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Graphic Design

The Center for Continuing Studies now offers a variety of options for students interested in obtaining a certificate or certification in graphic design or multimedia.

Option #1: Graphic Design Certificate:

Students are required to complete the following seven courses.

• Foundations of Graphic Design

• Color Theory for Graphic Designers

• Intro to Photoshop CC

• Advanced Photoshop CC

• Intro to Illustrator CC

• Advanced Illustrator CC

• Exploring Fonts: Intro to Typography

Upon completion a student may sit for the Adobe Certification exam.

 

Option #2: Print/Publishing Certificate:

 

To obtain a Print/Publishing Certificate students are required to complete the Graphic Design Certificate plus the following three courses:

• Intro to InDesign

• Advanced InDesign

• Exploring Fonts: Advanced Typography

Upon completion a student may sit for the Adobe Certification exam.

 

Option #3: Digital Design Certificate:

 

To obtain a Digital Design Certificate students are required to complete the following six courses.

• Foundations of Graphic Design

• Color Theory for Graphic Designers

• Intro to Photoshop

• Advanced Photoshop

• Intro to Illustrator CC

• Advanced Illustrator CC

Upon completion a student may sit for the Adobe Certification exam.

 

Option #4: Web Design Specialist:

 

To obtain a Web Design Specialist Certificate students are required to complete the following seven courses.

• Essentials of HTML

• Complete CSS

• Intro to Photoshop

• Advanced Photoshop

• Dreamweaver

• Muse (coming Summer 2018)

• Web Design Concepts

Upon completion a student may sit for the Adobe Certification exam.

 

Option #5: Multimedia and Digital Design Certification

 

To obtain a Web Design and Digital Design Specialist Certificate, students are required to complete both the Digital Design Certificate and the Web Design Certificate.

 


 

Adobe Certification

The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer County Community College is now an official testing site for Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Certification. The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications are individual online exams (maximum 50 minutes each) using one of Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. When you pass the exam, you will receive in the mail a certificate from Adobe Corporation validating your skills using Adobe.

 

Some of the benefits of becoming Adobe certified include:

• A certificate from Adobe Corporation validates to a prospective employer that you have the technical skills using Adobe software.

• Help you get a promotion at your current job or to get a new job or career.

• An Adobe Corporation certificate on your resume will make you more competitive and have an advantage over other candidates applying for the same job.

• You will gain confidence in your skills when interviewing and being able to design projects and tasks efficiently and quickly

 


Remaining fall classes:

 

Color Theory for Graphic Designers
Discover the intricate way colors interact with each other and the implications these interactions have for designers and artists. Examine ideas of space and learn about spatial problems that color can solve while understanding color harmony, qualities, and combinations.1.2 CEU. Cost: $270

NCGDS-CS002-01

December 5 - December 14

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: George Purvis

Advanced InDesign CC
Prerequisite: Intro to InDesign
More than just a page-layout application, Adobe InDesign CC6 is also the leading commercial production software used for creating longer, multi-page documents as well as Internet-ready XHTML pages. This course utilized lecture, textbook samples and real-world examples to exhibit InDesign's complete range of capabilities. Textbook is recommended (not required) and available in the college bookstore.

1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS008-01

December 5 - December 14 

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Introduction to WordPress
You, too, can use WordPress, the popular website blogging and content management system! Great for the beginner, this hands-on class will have you building pages, adding plug-ins, using templates, and editing themes in no time at all. Learn all you need to know to create your own basic WordPress website. An understanding of website architecture, hosting, and programming languages (i.e., HTML, PHP, MySQL) is helpful, but not necessary. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCWEB-CS025-01

December 5 - December 14

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jessica Oliano

 


Spring classes listed below (alphabetically):

 

Advanced Illustrator CC
Prerequisite: Intro to Illustrator
Take what you have learned in the Introduction class and bring it to the next level. Take an in-depth look at palettes, effects, new dimensional tool sets, page layout options, and integration with other applications. Advanced Illustrator takes the tools and turns them into techniques. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS010-01

February 27 - March 8

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Samantha Garofalo

Advanced InDesign CC
Prerequisite: Intro to InDesign
More than just a page-layout application, Adobe InDesign CC6 is also the leading commercial production software used for creating longer, multi-page documents as well as Internet-ready XHTML pages. This course utilized lecture, textbook samples and real-world examples to exhibit InDesign's complete range of capabilities. Textbook is recommended (not required) and available in the college bookstore.

1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS008-01

March 27 - April 5

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Advanced Photoshop CC
Prerequisite: Introduction to Photoshop
Learn advanced techniques and applications for the tools presented in the Introduction course. Photo-retouching, color correction, advanced layers, masking, channels, and an in-depth look at palettes are just some of the topics covered in this course. Learn to fix photos in post-production while maximizing efficiency and output. Photoshop is an incredibly powerful application; get the most from it! Textbook is recommended (not required) and available in the college bookstore. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCWEB-CS031-01

January 30 - February 8

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Complete
Prerequisite: Essentials of HTML

This hands-on course provides the fundamentals and advanced techniques of using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to build and control “responsive” web sites. The emphasis of this course is on using web-standards to build site layouts with CSS (not tables), while creating HTML and CSS from scratch to deliver well-designed, focused content on a variety of media types from desktops to mobile devices 1.8 CEU.Cost: $415

NCWEB-CS028-01

April 18 - May 23

6 sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

 

Color Theory for Graphic Designers
Discover the intricate way colors interact with each other and the implications these interactions have for designers and artists. Examine ideas of space and learn about spatial problems that color can solve while understanding color harmony, qualities, and combinations.1.2 CEU. Cost: $270

NCGDS-CS002-01

February 13 - February 22

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ilanna Canale

Dreamweaver CS6 Complete
Prerequisite: Essentials of HTML, and knowledge of Windows
Do you want to learn how to design and manage websites using the Adobe Dreamweaver web authoring software? This class will show you how as you learn to navigate in the Dreamweaver workspace. Topics include: working with text and images; links; page layout; and templates. Advanced topics include: online forms; Javascript behaviors; and designing responsive websites (i.e., for portable devices like cell phones and tablets.)1.8 CEU. Cost: $420

NCWEB-CS032-01

April 10 - May 15

6 sessions / Tuesdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Essentials of HTML
Required: Basic knowledge of Windows; familiarity with creating and saving files and ability to touch type
Now’s the time! Learn to read and write proper HTML 5 code to create accessible web pages. Understand conceptual design; text formatting; link creation; tables and lists; and inserting graphics and images. Cascading Style Sheets and form design will also be introduced. Materials will be provided by the instructor.1.8 CEU. Cost: $400

NCWEB-CS022-01

February 14 - April 4*

6 sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

*No class February 28 and March 28

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Exploring Fonts: Intro to Typography
This interactive course provides an overview of the basic fundamentals of type design as it applies to graphics, advertising, and other areas of visual communication. It focuses on how typography can be used as a communicative device as well as a graphic, compositional, and expressive element. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS011-01

March 13 - March 22

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ilanna Canale

Exploring Fonts: Advanced Typography
Get a solid overview of advanced typography as it applies to graphics, advertising, and other areas of visual communication. Upon completion of this course, participants will create their very own typeface using Adobe Illustrator.  Making your own font is not only a great way to show off your design and illustration skills but is a milestone for any designer!  Use your typography skills to showcase a font that is legible, creative, marketable, and has strong visual balance.  Once created, the many uses of your font are endless! 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS012-01

March 27 - April 5

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ilana Canale

Foundations of Graphic Design
From typography and page layout to color theory, this course assists the novice designer or working pro in understanding what it takes to create professional graphic design. Topics include: a history of graphic arts; introductory discussions of type; composition and layout; color theory; and photographic and illustrated images as they directly impact today’s graphic designer. 0.9 CEU. Cost: $220

NCGDS-CS001-01

January 17 - February 7* 

3 sessions / Wednesdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.
*No class January 24

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Intro to Illustrator CC
You don’t need to be an illustrator to learn and use this industry standard vector graphics application. This course gives you a hands-on understanding of how to find your way around the program as well as the variety of tool sets that are available within it. Shapes, paths, layers, stacks, swatches, object based creation, document setup, the pen tool, and palettes are just some of what is covered in this course. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS009-01

February 13 - February 22

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: Samantha Garofalo

Intro to InDesign CC
Required: Experience with word processing desirable.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard for creating professional-quality, full-color documents, ready for printing, distributing as Portable Document Format (PDF) files, or to Internet-ready XHTML pages. This course will provide a full overview of the program’s capabilities and functionality. Textbook required - available in college bookstore. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCGDS-CS007-01

March 13 - March 22

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Intro to Photoshop CC
Required: Introduction to Windows; experience with word processing desirable.
Let us introduce you to Adobe’s premier image editing application with an emphasis on what you NEED to know about this incredibly robust program. This course focuses on the tool sets available within the program and provides a hands-on understanding of how to find your way around Photoshop. Image-size, resolution, selections, layers, dialogs, shortcuts, and basic editing techniques are just some of what will be covered in this course. Textbook is recommended (not required) and available in the college bookstore. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCWEB-CS030-01

January 16 - January 25 

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Introduction to WordPress
You, too, can use WordPress, the popular website blogging and content management system! Great for the beginner, this hands-on class will have you building pages, adding plug-ins, using templates, and editing themes in no time at all. Learn all you need to know to create your own basic WordPress website. An understanding of website architecture, hosting, and programming languages (i.e., HTML, PHP, MySQL) is helpful, but not necessary. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $280

NCWEB-CS025-01

February 27 - March 8

4 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

Web Design Concepts
Required: Basic knowledge of Windows; familiarity with creating and saving files, ability to touch type
Learn the basic programming languages and tools needed to design and develop web content. Understand what is needed BEFORE you begin building a website and use that knowledge to build a basic web-based framework. This class prepares you for the next steps on your path to becoming a web designer or developer. 0.9 CEU. Cost: $220

NCWEB-CS001-01

April 12 - April 26 

3 sessions / Thursdays / 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: John Paone, Adobe Certified Instructor

 


CONTACT US :

Registration Desk: 609-570-3311
Register online here.

Unless otherwise noted, Continuing Studies students must be 18 years of age or older.

REFUND POLICY: 
10 or more days before the beginning of a class: 100% refund

Less than 10 days before class start date: no refund

Credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card; cash and check payments will be refunded via a check from MCCC.

 

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