*Program has been approved for delivery by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB)
In quarter one students will be introduced to the fundamentals of design- both in traditional and digital mediums. Students will be introduced to the Adobe Suite of designer tools and will learn what makes compelling design. Age-old principles and modern techniques will be practiced and incorporated into a body of knowledge that will help students stand out as creative designers.
• Colour theory and design principles
• Introduction to both vector-based and raster-based digital design software (Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Photoshop)
• Drawing for design
• Creative thinking and conceptualization
• Introduction to typography
• Evolution of digital design
• Design trends
In quarter two students develop their creative and conceptual thinking, and more importantly, learn how to transfer that thinking into their work in a way that will appeal to their desired audience. Students will explore how art and design has evolved over the ages and continues to evolve today. They will learn how to utilize trends to be trendsetters themselves- and will expand their personal set of tools from the Adobe suite to web design tools as they become versatile digital designers.
• Introduction to web design. (Adobe Muse, Adobe Dreamweaver & Adobe XD)
• Introduction to HTML & CSS
• User experience design and user interface design UI/UX.
• User centered design methodologies.
• History and evolution of modern design.
• History of modern art.
• Concept design
• Intermediate vector design (Adobe Illustrator)
In quarter 3 students are guided and mentored to bring together a large-scale project as an individual and as a group. Students will deliver a project from concept through delivery that they can be proud of and will “wow” potential employers and design schools should they wish to further their education. They will create a portfolio at the end of the quarter that showcases them at their best and will open opportunities for them to become professionals that are sought after in the world of creative technology.
• Foundation capstone project.
• Portfolio development.
• Layout and composition. (Adobe InDesign)
• Intermediate HTML & CSS
• Intermediate raster-based image manipulation (Adobe Photoshop)
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Choose Sterling College to gain the relevant skills required to pursue careers in the computer-aided design and interactive media industries. Our programs reflect current market trends and our facilities come equipped with the tools and equipment you need to fully immerse yourself in a world of creativity.
Students with no experience start with our Foundations program, which provides students the opportunity to explore all elements of design, technology, and applied art in order to determine which career path they want to follow.
Graduates of our Foundation program or other equivalent post-secondary programs will embark on a one year (with no work experience) or two year (with work experience) journey that will have them focus on one of three areas: Interactive Design & Creative Technologies, Graphic Design, or Industrial (computer-aided) Design.
Graduates of Sterling College Creative Technology programs are positioned to enter careers as creative directors, production artists, mobile app developers, and graphic, layout or web designers to name a few.
In this course, students will explore the fundamentals of drawing such as line, form, shading, and perspective. Students will develop their compositional skills and their ability to use imagination and observation to communicate ideas through the art of drawing.
In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of image manipulation in a raster based software environment. Students will learn the vocabulary used to describe color in computing, how images are processed and how and when to use different image file formats. Students will also explore artistic color theory, and how to create color harmonies to express the mood or communicate function within their digital compositions.
In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of vector graphics creation. Students will design, create, and manipulate images for integration in publication layout and design, web output, use in other software packages, or immediate output. Topics include vector imaging tools, technical illustration, bitmap to vector conversion, typography, and output considerations.
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of design and how to identify the use of these principles in classic visual arts and contemporary design. Students will be required to implement their knowledge of the fundamental principles of design in iterative conceptual compositions which will form the basis of later digital design artworks. Critical thinking and problem-solving techniques will be applied to the ideation process in order that students arrive at suitable solutions for visual design challenges. Students will be required journal their visual ideation through the use of an organized sketchbook(s) which will be diligently maintained throughout the entire diploma.
This course will provide an intensive project-based introduction to interaction design, oriented toward practical methods for designing interactive systems. The goal of this course is to provide students with the skills necessary to design information system interfaces, through hands-on experience with the techniques and methods used in a professional design environment.
In this course, students will further their knowledge of vector graphics creation through a series of project-based lessons, which will integrate the use vector graphics within web & print design scenarios. Emphasis will be placed on the development of professional work practices, creative problem-solving techniques, and critical thinking skills. Competency will reflect a mastery and control of the technologies and an ability to apply learned skills to creative projects.
This course introduces students to the design & development of functional, user-friendly web sites. Student will learn to use HTML & CSS and ancillary design software to produce functioning web sites. Emphasis will be placed on the development of professional work practices and organization. Students will be required to utilize user centered design knowledge in designing appealing user experiences.
This course provides students with a history of ideas and their expression in design. Particular attention is paid to the interrelationship between form and culture and the broad social and environmental circumstances in which design responses arise.
This course provides students with a studio space and structured ideation framework in which to explore design concepts for their pursuant Design Project course. The work produced in this course will form the foundation for the first-year portfolio and as such it will be ambitious, thoughtful and reflective. Emphasis will be placed on the development of professional work practices, creative problem-solving techniques and critical thinking skills.
Layout design will build upon core principles of design and serve as an in-depth look at the grid system in order to create effective and aesthetically pleasing layouts which engage the audience in a clear and concise manner. Projects will include developing concepts and creating posters, event fliers, brochures, and menus as well as self-promotional material.
In this course, students will further their knowledge of image manipulation in a raster based software environment Additionally students will learn the basics of camera operation, exposure, and high dynamic range photography. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of photographic examples and comparisons with student work. Students will be required to demonstrate an ability to select suitable photographic assets for use in varying design scenarios.
This is a project-based course which focuses on students creating well-structured and organized websites with robust and reliable code. Students will also be introduced to database driven web publishing platforms. Students will be required to utilize effective search engine optimization practices.
In this course students will develop their proposed project from Concept Design under the guidance of a mentor. Students will engage each other in peer review and refine their projects to better achieve the desired impact on their target audiences. The goal will be to create a seminal piece which will form the basis of their foundation diploma portfolio and as such should be ambitious, thoughtful and reflective. Emphasis will be placed on the development of professional work practices, creative problem-solving techniques and critical thinking skills.
Colin is a Senior Developer with over 10 years experience. Highly skilled problem solver with keen analytical skills. Effective communicator with an outgoing personality and experience in teaching and mentoring. Strong web development background with a Masters of Science degree in Design & Digital Media from the University of Edinburgh.
Adam is a design expert who has many years of experience as an instructor and professional within the digital communications industry, working for top clients such as Nike, Disney, GE, Mercedes, and Lululemon. He has also been featured on stage as a lecturer at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference as well as the Google I/O conference in San Fransisco. His past students and colleagues have described him as down-to-earth and enthusiastic, with a fresh take on thinking like a designer and the importance of context and process.
Students are required to have one of the following pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment into a Sterling College Diploma or Certificate program:
If English is not your first language, students will be required to have the pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment into this program. Please see our International Students page for more details.