The Graphic Design and Web Development program strives to successfully train students for entry-level employment in the Web Development and Graphic Design industries.
The comprehensive Graphic Design and Web Development program was designed to prepare our students for the real world of web development and design, starting them from basic computer skills and multimedia design fundamentals and working up to advanced graphics and web programming techniques. We combine hands-on education using up-to-date technology found in the real world with F.I.R.S.T. Institute’s signature teaching methods applied to give students all they need to succeed in Design industry jobs.
BREAKDOWN OF PROGRAM LENGTH
744 Total Clock Hours
536 Hours - Instruction
168 Hours - Lab
40 Hours - Internship
Courses are designed to be taken in order as numbered, i.e. course 101 is taken prior to course 102.
GDWD 101 - Graphic Design Principles
In this course, students will gain a very basic level understanding of computers, their parts, and terminology. After students have learned the fundamentals of computing and have a good understanding of the different types of digital media formats, we start by first introducing them to art history, design basics, and color theory. Classes then get introduced to a common graphic design program, Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator will be consistently used throughout most of the graphic design and digital art portion of the course. Students will use the techniques learned in Illustrator to complete several projects that include a branding strategy for small and large businesses.
GDWD 102 - Digital Art & Design
Students are introduced to digital photography and camera basics. Here, they will set up cameras and learn to use them in a real photo shoot. The assets obtained from that shoot will be used to introduce them to Photoshop. Next, students take some time to learn basic layout techniques utilizing grid design. Once students have a full understanding of the basics of Photoshop, these assets and skills are used to develop a print campaign and website mockup and design for their course project.
GDWD 103 - Front End Web Design 1
Before getting into actual website design and architecture, we get students acclimated to the web with blogging, or creating a personal website from content management systems, like Wordpress. Creative writing is an essential requirement for almost all web developers, so we focus on personalizing your blog and studying creative writing as it pertains to blogging. Students create a blog around something they can write passionately about, such as their own personal interests.
CD 101 - Career Development 1
Students are first introduced to the concept of Career Development, what it means, and its monumental purpose in helping them find Design industry jobs. They will focus on the design of their own personal portfolios which will include a cover letter, resume, and business cards, and learn tips for self-marketing on social media outlets like SoundCloud, Youtube, and Vimeo. This week is wrapped up by covering interviewing skills with an instructor-led mock interview session.
GDWD 104 - Front End Web Design 2
GDWD 105 - Web, Tools, Frameworks & Preprocessors
GDWD 107 - Advanced Web & Database Introduction
CD 201 - Career Development 2
The second week of Career Development will center in on a student’s internship and academic experience. Students will learn how to update the portfolios created in the first week of Career Development. This week will also go over proper networking skills and business etiquette. Students finish off the week by making sure they are on track to meet all of their requirements for graduation.
GDWD 108 - Server Side Development & Data Integration
GDWD 109 - Student Internship
Under the supervision of a professional, student internships are conducted in the many fields of graphic design and web development. Student skills will be assessed and the internship will provide students with the opportunity to further develop business skills and gain exposure to the work environment.
Internships will allow students to take initiative and become accountable for their experience. F.I.R.S.T. Institute encourages students to make lasting relationships and also to practice the skills learned during Career Development, class lectures, and hands-on training. Practical training for each student will vary considerably, but all opportunities should teach students about their industry and set expectations for entry-level employment upon graduation.