The Graphic Design & Web Development IDL Program is designed to prepare students for the real world of computer based graphic design and web development. This program starts with basic computer skills, digital media design fundamentals, illustration, and basic photography, then works all the way to advanced concepts in front end web programming. The end result of program completion creates a well-rounded graduate that will have the skills necessary to get an entry-level career in the fields of graphic design and web development. At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, we strive to keep our curriculum updated to reflect actual trends in an ever-growing and fast-paced industry.
What is Interactive Distance Learning?
Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) is not your typical online education. Students in our IDL programs get the full classroom experience from the comfort of their homes. This is not a “watch a video and answer some questions,” e-learning program. This is a fully-engaged, 11-month diploma program that gives students the opportunity to learn hands-on with industry experts using professional-grade software. Each IDL class is a 5-hour block that includes live lectures with instructors, time to work on projects, video conferencing, student-to-student interaction, individual demos, and more.
Students learn a basic level understanding of computers, their parts, and terminology for the first week of Graphic Design Principles. After students have learned the fundamentals of computing and have a good understanding of the different types of digital media formats, F.I.R.S.T. introduces them to deeper subjects. Students will learn art history and the evolution of visual arts in relation to the development of modern design principles and standards as a foundation to contemporary visual design and color theory. Classes get introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite of products as they are widely used throughout most of the classes in the graphic design and digital art courses. Important skill sets are then developed through studies on creative thinking and concept development, business communications, client briefing and analysis, digital printing, and the importance of print production processes. Students learn the fundamentals of Typography and then examine Marketing in relation to corporate and personal branding and social media.
With an intense focus on illustration, students are introduced to Adobe Illustrator, an industry standard used primarily in the creation of vector graphics and line art. Students first learn about the concept of illustration through the study of simple, sequential, and editorial illustration. The Adobe Illustrator user interface, workspace, and tools are then learned through demonstration and exercise. As skills are gained, students go from creating simple vector shapes to more advanced vector illustrations and graphics, including the use of typography. Students will take the skills learned in Illustrator to complete several projects that include creative illustrations and a branding strategy for small and large businesses.