Top Chicago Visual Design Courses

Find the perfect Visual Design class for you in Chicago. We’ve found 47 courses available in-person or live online with class duration ranging from 6 hours to 5 days and pricing ranging from $250 to $3,800.

  • General Assembly Visual Design Course

    This visual design course is a flexible program meant to help individuals with little to no prior experience get exposure and learn how to create stunning digital products. Through their blended learning model, students will gain access to pre-learning and setup videos to hit the ground running. Students in this course will gain the ability to use visual techniques to guide influence customer emotions, communicate simple solutions, and center attention with layouts and patterns. This course will also give students a better understanding of using typeface to convey meaning, improve messaging, understand the psychology of color, and use visual communication best practices to make sure your message resonates with key stakeholders. This course is punctuated with a final project where students showcase their visual design knowledge through a production-ready mockup to be displayed on a dynamic web page.

    In-person @ 444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL Also available online
    • $2,800
    • 32 Hours
    • Weekdays or Evenings
    • Beginner
  • Noble Desktop Visual Design Certificate

    In this 96-hour certificate program, participants will learn the skills needed to become a well rounded digital designer, capable of designing websites, logos, social media graphics, and more. Attendees start by learning industry-standard apps such as Sketch, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Students then learn and implement design fundamentals such as design theory, composition, typography, color, web design standards, and more. Attendees will learn the skills needed to start a career as a visual designer and walk away with projects they can use in a portfolio to show prospective employers or clients. The program includes a free retake and several step-by-step workbooks.

    Available live online (virtual training) from anywhere
    • $3,800
    • 96 Hours
    • Evenings
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • Noble Desktop Sketch Bootcamp

    In this 12-hour class, participants will learn how to use Sketch for UI and UX design. Students will thoroughly learn Sketch’s features (such as artboards, symbols, styles, and more) so they can design websites, apps, or digital graphics. Once the visual design is complete, attendees will learn how to convert it into a working prototype to show clients or for user testing (using both Sketch’s native prototyping features as well as InVision). Finally, participants will learn how to send designs to clients and developers using an easy to share web link generated through the Sketch Cloud. The class includes a free retake and a step-by-step workbook.

    Available live online (virtual training) from anywhere
    • $650
    • 12 Hours
    • Weekdays, Evenings, or Weekends
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • General Assembly Visual Design Bootcamp

    This visual design course is a beginner-friendly bootcamp designed for individuals who aspire to uncover some of the programs and practices used by expert digital designers. Students who participate in this bootcamp will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign as well as learning how to apply some generally accepted rules for incorporating typography and color theory to be pleasing to the viewer. Students will also learn some of the theory behind UX and UI design, the various stages of the digital design process, and how to design for impact in a range of mediums, including print, websites, and social media.

    In-person @ 444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL Also available online
    • $250
    • 7 Hours
    • Weekdays or Weekends
    • Beginner
  • Noble Desktop Sketch in a Day

    In this 6-hour class, participants will learn the important fundamentals of Sketch in order to feel comfortable using the design software right away. Students will learn Sketch’s features so they can design websites, apps, or any digital graphic. Attendees will learn about artboards, symbols, and exporting graphics to send over to developers. The class includes a free retake and a step-by-step workbook.

    Available live online (virtual training) from anywhere
    • $325
    • 6 Hours
    • Weekdays, Evenings, or Weekends
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • Noble Desktop Sketch Advanced

    In this 6-hour advanced level class, students will advance their Sketch skills to the next level. Students will learn how to convert a visual design into a working prototype to show clients or for user testing (using both Sketch’s native prototyping features as well as InVision). Students will also learn how to send designs to clients and developers using an easy to share web link generated through the Sketch Cloud. Attendees will also learn advanced capabilities of symbols, how to reuse design elements with shared libraries, how to draw vectors within Sketch, and more. The class includes a free retake and a step-by-step workbook.

    Available live online (virtual training) from anywhere
    • $325
    • 6 Hours
    • Weekdays, Evenings, or Weekends
    • Intermediate
    • Free Retake
  • Training Connection Illustrator 2020 Quickstart

    This 1-day beginner class will give students the skills they need to begin using Adobe Illustrator. Intended for aspiring graphic designers and marketers, this course will teach students the basics of this software. Students will learn how to use the Pen Tool, work with vector graphics, design icons, and export their work to the web. With in-person instruction from professionals, students will quickly gain the confidence to use this powerful tool.

    In-person @ 230 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL
    • $495
    • 1 Day
    • Weekdays
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • Training Connection Illustrator 2020 Fundamentals

    This 3-day fundamentals course will teach students to use Adobe Illustrator effectively. Guided by professionals in a face-to-face learning experience, students will learn how to design icons, use swatches and complex shapes, and create vectors and multiple graphic elements. Students will also learn how to use the Pathfinder Panel and WARP Tools. Real-world projects will give students relevant skills that they can immediately use.

    In-person @ 230 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL
    • $1,195
    • 3 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • Training Connection Illustrator 2020 Advanced

    For those ready for the next level, this advanced course in Adobe Illustrator is a 2-day, in-person program that ensures mastery of this powerful tool. Through real-world projects and instruction from professionals in the field, students will learn advanced illustrator skills. These skills include: how to design infographics, create vector 3D art, work with typography, use Blending Modes, and navigate the Might Appearance Panel. By learning the proper workflows, students will learn how to maximize their use of Adobe Illustrator.

    In-person @ 230 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL
    • $895
    • 2 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Intermediate
    • Free Retake
  • Training Connection Photoshop 2020 Quickstart

    This single-day face-to-face course teaches the basics you need to use Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to use the program to retouch images, create effects, and prepare images for print. Professional instructors will guide students as they learn Photoshop shortcuts, tools, and functions. All students will create a movie poster by the end of the day-long session.

    In-person @ 230 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL
    • $495
    • 1 Day
    • Weekdays
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • Training Connection Photoshop 2020 Fundamentals

    This 3-day course teaches foundational skills in Adobe Photoshop 2020. Taught by Photoshop professionals, students will learn how to create, edit, and manipulate images, composite graphics, and retouch photos. By the final day of the course, students will know how to use Photoshop to create a video workflow, add smart filters and special effects, and design assets for social media. The final project involves the conversion of an image from peaceful to frightening, using many of the program’s graphic editing features.

    In-person @ 230 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL
    • $1,195
    • 3 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • Training Connection Photoshop 2020 Advanced

    This advanced course in Adobe Photoshop 2020 will give students master-level skills. Students will learn techniques for color grading using curves, retouching, liquefication, displacement, and blending. They will practice working in perspective, creating lighting effects, compositing with color, and working with Adobe Camera Raw. This program relies on face-to-face instruction from experienced professionals to help students master the software.

    In-person @ 230 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL
    • $895
    • 2 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Intermediate
    • Free Retake
  • ONLC Training Centers Adobe Photoshop Core Skills: Level 1

    This introductory Photoshop course is meant to get students comfortable in the Photoshop interface while exercising new core skills in the process. Students can further their journey in mastering Photoshop by being introduced to selection tools, layering, and how to edit masks and channels. This course can help anyone strengthen their core skills and learn retouching, resolution, cropping, and adjusting color and tone.

    Live online with optional computer lab access @ 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
    • $795
    • 2 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
  • ONLC Training Centers Adobe Photoshop Core Skills: Level 2

    This 2-day advanced Photoshop course is an builds off the beginner course and has students learning real-world 'tips and tricks.' Students will dive into more advanced concepts inspired by the Level 1 course to continue to build up their Photoshop skills.

    Live online with optional computer lab access @ 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
    • $1,195
    • 3 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Advanced
    • Free Retake
  • ONLC Training Centers Adobe Illustrator Core Skills: Level 1

    This 2-day beginner class in Adobe Illustrator kicks off the course by thoroughly reviewing the illustrator interface and then merging into teaching new skills that can be found behind more complex drawings. Students will discover the skills behind using tools, panels, customizing and saving workspaces, setting up and saving document presets, using multiple artboards, and navigating the different elements when creating illustrations. The lessons are created to teach you the basics behind Adobe Illustrator and prepare you for more advanced content.

    Live online with optional computer lab access @ 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
    • $795
    • 2 Days
    • Weekdays
    • Beginner
    • Free Retake
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