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Graphic Design

Certificate of Completion | 11211

Program Overview

With a focus on key graphic design applications - Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign - the Graphic Design certificate program grounds you in the fundamentals of designing for print and media. Learn to create and manage digital assets, build your portfolio, and launch your work online and/or in print. You will explore design fundamentals, typography and preparation of files for print or web publishing. This program features industry-active instructors with up-to-date know-how who are passionate about design and teaching.

Additional Information:  Students registered in these courses must have Adobe software installed. A monthly subscription can be purchased from Adobe's website.  Students will need to register for the course at least three (3) days prior to the course start date.

Note:  Students pursuing a Certificate of Completion in Graphic Design must successfully complete all four 10-week courses within a one-year period (4 semesters).

Curriculum

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Course Name 2024/2025 Academic Year 2025/2026 Academic Year
Compulsory Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
GDCE 004: Typography
GDMC 001: Adobe Illustrator: Essential Skills
GDMC 002: Adobe InDesign: Essential Skills
GDMC 003: Adobe Photoshop: Essential Skills

Compulsory Courses

GDCE 004 Typography
 

This course will focus on introducing the important role of type communication design within print and web mediums. Students will evaluate the style and character of individual letterforms, through construction of words, lines and paragraphs. Using Adobe InDesign, students will put typographic theory in practice through creative page layout exercises. They will also explore the differences between print and web typography in regards to file types, measurement units, legibility and readability.

CREDENTIAL(S): This is a compulsory course for Graphic Design.

Registration deadline:  To secure a spot, it is recommended that students register at least one week prior to the start date.

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GDMC 001 Adobe Illustrator: Essential Skills
 

Overview

This micro-credential will introduce Adobe Illustrator, the industry-leading graphic design tool that allows the user to design anything from logos and icons to graphics and illustrations. Through a series of practical hands-on exercises and creative assignments, students will learn to create vector-based artwork for print and digital distribution. They will learn the principles of composition, building colour palettes, creative typography and develop the skills required to produce and prepare digital vector-based files in a professional manner for high-end digital devices.

Competency Achieved

The learner can create and edit vector graphics using Adobe Illustrator, demonstrating an understanding of colour theory, composition, and illustration techniques.

CREDENTIAL(S): This course can be taken as a stand-alone micro-credential, or stacked as part of the Graphic Design, Certificate of Completion. Micro-credential learners will receive a digital badge upon successful completion.

Registration deadline:  To secure a spot, it is recommended that students register at least one week prior to the start date.

 

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GDMC 002 Adobe InDesign: Essential Skills
  Start Date: April 2024  

Overview

This micro-credential is focused on page layout principles and foundational use of digital publishing tools in Adobe InDesign. Through practical exercises, students will become familiar with how simple print pieces such as postcards, flyers and posters are designed and prepared for digital and print production. In addition to learning how to work with the tools in InDesign, students will also put into learn fundamental layout design techniques such as visual hierarchy and typography.

Competency Achieved

The learner can implement principles of page layout, visual hierarchy patterns, and prepare images/graphics in a digital production environment using Adobe InDesign.

CREDENTIAL(S): This course can be taken as a stand-alone micro-credential, or stacked as part of the Graphic Design Certificate of Completion.  Micro-credential learners will receive a digital badge upon successful completion.

Registration deadline:  To secure a spot, it is recommended that students register at least one week prior to the start date.

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GDMC 003 Adobe Photoshop: Essential Skills
  Start Date: April 2024  

Overview

This micro-credential will allow students to explore their creative potential and enhance their overall digital literacy. They will develop a working knowledge of Photoshop and all its composition tools and techniques for graphic design, multimedia design, and print production. The focus will be on using Photoshop to manipulate images and letterforms to create rich raster compositions that are optimized for digital spaces. It will also explore how Photoshop links to other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite and its role in the graphic design workflow.

Competency Achieved

The learner can manipulate and enhance images for various creative and professional purposes using Adobe Photoshop.

CREDENTIAL(S): This course can be taken as a stand-alone micro-credential, or stacked as part of the Graphic Design, Certificate of Completion.  Micro-credential learners will receive a digital badge upon successful completion.

Registration deadline:  To secure a spot, it is recommended that students register at least one week prior to the start date.

 

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Illustrator and Indesign and Photoshop Essential Skills Badge


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Humber Continuous Professional Learning Media & Creative Arts
cplmediaarts@humber.ca


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