Graphic Design
& Photography

Exploring the limitless world of creativity through multimedia development, a combination of technical awareness with software applications, and the role of communication through commercial and visual art.

Through the use of innovative teaching practices, custom designed labs, and the use of real-world projects, Graphic Design students will be guided through the intricacies of creating portfolio projects that will enable them to find a suitable career path in the new media industry. By keeping a close eye on the industry and feedback from industry related companies and professionals, the Graphic Design curriculum is constantly evolving to allow students to enter the workforce running.

Pixel Blue College's Graphic Design program develops industry-ready designers, who are capable of using the latest software and hardware in all production mediums. Students are trained in Adobe®, Macromedia and Apple software to learn the fundamentals of visual communication and motion design.

 

Graduates can step comfortably into any creative department while setting a career path for future growth. Student work is evaluated and critiqued until it meets or exceeds the instructor’s expected level of excellence. Students will have the opportunity to develop the specific technical areas suited to their interests.

CURRICULUM & RESOURCES

NEXT START DATE:  March 15, 2017

STUDENT WORK

CURRICULUM

  • + DMG100 Communication Design

    The foundation for creative development begins with exploration in the fundamentals of graphic design. From Typography to Corporate Branding and Identity Development, students will embark on a journey that will allow them to imagine, create, and produce functional design pieces that can be used in all forms of media advertising and print production.

    DMG100.01 Composition and Layout

    DMG100.02 Colour in Commercial Art

    DMG100.03 Introduction to Typography

    DMG100.04 Signage and Symbolism

    DMG100.05 Design for Print Production

    DMG100.06 Logo Design

    DMG100.07 Branding: Creating Brands for Commercial Use

    DMG100.08 The Business of Media

    DMG100.09 Communication in Design

    DMG100.10 Marketing Solutions

    DMG100.11 Design for Advertising

    DMG100.12 Learning the Graphic Design Suite (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) through Practice

  • + DMG200 Motion Design & Mixed Media

    The newest and most innovative of the digital arts, Multimedia Design and Development allows the students to write, animate, and direct complete interactive experiences for the user. The students will learn how to develop multimedia projects for use with the web, CD, DVD and stand alone applications by using industry standard animation and scripting software.


    DMG200.01 Interactive Media Design

    DMG200.02 Advanced use of Typography 2

    DMG200.03 Sequential Design

    DMG200.04 Introduction to Flash Animation and Fundamentals

    DMG200.05 Flash Animation

    DMG200.06 Motion Design and Kinetic Typography

    DMG200.07 Introduction to After Effects for Web Motion Design

    DMG200.08 Enhancing Web Motion Design with After Effects

  • + DMG300 Web Design

    Global businesses and communication resides within the Internet and the Web. Students are taken from the beginnings of the web and website design through implementing web-based solutions from both a design and communication perspective.


    DMG300.01 Coding Basics with XHTML/CSS

    DMG300.02 Web Design and Going LIVE!

    DMG300.03 Web Technologies

    DMG300.04 Website Trends & Solutions

    DMG300.05 Exploring Developer Solutions for Non-Developers

  • + DMG400 Social Media

    Social media is media communication for social interaction, using highly accessible and scalable communication techniques. Social media is the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue.

     

    DMG400.01 Understanding Social Media Trends

    DMG400.02 Implementing Social Media

    DMG400.03 Social Media in Action

    DMG400.04 Implementing Useful Social Media Technologies

  • + DMG500 Creative Technical Skill Development

    Design professionals need a combination of technical skills and soft skills like problem solving and interpersonal skills to sustain them though their career. Students will explore the concepts of project management and the elements of proper documentation and planning, as well as explore the fundamentals of market driven design and development.

     

    DMG500.01 Mac OSX

    DMG500.02 Adobe Creative Suite

    DMG500.03 Internet Technology

    DMG500.04 Portfolio Development

  • + DMG600 Introduction to Photography

    Often design professionals are required to have photography for skills for pictures for a specific clients work.   The Photography course will explore your cameras setting and options and learn basic camera operation and composition skills. DMG700.01 Photography
    Learn and implement the exposure triangle, Explore shooting modes, Focusing options, Going full manual.
    DMG700.02 Street PhotographyPhotographing street action, Photographing people.DMG700.03 Adobe LightroomTools and adjustment panels, Import/export photos, Color correction and basic editing, Black and white editing, Exploring presets.DMG700.04 Advanced PhotographyHow to use a flash, Long exposure photography, Night photography.

  • + DMG700 Internship (Optional)

    Students will have the option to participate in an optional unpaid internship once they complete the academic modules. Internships lengths and duties will vary.  As the Internship is optional, students are not required to fulfill this component in order to graduate.   Students, who want to participate, should notify the Director of Education, no later than Week 6 of the program of their intention to participate.

     

    The Graphic Design Diploma Program Curriculum also includes 20hrs of Career Development, with Pixel Blue College’s Employment Specialist.

     

    * Curriculum subject to change without notice

FINANCE

The tuition for the Graphic Design Diploma Program is $15,995 CAD. This covers the costs of 5 months in-class instruction, the use of a personal computer, all the required course materials, including textbooks and full access to our facilities 24 hours a day.

STUDENT FUNDING / AID

 

Aboriginal students may qualify for additional funding or aid. Please contact us or one of the organizations below for more information.

 

RESOURCES

  • + iMac

    Apple's primary desktop computer. The iMac is an "all-in-one" that houses the computer and drives within the flat panel monitor case. The Core i5 iMac provides the raw horsepower and sleek functionality sought by creative professionals and power users.

  • + Adobe Illustrator

    Illustrator software gives you new creative freedom that lets you realize your ideas quickly and powerfully. Instantly convert bitmaps to vector artwork and paint more intuitively. Save time with intelligent palettes and optimized workspaces. Plus, tight integration with other software allows you to produce extraordinary graphics for print, video, the web, and mobile devices.

  • + Adobe Photoshop

    Photoshop software, the professional image-editing standard and leader of the Photoshop digital imaging line, delivers more of what you crave. Groundbreaking creative tools help you achieve extraordinary results. Unprecedented adaptability lets you custom-fit Photoshop to the way you work. And with more efficient editing, processing, and file handling, there's no slowing you down.

  • + Adobe InDesign

    Join the growing ranks of creative professionals discovering new levels of creative freedom and productivity using Adobe® InDesign software. Tightly integrated with the Adobe® applications you use most, InDesign delivers faster production workflows and a more fluid creative environment for designing professional layouts with sophisticated graphics and typography.

  • + Adobe Flash

    Flash is the industry's most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive websites, digital experiences and mobile content. With 8, creative professionals design and author interactive content rich with video, graphics, and animation for truly unique, engaging websites, presentations or mobile content.

  • + Adobe MUSE

    With Adobe Muse, you can quickly and easily design and create user-friendly, interactive websites, without the help of a

    developer. You just design your site in Muse using design-savvy graphic tools that leverage the same skills as Adobe InDesign

    and Adobe Photoshop.

  • + Adobe After Effects

    After Effects is used for creating motion graphics and visual effects. After Effects allows users to animate, alter, and composite media in 2D and 3D space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins.

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