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ADOBE & GRAPHICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

601 Intro to Adobe Illustrator

This class is a detailed introduction to the tools and capabilities of Adobe Illustrator, the premiere, vector-based graphics program. The class focuses on learning to use Adobe Illustrator as a tool, to create graphics and artwork for use alone, or as assets in projects.The class uses a combination of lecture and hands-on practice to learn the various aspects of the program. This foundation knowledge enables students use their creativity to conceive innovative items to fulfill the needs of their projects. Topics include shapes; bezier curves; working with color; understanding palettes; creating custom libraries; working with layers; text and text effects; brushes; masking; symbols; tracing photographic images; integrating with photographic images; and more. Prerequisite: 099


603 Typography Design

The art of typography is the art of visualizing language.Well chosen words, when artfully displayed, influence meaning
and evoke emotion in an audience. From the origins of written language, to the Gutenberg press, to the advent of digital type,typography has played a significant role in the development of art and culture.This class updates the traditional role of type for todays fast-paced visual storytelling on TV, film, and the Web. Prerequisite: 601, 610, 620


605 Color Theory in Design

Color is often the first thing a viewer notices about any object, design or advertisement. It gives an instantaneous flood of information about attitude, emotion and agenda. The mastery of color is one of the graphic artists greatest tools, and one of the greatest challenges. This course covers the three main aspects of Color Theory: the science of color, the technical aspects of working with it, and the creative use of color in artistic expression. Time will be spent on perception of color, as well as on the psychological impact both culturally and individually.Prerequisite: 610, 620


607 Layout and Composition

In this course, students learn how the principles of composition can expand their vision, refine their techniques and captivate the eyes of the audience.They learn to create a system of techniques to quickly assess framing, flow and viewpoint, dynamic composition, client need and preference assessment, and other critical topics for professional motion graphics. Layout and composition is the aesthetic that provides balance and visual consistency to a project. A clear understanding
of layout and composition is necessary. Otherwise a designers work may result in visual confusion and departure from client needs. No amount of visual trickery can disguise an unappealing composition. Among the topics covered in this course: preparation best practices, setting up parameters, box theory and aspect ratio, dynamic composition and high-powered elements, consistent, believable object flow construction, proper framing of moving objects, look-n-feel of composition within context of music, desired effect and precision aim, slow motion, jump cuts, shaking jolting, Xtreme techniques, foreshortening, forced perspective, exaggerated impact, client need and preference assessments and measurement techniques. Prerequisite: 601, 610, 620


609 Motion Graphics Aesthetics

In this fun and informative course, the instructor will take students on a journey that examines various films, television shows, commercials,music videos and internet media for the purposes of critical analysis. The instructor will also help students to bridge the gap between motion graphics workflows and what you see on the big screen by teaching the class about effect deconstruction reversing engineering effects for the purposes of learning, recreating or finding a base to create new and unique visuals. Prerequisite: None


610 Into to Adobe Photoshop

PhotoShop is used to create complex graphics and enhance photographic images in the production of special effects in 2D, 3D, and moving images. This class introduces all phases of PhotoShop, starting with the file browser, selection tools, and basic use of layers. Students learn how to create alpha channels, gradients text and text effects, how to use the pen and vector tools, photo retouching, color correction, image repair and restoration using the clone stamp, pattern stamp, healing brush, patch tool, blending modes, levels, curves and color balance, use of filters, the extract tool and pattern maker.


611 Intermediate Photoshop

This class builds upon the basic concepts learned in 610 Intro to Adobe Photoshop,and emphasizes using Adobe Photoshop for film and television. Students gain confidence with Adobe Photoshop fundamentals by doing hands- on exercises, guided by an Adobe Certified instructor. Students learn advanced photo retouching, basic pen tool techniques, layering techniques, and use of vector shapes and clipping masks. They learn about pixel aspect ratio (square vs rectangular), the preparation of graphics for NTSC/DV using the selection and cropping tools, action-safe and title-safe parameters, broadcast- quality color and type, and rotoscoping. Students also learn how to take Adobe Photoshop effects into video programs such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, DVD Studio Pro, the Avid platforms, and more.Prerequisite: 610


612 Advanced Photoshop

Advanced Adobe Photoshop is an intensive workshop-style course based on typical real-life projects for network television or post production.The array of advanced topics include matte painting, virtual sets, rotoscoping, enhanced freezeframes, transparency and blending, gradients, managing paintbrushes, photo-realism, and how to create backgrounds for titles and credits. Additional subjects cover automation and troubleshooting. This is an action-oriented course with simulated workplace deadline assignments. Students who enroll need to be proficient with all Adobe Photoshop essentials. Prerequisite: 611

619 Intro to After Effects for Editors

Whether you work in film, broadcast television, corporate video or multimedia,this 16 hour course allows you to explore the world of motion graphics. Students learn Adobe After Effects by working on a promotional video, which includes music, backgrounds and textures. Students animate the opening sequence by compositing layers, setting key frames and modifying geometric properties.Then, the focus turns to using a text filter for creating text “on the fly,” changing duration and modifying a motion path. Additional topics include pre-composing single and multiple layers, nesting, and understanding the rendering pipeline. This course is designed specifically for editors.Motion graphic designers are advised to enroll in 620 Intro to Adobe After Effects. Prerequisite: 099 or knowledge of MAC, and 110 or 610


620 Intro to Adobe After Effects

Whether you work in film, broadcast television, corporate video or multimedia, this course will allow you to explore the world of motion graphics.You will begin to learn Adobe After Effects by working on a promotional video. The project includes music, backgrounds and textures. You will animate the opening sequence by com-positing layers, set keyframes, and modify geometric properties.Then, the focus turns to using a text filter for creating text on the fly,changing duration and modi-fying a motion path.Additional topics include pre- composing single and multiple layers, nesting, and understanding the rendering pipeline. Prerequisite: 099 or equivalent experience on Mac, 610


621 Intermediate After Effects

This course focuses on workflow management, compositing for television vs.the Web,advanced masking techniques, time remapping, blue and green screen keying, color correction, procedural matte manipulation,motion tracking and motion stabilization. Also included is Howd they do that? TV special effects using AE and much more. Prerequisite: 620


622 Advanced After Effects

Learn to create the advanced title effects you see in movie trailers and TV commercials. You will learn how to use the more advanced plug-ins, incorporate 3D objects into an Adobe After Effects project, and the coding basics of expressions to control objects in 3D space.You will also learn the differences between production techniques for mattes, masks and alpha channels. Prerequisite: 621


630 Cinema 4D Essentials

In this introductory Cinema 4D class, students will learn how to create 3D graphics to enhance their existing motion graphics skill set. Once acquainted with the interface and navigation tools, the emphasis will shift to creating, editing and shading text in 3D. Key frame animation will be covered, with an emphasis on creating dynamic camera movement. Prerequisite: 601, 610, 620


632 Intermediate Cinema 4D Techniques

In this follow up to our introductory course we add to our modeling toolset by learning how to create organic shapes. We learn some of the industry standard techniques for creating compelling text and how to create interesting animations using MoGraph and Deformers.

Prerequisites: 611, 621, 630


633 Cinema 4D Texturing and Compositing

In this intermediate class we learn the basics of multi-pass rendering and 3D compositing. We increase our ability to texture objects and we begin to explore the vast array of possibilities offered by MoGraph. Prerequisite: 632


634 Cinema 4D Advanced Rendering Techniques

In this advanced class we incorporate everything we’ve learned into several advanced projects. We put it all together into a finished product, where we add our final polish and finishing touches for a truly professional result. Prerequisite: 633

640 Storyboarding for Motion

Film and television have a language all their own.This course helps one learn to communicate and express themselves visually.Storyboarding is an integral part in the development of a project. Students learn the fundamentals of film language and how to apply them to heighten their story points and get an understanding of the whole project from start to finish. Students learn both practical, as well as economic aspects of effective storyboarding. A variety of techniques and technologies are discussed. Prerequisite: 607, 611, 621


641 Maya Essentials

This course covers Introduction to the Maya interface, 3D models using primitives, surfaces, curves (including nurbs and splines), shaders and textures, animation using keyframes and motion paths,surface deformations,introductions to forward and inverse kinematics,camera and lighting, rendering techniques, and intro to MEL.Prerequisite:610 and 620 are recommended.

650 Compositing and Rotoscoping for Film and Television

Compositing is the technique of blending a variety of separate video or still picture elements into a uniform, blended scene. One example of this would be placing a 3-D model of a spaceship into a supermarket parking lot. The resulting image is a success when the viewer believes that what they are seeing could be real.This course teaches those techniques as well as potential problems and how to overcome them. Rotoscoping is a process nearly as old as filmmaking itself. It is the art of extracting objects from an original film or video background so they can be composited into a new scene.This course covers several methods to accomplish rotoscoping and discusses the pros and cons of each technique. Prerequisite: 601, 605, 611, 621, 630

660 Adobe Premier Production Essentials

PPE is an intensive Adobe Premiere-centric class that includes all levels of editing, importing and exporting, Effects and application configuration. In addition to this, PPE includes the power workflow known as Dynamic linking between other essential production applications such as After Effects, Photoshop, Soundbooth and Encore. Avid and Final Cut Pro project migration will also be discussed.

670 Title Graphics for Film and Television

Intro to Adobe After Effects familiarizes students with the concepts of title graphics for film and television. This Title Graphics course takes the principles of design even further by exploring sophisticated title design in great detail. While viewing some of the industrys best examples, the class examines the concepts and teaches how the designs were constructed using a variety of techniques and software tools. Prerequisite: 603, 605, 611, 621

680 Media Delivery Essentials

Mastering compression and using compressed files to deliver anything from website content, streaming online media, DVD/Blu Ray design, client previews, and project packaging and transfer. Prerequisite:None

680F Media Delivery Essentials

This three day course covers current delivery methods of digital video content and aspects of distribution/advertising/monetization of that content. DVD Menu Design of standard DVDs, elements for Blu-Ray and authoring of standard DVDs with DVD Studio Pro will be covered. Compression types for digital delivery for online, mobile and portable devices will be discussed. A set of hosting/distribution sites will be explored along with adding in syndication, advertising/monetization methods of online and mobile video content. Prerequisite: 607, 611, 621, FCP300

​685 Promo Reel Essentials


930 Motion Graphics and 3D

In this course, students learn how to integrate 3D images into motion graphics projects as elements of design. Students learn to manage a 3D environment from within a motion graphics program such as Adobes After Effects.Flying logos, titles, and station IDs are just a small fraction of the possibilities for 3D effects.This course teaches students how to leverage many types of 3D objects that can add depth and impact to projects. Students discover how to move through 3D worlds from within Adobe After Effects. The course builds on skills learned in previous Adobe After Effects, and Maya classes. Prerequisite: 1201 or 630, 621