|LOLART School Toronto Richmond Hill Markham||
Graphic design is a huge and growing industry; Toronto is actually one of the three biggest centers for it in North America. Designers get to work on anything from a simple business card to creating the identity of an entire COUNTRY! More than design, the Computer Software in this program is used by animators and computer game designers – there is a good chance that some of your favourite cartoons were made by someone using FLASH!
These programs are required knowledge for all graphic designers, and are desirable for many other fields and positions – marketers, social media, advertising, computer game design, art, etc.
- PHOTOSHOP mandatory before any other program
- ILLUSTRATOR either one of these programs can be taught after Photoshop
- FLASH (animation!) Illustrator is mandatory before InDesign
- INDESIGN can be taught after Illustrator
These skills are essential for all of the creative fields, and are useful in many other industries:
- ART & DESIGN PRINCIPLES an important course to take before Illustrator or InDesign
- ONLINE PORTFOLIO(website) this course is best taken at the end of the program
Computer software is not the only aspect of graphic design; even though many think that knowing the ADOBE suite makes you a designer, it is absolutely not the case! The foundation of design and, for that matter, art and animation, is the ability to control the visuals you create, and give them the exact effect you want. This ability is the understanding of art and design principles such as harmony, balance, contrast, intensity, and more. For that reason, our design program also includes a course on design principles and offers exercises similar to those conducted at the college and university level. It is advisable to take this course first or right after Photoshop, in order to maximize the benefits of Illustrator, Flash, and especially InDesign.
The program to start with is Photoshop – it is the most user-friendly and straightforward of the bunch. After Photoshop, learning Illustrator is much easier, and InDesign is the final; it is very professional and valuable in the industry. Flash can be taught after Photoshop; it is similar to Illustrator in some ways and is required for animation work, particularly cartoons and simple computer games.
Taking one or more of these courses will help students get a leg-up in school, college, university, and even at work! Completing the entire program will put them far ahead of their peers in design related fields.
Students are expected to bring their own laptops and software, as well as a portable USB drive for storage and printing.
This course is an introduction to Photoshop and the digital format. Students will learn the basics of computer graphics and the various ways they can be implemented. Photoshop is an amazing platform and will allow students to learn through creating a variety of awesome images and photo-manipulation works. Photoshop has more tools than any one person will ever use! That is why we will focus on the most important ones, and will cover them step-by-step.
The course covers 30 hours in-class broken into 10 3-hour sessions. At the completion of the course students will be able to use Photoshop to create original drawings and paintings, posters, and fix or modify photographs. Knowledge of this program will be immediately useful for school and university projects, as well as prepare students to learn Illustrator and/or Flash, the latter, leading to animation.
COURSE SCHEDULE – 10 weeks
WEEKS 1-2 | PROJECT1 – Shapes and Designs
Students will work on an abstract piece that will allow them to learn the basic tools in Photoshop; create shadows, apply filters and effects, and use colour. This exercise will require two classes and some work at home.
WEEKS 3-4 | PROJECT2 – Fantasy Self Portrait
Building on the knowledge acquired in the previous project students will learn how to modify photographs and combine them with art – photomanipulation! We will use a photograph of the student and a picture of a real or fictional animal, and combine them into one! This exercise will focus on opacity, fill, and the use of layers, among other things. It will take two classes and some work at home.
WEEKS 5-7 | PROJECT3 – Movie Poster
This project is where students get to be very creative and innovative. With the knowledge from the first two projects, students will be introduced to some basic tools that can be used in poster and flyer making. They will have the opportunity to select an existing movie or come up with a completely new one for their poster. Together, we will create a movie poster that is attractive, professional, and filled with awesome visuals! The project will take 3 classes and include some work at home.
WEEKS 8-10 | PROJECT4 – Creative Artwork
The culmination of everything taught up to this point, this project will guide students through a professional level process for creating digital artwork. Students will learn advanced techniques for creating various visual effects, using textures, and enhancing their art with photographic elements. Sketching and brainstorming is important in every creative endeavour, including digital ones; therefore, students will first sketch out their ideas and then turn them into a digital masterpiece. This project will take 3 classes and include work at home.
By the end of this course students will have a portfolio of four works: digital abstract, fantasy self-portrait, movie poster, and a personal creative piece. These can be used in university applications for programs such as Architecture, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Animation, and Computer Game Design.