Graphic & Digital Design Courses - Course Flow - Kelowna

Quarter 1 

In your first quarter, you will learn about graphic file management, core graphic and Web design applications, business communications, and project management to serve as a foundation for the remainder of your program. InFoundation of Art and Design, you will explore the evolution of imagery from primitive art through to today's digital creations, with a focus on the elemental themes in design, composition, and content. This will allow you to understand the artistic direction demanded by future clients. You will also be introduced to Video Production, Internet Programming, and Business Technology in this foundational term. 

Quarter 2

In your second quarter, you will learn about the essential tools and methods of digital illustration and life drawing. From colour correction to effective typography, your design studio course this term will strengthen your graphic design skills and mastery of image creation and editing software. You will also be introduced to vector-based animation in this quarter, including the fundamentals of interactive Flash and animation creation, as well as scripting basics to control everything from file loading to simple user interactions.

Quarter 3

In your third quarter, you will build your skills in digital manipulation and creation. Your Principals of Photographycourse will coincide with Digital Imaging, which is designed to help you become proficient in Adobe Photoshop and other image manipulation applications for use in advertising, marketing, graphic design, and publishing. You will also explore employment options and entrepreneurship in this quarter-in Media Communications and Law, you will learn about intellectual property, rights of privacy and publicity, defamation, third party liabilities, domain names, e-commerce, and issues of contract law and digital production.  

Quarter 4

Your final quarter of your program will be largely focused on preparing for your career in design. You will build a business plan so you are ready to launch as a self-employed designer should you choose that route after graduation. You will also further your storytelling and editing skills – often required in many design-based careers – in Introduction to Motion Graphics, where you will learn computer graphic manipulation, titling and visual effects techniques, and non-linear editing in relation to Web-based video creation. A large portion of this quarter will also be to finalize your portfolio which will help you define your style, present yourself to potential employers, and gain contract or project based work after graduation.