solid grasp of the marketing process, understand key terms and concepts that every marketer uses, and pick up smart questions to ask in client meetings.

GEN 205: Business and Technical Writing – 3 credits

Effective written communication is essential in business and technical applications, such as in developing client proposals or preparing Web site content. In this online business writing course, you'll explore different types of business and technical writing for print and the Web, focusing on learning professional approaches to researching, formatting, writing, and editing documents in the workplace. With feedback from an expert instructor, you'll improve your writing and gain practice in data presentation and instructional writing.

GEN 206: Design Business – 1.5 credits

You've spent years building a portfolio brimming with beautiful work. You can have all the talent in the world, but you also need to know how to position yourself for successful career. In this online design business course, you'll learn the essentials of finding work as a creative professional, whether in a design firm, in-house art department, or freelance. You'll gain feedback from a design pro on everything from how to present your portfolio and resume, find work opportunities, and market yourself, to building a professional persona and networking with your peers.

ILL 101: Digital Illustration I – 1.5 credits

Creating illustrations in Adobe Illustrator can be fun or frustrating, depending on how you approach it. In this online basic digital illustration course, you'll discover professional illustration techniques for creating great-looking artwork using deceptively simple elements. Working with a veteran illustrator, you will be guided through every step of illustration projects that get your creative juices flowing. Creative class projects include still life illustrations, editorial art/brand logos, and character illustrations.

ILL 104: Intro to Drawing – 1.5 credits

Think drawing is a gift that has to come naturally? Drawing is a skill that can be developed with practice. In this online beginner drawing course, you'll learn how to draw with proper techniques, discovering how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space, and value. With feedback from an expert instructor, you will improve your drawing and develop a deeper understanding of any subject you are trying to capture as an artist or designer.

ILL 111: Life Drawing I – 3 credits

Life drawing is a fundamental artistic challenge. Capturing the human figure in all its infinite, intricate variations requires both a mastery of technique and a thorough understanding of the body. In this online life drawing course, you'll make your figure drawings come to life with guidance with feedback from an expert instructor. Following traditional methods, you'll learn the standard measures and proportions artists use to achieve naturalistic and expressive figure drawings. The course builds progressively from the fundamentals to the challenges of portraiture, three-dimensional form, composition, and expression.

ILL 142: Illustrator II – 3 credits

Adobe Illustrator puts any conceivable vector art objective at your fingertips. But most digital designers only scratch the surface of Illustrator. To make a splash, one must delve deeper. In this advanced online Illustrator course, you'll create photo-realistic illustrations, complex patterns, rich designs, and learn how to accelerate your efforts with helpful workflow features. Working with an expert instructor, build on your existing Illustrator skills and tackle high-end projects with depth, dimension, and wow-power.

ILL 202: Digital Illustration II – 3 credits

Digital illustration is a challenging and expressive area of graphic design. With Adobe Illustrator, you can develop your unique personal style as an artist. In this online advanced digital illustration course, you'll learn professional illustration and Adobe Illustrator techniques for communicating your creative concepts. Working with a pro designer, illustrator, you'll learn approaches for creating editorial illustrations, icons, retro poster designs, 3D illustrations, and restaurant identity designs.

ILL 204: Painting I – 3 credits

For centuries, artists have used paint to represent the physical world. Now you too can learn how to paint online. In this online painting course, you'll learn a traditional approach to oil painting or acrylic painting. Working with a professional artist, you'll study a time-honored approach to painting that enables you to capture proportion, perspective, and lighting in the world around you. You'll learn how to build a foundation with preparatory sketches and underpainting, find out how to mix your paints correctly, and gain control over value through monochromatic painting and color studies.

ILL 206: Cartooning and Sequential Art – 3 credits

The great cartoon artists know how to tell a story with one image. In this online cartooning course, you'll explore concepts for visual storytelling. Working with a veteran cartoonist, you'll discover how master cartoonists tell stories simply and effectively and apply what you learn in practical projects that help you grow your sequential art portfolio. Course topics include panel transitions, time and motion effects, character studies, speed drawing, and polishing and presenting your work to publishers.

ILL 207: Portrait Painting – 1.5 credits

Portraiture has a rich history. In this online portrait painting course, you can learn time-honored techniques for portrait painting in oil. Working with an experienced painter, you'll utilize your knowledge of anatomy, learning how to construct a painting from drawing to underpainting to final work. Along the way you'll learn essentials for lights and darks, flesh tones, and laying on color. Helpful critiques on your drawings and paintings will help you improve your techniques and build your style.

ILL 208: Watercolor – 1.5 credits

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.

ILL 209: Commercial Illustration – 3 credits

Explore business applications for your illustration work, from editorial and commercial to advertising and marketing. In this online commercial illustration course, you will explore different genres of project work, learning how contracts and copyright work and how to represent yourself professionally and effectively.

ILL 210: Technical Illustration and Infographics – 3 credits

Information design is the practice of creating visual presentations that communicate information for the purpose of instruction. In this online infographics course, you'll explore approaches and concepts in technical illustration and infographics. Working with a skilled illustrator, you'll learn methods for creating instructional illustrations that communicate clearly and effectively.

ILL 212: Life Drawing II – 1.5 credits

Life drawing is an endless, fascinating challenge for an artist. In this online advanced life drawing course, you'll learn how to observe and capture the clothed human figure and explore basic techniques for all figure drawings. Working with a trained illustrator, you'll learn essential concepts in form, structure, and motion as you address subjects that interest and engage you. Discover the seven functions of the line, constructing scenes, and incorporating color.

ILL 259: Illustration Capstone Project – 2 credits

The illustration capstone project provides students the opportunity to complete a multidimensional illustration project in three stages, working closely with a department head. A children's book publishing and promotion project will challenge students to demonstrate their proficiency in key aspects of the Illustration program. The project will require research, concept development, and critical thinking, providing students with the opportunity to explore a professional, iterative process as well as experience simulated client interactions.

PHO 105: History of Photography – 1.5 credits

When photography was "invented" in 1839, the scientific breakthrough brought forth a new way of seeing. In this online photography history course, we'll trace the development of photography from its pioneering days in the 19th century to the experimental movements of today. We'll discuss major innovations and photographers in each period, and really put into practice what we're learning. Each exercise will require you to take photos that emulate historical styles, genres, or techniques.

PHO 105: Photo Setup – 3 credits

Planning a photo shoot can be challenging as you struggle to properly prepare while keeping the artistic juices flowing. In this online photography lighting course, you'll focus on the planning and preparation that lead to the successful execution of a photo shoot. You will develop a thorough understanding of different types of lighting, both natural and artificial, and learn how to work within varied shooting conditions. Working with a photography pro, you'll explore ways to effectively stage and style photographs to achieve your desired effect.

PHO 106: Photo Retouching – 1.5 credits

Nearly every photograph can benefit from retouching, whether it's to correct subtle color problems or make major changes to the subject or background. In this online photo editing course, you'll learn how to turn good photographs into showstoppers. Using Photoshop's tools and filters, you'll learn to make seamless changes, realistically enhancing your images so that no one knows work was done. Photographers and designers will benefit from learning systematic professional routines taught in this course.

PHO 152: Digital Photography II – 3 credits

Looking to achieve better-looking results in your digital photography? To take great photographs every time requires both technical and aesthetic mastery. How and when to use your advanced camera's features? What shooting or composition techniques will get the best results on location? And once you're safely home, how will you handle image correction, retouching, compositing, and printing? Class projects include still-life, action, panoramic, candid, and location photos in addition to retouching and printing.

PHO 204: Commercial Photography I – 3 credits

Event photography is the primary source of business for most professional photographers. Capturing the important moments in a concert, wedding, or sporting event requires planning and a mastery of equipment, lighting, and location. In this course, you'll learn practical skills for managing paid event photography shoots. Working with a professional photographer, you'll learn how to approach projects professionally and deliver the client a high quality product.

PHO 205: Digital Photography with Lightroom – 3 credits

Have you ever spent more time working on a photo shoot at your desk than you did taking the pictures? If so, consider managing, developing, printing, and presenting your shots efficiently with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In this online Lightroom course, working with a photography pro, you'll learn how to collect and catalog your images with ease, use basic and advanced development and retouching tools to create stellar shots, and present your work in slideshows, on the Web, and in print.

PHO 207: Commercial Photography II – 3 credits

Are you looking to branch out and make a career as a commercial photographer? This advanced commercial photography course teaches you how to market yourself and gain new clients, shooting commercial subjects like buildings, products and food for e-commerce, advertising, and lifestyle industries. Other exciting areas of focus include portraiture photography and photojournalism.

PHO 208: Color Correction – 3 credits

Do you know how to get the best out of your digital images? As every art director knows, even the best photographs (on the best of days) can be plagued by problems such as color casts, unnatural tones, dull highlights, murky shadows, or low contrast. In this online color correction course, you'll learn systematic techniques for every aspect of Photoshop color management using Photoshop. Working with a Photoshop guru, you'll learn how to identify classic color scenarios and use both comprehensive and quick-and-dirty methods for correcting them.

PHO 214: Narrative Photography – 3 credits

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Readers and publishers expect photographers to be able to tell stories with images. In this online photojournalism course, you will explore how to utilize an editorial or narrative approach to photography. Throughout the course, you will use conceptualism in conjunction with documentary to build photo essays and other narrative projects. Studying with a respected photojournalist, you'll learn how to research, pitch, shoot, edit, and present a body of work that encompasses unifying themes.

PHO 259: Digital Photography Capstone Project – 2 credits

The digital photography capstone project provides a simulation of an extended photography project. Students will take a photography project from concept to final presentation. Students work closely with the department head, developing a client brief for a project that provides a deep exploration of an area of photography.

WEB 101: HTML and CSS I – 3 credits

In order to build a Web site today, you need to know how to code using HTML and CSS. In this online HTML/CSS course, you'll learn just how fun and creative hand coding and designing Web sites can be. Working with a professional Web designer, you'll discover how to create Web pages with HTML and control page design and layout with CSS. Working with a pro Web designer, you'll get up to speed with current Web design practices including HTML5, CSS3, semantic coding, Web fonts, and responsive design. By the end of the course, you'll have designed several Web sites, including your first responsive Web site.

WEB 205: JavaScript for Designers I – 3 credits

Learn the fundamentals of JavaScript, the programming language that allows you to make things happen when a user interacts with your website. You will learn how to create clean, valid code as you create programs that respond to various kinds of user interaction. Assignments include a range of projects: interactive dialogue boxes, a trivia quiz, a rainbow color picker, a sortable database, and more.

WEB 207: Internet Marketing – 3 credits

Taking a business online? Building a commercial Web site for yourself or a client is just the start. In this online Internet Marketing course, you'll learn practical skills for growing your business on the Web. Studying with a professional Internet marketing consultant, you'll learn how to develop an entire marketing plan for your online business. Course projects will include target audience analysis, site planning, content development strategy, email marketing campaigns, optimizing for search engines, building a Facebook page, and more.

WEB 209: Advanced CSS – 1.5 credits

Looking to take your CSS to the next level? In this online CSS course, you'll learn how to utilize flexbox, a new set of CSS properties that easily adapt to different screen sizes and different sizes of content, providing limitless, robust ways to structure page content, and design navigation, column-based layouts, even sticky footers! Working with an expert instructor, you'll study how to how to use flexbox with scalable vector graphics (SVG) and CSS3 animation, adding interactive and creative power to your Web graphics.

WEB 213: Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver I – 3 credits

Bootstrap provides a framework of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to speed up your site development. Designing with Bootstrap puts a wealth of useful code at your fingertips. In this course, you'll learn how to build responsive, mobile-first web sites using Bootstrap 5 and Dreamweaver, Adobe's HTML editor. Working with an expert instructor, you'll learn how to design web sites from using HTML and CSS to structure and design page layouts, and ensuring that your designs work on a range of platforms and devices. Each project includes accessibility testing as an integral part of the workflow.

WEB 214: Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver II – 3 credits

The powerful assets of Bootstrap are made easier to access using Adobe Dreamweaver. In this advanced course, you'll learn how to build responsive layouts using Bootstrap, add advanced CSS styles and transitions, add JavaScript and jQuery features, all without reams of code. Working with a pro Web designer, you'll learn how to apply these techniques to practical design project scenarios.

WEB 222: UX/UI Design – 3 credits

UX/UI is a hot field in software development and web design today. Companies need designers who can rapidly prototype the interface for an app or a website, applying principles of usability and accessibility to create intuitive, engaging user experiences. In this course, you’ll work with veteran UX/UI designer Michael Hamm to learn UX/UI from the ground up. Using your favorite prototyping tool - Sketch, Invision, Adobe XD, or Figma – you will learn how create a concept for an app, and turn your sketches into live prototypes with hotspots, transitions, and slick graphics, using the iterative development process practiced in the industry.

WEB 231: Web Design I – 3 credits

To design today's Web sites, you need a complete skillset. Clients expect you to be able to research, plan, build, design, and test a site, using contemporary technologies and design styles. In this online Web design course, you'll learn a systematic professional approach to Web design, using site maps, wireframes, HTML/CSS layouts, comps, color palettes, usability tests, and other tools and concepts to make sure your designs hit the mark. Four portfolio projects will challenge your Web design skills, helping you build an understanding of how to manage Web design projects in a professional context.

WEB 232: Web Typography – 1.5 credits

Crafting the experience of Web type remains the quiet bulk of a Web designer's work. In this online Web type course, you'll learn how to enhance your Web designs with the the latest techniques for styling, typesetting, and embellishing text. Working with a pro designer, you'll get up to speed on the latest in Web font options and how to use CSS font stacks. You'll study a mix of classic and cutting edge techniques to ensure on-screen readability and effective rhythm, including CSS3 effects and typography-driven information graphics.

WEB 241: WordPress for Designers – 3 credits

Everywhere you look, there's another website built with WordPress. As a savvy web designer, you need WordPress skills in your ninja belt. In this online WordPress course, you'll learn how to develop sites that take advantage of the power, versatility, and community of WordPress. You'll start learning the main attributes of a CMS and explore themes, plugins, ways to install, information and support, functions, pages and posts, headers and footers, widgets, and more, all with one big goal in mind: learning the techniques and tools essential to developing excellent WordPress sites.

WEB 259: Web Design Capstone Project – 2 credits

The Web Design capstone project is a complete client project in Web design, from concept to the final presentation of a series of client pieces. Students work closely with the department head using a full project brief to create information design concepts, a complete Web site and associated graphics, and a banner advertisement. The project is executed in three stages with feedback and a discussion at each stage. Students are expected to discuss, present, and critique their work with the highest level of professionalism, and implement research strategies that contribute to the overall finished project.

Vocational courses can be completed studying at your own pace in 3-8 weeks, with 3 months of access. Enroll today, start tomorrow—and get feedback on your creative work from a faculty of expert instructors.

5415: Advanced CSS Layouts

Learn how to utilize flexbox, a new set of CSS properties that easily adapt to different screen and content sizes, providing limitless, robust ways to structure page content, and design navigation, column-based layouts, and more.

4016: Advertising Design I

Learn the principles of the advertising design from both a creative and a business perspective.

6010: After Effects I

Create sophisticated motion graphics in After Effects using text and object animations, compositing videos and images, and adding audio and effects.

5303: Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver I

Learn how to build responsive, mobile-first web sites using Bootstrap 5 and Dreamweaver, Adobe's HTML editor.

5304: Bootstrap Using Dreamweaver II

Discover how to build responsive layouts using Bootstrap, add advanced CSS styles and transitions, add JavaScript and jQuery features, all without reams of code.

4242: Color Correction

Learn systematic and quick techniques for every aspect of color management using Photoshop.

4017: Color Theory

Learn how to work with color, discovering how to develop color schemes for your art and design projects.

4020: Design and Composition

What makes any image work, in graphic design or photography? Develop your compositional skills through a series of art and design projects.

4303: Design Business

Learn the essentials of finding work as a creative professional, whether in a design firm, in-house art department, or freelance.

4220: Digital Illustration Basics

Discover professional illustration techniques for creating great-looking artwork using deceptively simple elements in Illustrator.

4222: Digital Illustration Advanced

Working with a pro designer, illustrator, you'll learn approaches for creating editorial illustrations, icons, retro poster designs, 3D illustrations, and restaurant identity designs.

7002: Digital Photography I

Gain control over your camera's manual settings, learning how to balance the elements in the Exposure Triangle (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture/F-Stop.)

7004: Digital Photography II

Achieve better-looking results in your digital photography with projects that include still-life, action, panoramic, candid, and location photos in addition to retouching and printing.

7015: Digital Photography with Lightroom

Learn how to collect and catalog your images with ease, use basic and advanced development and retouching tools to create stellar shots, and present your work in slideshows, on the Web, and in print.

6225: Digital Video Editing I

Learn time-honored concepts in editing, including shot types, story structure, scripting, editing sound, continuity editing, CODECs, adding text and graphics, compressing and expanding time, and storytelling strategies.

8040: Digital Video Production

Gain experience in shooting different kinds of videos, focusing on storytelling, production planning, and sound editing, with the ultimate goal of telling stories that move audiences.

4501: Drawing I

Explore the critical concepts of line, mass, form, perspective, value, and composition, building a solid foundation for all your art and design work.

4013: Graphic Design

Gain insights from industry veterans and explore the challenges of designing posters, logos, magazine covers, book layouts, 3D designs, and brand identities.

4335: Advanced Graphic Design

Working with a professional designer, you'll discover how to conceptualize projects, reinvent clichés, distill complex information, and motivate your audience.

4800: History of Art

Learn how to identify the mediums, materials, and techniques artists use and discuss the styles of important artists, art movements, and historical periods from antiquity through the mid-20th century.

5229: HTML and CSS Essentials

Working with a pro Web designer, you'll get up to speed with current Web design practices including HTML5, CSS3, semantic coding, Web fonts, and responsive design.

4226: Illustrator Basics

Build a strong foundation in Illustrator, exploring shape tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool (a lesson unto itself) as well as transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes.

4227: Illustrator Advanced

Using Adobe Illustrator, create photo-realistic illustrations, complex patterns, rich designs, and learn how to accelerate your efforts with helpful workflow features.

4228: InDesign Basics

Gain a working knowledge of InDesign's main capabilities, everything from basic features to using master pages, importing and manipulating objects, controlling text flow and style, and organizing content with tables, layers, links, and conveyor tools.

5850: Internet Marketing

Learn how to develop a marketing plan for your online business with projects in target audience analysis, site planning, content development strategy, email marketing campaigns, optimizing for search engines, building a Facebook page, and more.

4018: Intro to Drawing

Discover how to represent what you see through studies in contour drawing, perspective, positive/negative space, and value.

6011: Intro to Marketing

Learn tried-and-true marketing concepts and explore how they affect the design process.

6001: Intro to Motion

Explore how fundamental concepts in physics and motion are used to create sophisticated, convincing motion art in sequential art, video, 2D animation, and 3D animation, and more.

4801: Intro to Visual Arts

Deepen your art knowledge by exploring your own artistic creativity, learning to critique artwork and decode its social or political purpose.

7110: Javascript for Designers I

Learn how to create clean, valid JavaScript code as you create programs that respond to various kinds of user interaction.

4502: Figure Drawing

Learn the standard measures and proportions artists use to achieve naturalistic and expressive figure drawings.

4211: Fundamentals of Logo Design

Explore the development of logos through a series of case studies and hands-on projects for creating an effective mark.

4225: Advanced Logo Design

Study important identity design concepts including corporate identity, image, branding, and repositioning.

4050: Marketing Design

Discover how to make design decisions in your creative work through research, writing, and planning techniques that set marketing designers (and their clients) apart from the competition.

4305: Packaging Design

Learn to design packages for a wide variety of projects, clients, and customers, addressing concepts in three dimensions, mass vs. prestige design, and new product launches.

4700: Painting I

Study a time-honored approach to painting that enables you to capture proportion, perspective, and lighting in the world around you.

4280: Photo Retouching

Learn how to turn good photographs into showstoppers using Photoshop's tools and filters.

4218: Photoshop Basics

Learn pro techniques for Photoshop including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects.

4240: Photoshop Advanced

Transcend your current skill set with vector illustration techniques, photo-realistic painting, high-impact typography, and professional editing methods that preserve the editability of your original images.

4301: Print Production

Learn the fundamentals of producing professional-looking print publications, working with an expert instructor.

4019: The Study of Graphic Design

Learn how to use historical knowledge and cultural awareness as a springboard for your contemporary design projects.

4221: Fundamentals of Typography

Learn how to classify typefaces and use them creatively, giving your work power, eloquence, and beauty.

4302: Advanced Typography

Learn advanced concepts in typography, building your portfolio through hands-on projects.

4702: Watercolor

Explore traditional techniques including various washes, glazes, scumbles, resists, and more, getting feedback from a professional artist.

5216: Web Typography

Study a mix of classic and cutting edge Web typography techniques to ensure on-screen readability and effective rhythm, including CSS3 effects and typography-driven information graphics.

5315: WordPress for Designers

Learn how to develop sites that take advantage of the power, versatility, and community of WordPress, exploring themes, plugins, ways to install, information and support, functions, pages and posts, headers and footers, and more.

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