Learn Graphic Design Fundamentals & Build Your Portfolio
In this hands-on graphic design course, you will expand your knowledge of design concepts and processes while producing portfolio projects. This class focuses on how to design and assumes knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
Throughout the course, you'll produce several portfolio projects, including logos, social media graphics, stationery, book/eBook covers, album covers, event posters, and email announcements.
Assignments will be critiqued during class both by the instructor and during group critiques. You’ll incorporate the feedback into your work and finish the assignment in class, or outside of class as homework (you should expect to work outside of class). By the end of this class, we hope you’ll have at least five finished pieces for your portfolio.
Get Started with the Graphic Design Applications
See our full suite of graphic design classes: Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Learn any app you’re interested in, or learn them all to be a well rounded graphic designer. Then take this Graphic Design Bootcamp where you’ll put them into practice and become a better designer and start building your portfolio.
Noble Desktop is a leading design school in New York City, specializing in graphic design, web design, and UX/UI design. Since 1990, we have taught thousands of designers and freelancers the latest trends and applications. Advance your skills with hands-on classes and certifications, or customize a corporate training program for your team.
Design assignment: Choice of logo redesign for an existing company or create your own personal logo design.
Create two distinct design options for your logo.
Explore ideation and the creative design process
Logo exploration (Ritos del Sol, Vaya)
Learn logo drafting using the template feature in Illustrator
Introduction of Photoshop mock-ups
Sketching exercise. Learn to work quickly and creatively within fixed parameters.
What do colors mean?
How do designers use colors effectively
Color palettes: we will explore how to choose appropriate color palettes for different assignments
Design Assignment: Identity System
Finalize your logo to design an identity system using a "color study" and complimentary typeface. Use this visual system to either create a stationery design or social media graphics.
Design Assignment: Book/eBook Cover Redesign
Create either a book or eBook cover design for a re-issue of a famous piece of fiction. Use type and imagery to create a visually appealing cover that will entice a reader.
Historical Design Movements
Arts & Crafts
Design Assignment: Album Art Cover/Spotify Graphic
Create cover art for a band to be used for online purchases of music or streaming music services. Use a mixture of typography, imagery, and basic graphic elements, with consideration for different screen sizes and resolutions.
What goes first? Second? Last? And why?
Are there rules? How can we be creative within these rules?
We explore the who, what, where, when, and why of laying out information.
Learn about grid systems.
Design Assignment: Event Poster or Email Announcement
Students will design a poster or email announcement for an event. Designs should convey a concept relating to the subject, and use a clearly identifiable visual hierarchy.
Design Hero Slide Show
The instructor will show a brief slide show of past and present design visionaries
Portfolio Criteria & Revision
Ten points to consider when developing a professional Graphic Design portfolio.
Recommended book list
Revision, completion and collection of any final revised exercises or projects.
Subway Poster by Victoria Greiss
Brand Identity by Juliana Cooper
Book Cover by Juliana Cooper
Album Cover by Peter Lam
Rated NYC's Best Graphic Design Bootcamp
Learn the fundamentals of graphic design at Noble Desktop, a leading graphic design school in NYC since 1990, by learning the applications and creating several projects.
“Real world assignments that strengthen your creativity. ”
“Noble Desktop is a wonderful resource for aspiring graphic designers. I would recommend the immersive certificate course to anyone who is looking to brush up on their Adobe Creative Suite skills and get a jumpstart on compiling a portfolio.”
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“This is a thoughtfully organized, well paced and delivered, practical course—a sort of ‘finishing school’ for the graphic designer.”
Graphic Designer, American Thoracic Society
Attended the Graphic Design Fundamentals course
“From now on, when I think of “creative/graphics” training, I’ll think of Noble. I loved the patience, knowledge, and professionalism of the instructor. I learned so much I feel I can now teach it :) Can’t wait for my future classes.”
Instructional Systems Designer, Caliper Corp.
Learned the foundations of graphic design in Noble's design course
“Already working in the graphic design industry, this class was a great refresher course and helped me to remember why I chose to pursue graphic design as a career.”
Art Department Supervisor, Sherman Specialty
Learned key design concepts and processes in Graphic Design Fundamentals
“Alfred made each class very enjoyable. His energy and attitude made it easy to look forward to class each week. I recommend this course to anyone that is looking to learn more about Graphic Design. ”
“Graphic Design Fundamentals is a great class for new or experienced designers. Alfred gives a perfect synopsis of graphic design history, influential graphic designers and great creative examples. I left the class with exciting new portfolio pieces and I highly recommend this class.”
No. We provide computers (Mac or PC) with Adobe Creative Cloud installed. Choose your operating system at checkout.
What is the focus or goal of this course?
This course covers graphic design theory and techniques and helps participants develop and apply skills to projects. This course does not focus on how to use any particular design application.
If you are interested in learning professional design apps (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) in addition to developing portfolio projects (which you do in this class), we recommend our Graphic Design Certificate Program.
Do you offer discounts or a payment plan for this course?
10% Alumni Discount: Get 10% off this course if you’ve previously taken any 12+ hour course.
$100 Individuals Discount: Take $100 off this course if you’re an individual paying for yourself (you’re not being reimbursed by a company).
Discounts are applied at checkout (no promo code required) and will be verified after you place your order. Discounts are subject to change. Read our discount policies for more details.
This course is not eligible for a payment plan, which is only available for programs priced at $2,495 and above. Read our Payment Plan FAQ for more details.
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“Graphic Design Fundamentals is a great class for new or experienced designers. Alfred gives a perfect synopsis of graphic design history, influential graphic designers and great creative examples. I left the class with exciting new portfolio pieces and I highly recommend this class.” Victoria Greiss, Creative Director
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Design Real-World Projects
Learn the fundamentals of graphic design as you design and produce five real-world projects. Design and create a range of projects including a logo, social media graphics, books, album covers, stationery, and an event poster.