Introduction to Digital Arts and Graphic Design

Introduction to Digital Arts and Graphic Design

Course Number: ART X489.31

4 units

Are you new to design? Get a solid footing in the fundamentals of design production in this new creative workshop.This five-week workshop is designed for individuals who want to create visual and innovative communication solutions using graphic elements. This workshop gives you the foundation you need to master the basics, and sets you up to succeed with more advanced training. Workshop topics and hands-on activities focus on:

  • fundamental design production processes
  • the role of the professional visual communicator
  • design unification of diverse elements
  • color theory
  • typography

The workshop also offers a comprehensive introduction to the primary Adobe Creative Software Suite. Learn Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat from seasoned professionals. You will also learn how basic design concepts and software interface to create an effective and efficient design environment. Production will include graphic collaterals focused on the web and print media. A capstone project displaying a comprehensive layout and design project is required upon completion.

Delivered in a hybrid format, this workshop combines in-class instruction and online learning modules with three face-to-face Saturday meetings.



Available Sections

Starting Jul 14


Starting Jul 14

Course Fees

$850 Early Bird Discount ends on Jul 8
$900 after Jul 8


Andrew Oakes [ bio ]

close [x] Andrew Oakes, M.F.A., Visual Studies, Agency Principal and Art Director, Green Acres Creative and Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino, has over 20 years of design industry experience as both an in-house designer and art director at large and small design and advertising agencies. He has won multiple design awards for excellence in advertising both regionally and nationally, and has worked for Disney, Neutrogena, 24-Hour Fitness, and Ebay. Mr. Oakes takes clients through the branding and promotional design process to build identity programs and multi-level customer facing applications for campaigns in print, web, video, and motion graphics.

John Lane [ bio ]

close [x] John Douglas Lane, B.F.A., Director, Digital Arts Institute, Cardiff


Jul 14 - Aug 18, 2018

Jul 14, 2018

Jul 28, 2018

Aug 18, 2018


Hybrid Course Moodle

Section Notes:

Students should have access to the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud software and be prepared to bring a laptop to class. This is a hybrid course, combining online and classroom instruction. 

Online: July 14 - August 11

Face-to-face: July 14 9:00am - 1:00pm, July 28 9:00am-4:00pm, August 11 9:00am - 12:00pm 


No Textbook Required.


Students should have a working knowledge of the PC or MAC computer platforms in terms of file management, folder creation, and general platform navigation.

Applicable Certificates

No Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 181CPM001

Dates: Jul 14 - Aug 18, 2018

Dates: Jul 14, 2018

Dates: Jul 28, 2018

Dates: Aug 18, 2018

Instructor: Andrew Oakes John Lane

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Hybrid Course

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