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Intro to Design Fundamentals

design fundamentals classIntroduction to Design Fundamentals is an orientation to digital design with emphasis on the history and the basic principles of digital design using key computer graphics tools. Having the vernacular, knowledge and skill to execute a creative vision is critical to a project’s success especially for roles ranging from project managers to production designers.

This class is essential for all students looking to be successful in the design world.  While many of our other classes at DWC teach you the technical skills of the newest design programs, this class focuses on design principles to ensure that you understand how to answer the most important question of all: “what is good design?“.

Taught by local graphic designers, Introduction to Design Fundamentals is one of our most popular classes to help you stay on top of design trends and apply them to your digital projects.

Class Objective: You will use analog and digital tools to apply design elements to a composition using solid design principles. You will explore examples of good and bad design, and learn to critique designs with industry standard terminology in order to develop your eye for effective design.

Target Student: This is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no experience with Adobe Creative tools, or for those who have experience with the Adobe tools but wish to develop a better eye for effective design.

Performance-Based Objectives
Upon successful completion of this design fundamentals class, students will be able to:

  • Use analog and digital tools to apply design elements to a composition using solid design principles.
  • Learn to effectively receive and deliver critique with the goal of improving a design’s ability to communicate visually to its audience.

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Computers or equivalent knowledge.

Course Materials: No. 2 Pencils (optional)

Training Type: Instructor led, hands-on, intensive classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.  Available for Private or Group Sessions.

Class Includes

  • Professional Textbook
  • Free access to CoWorking space on class days (FC Only)
  • One month of technical support
  • One year for a free re-take (for attended students of public classes only)
  • Certificate of Completion

Class Info:

  • Classroom equipped with computers and software
  • 7 hours of training
  • Additional coursework to be completed outside of class time may be assigned
  • Breaks are taken throughout each session
  • Class size limited
  • Target Audience: Beginner

Financial Aid

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Terms and Conditions

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Certificate Program
This course is part of one of the DWC Certification Programs and Bootcamps.

Available Classes


Dates/Times Information
Mon 3-12-2018
   9:00am - 12:30pm
Wed 3-14-2018
   9:00am - 12:30pm

Live Classes

Price: $289.00
Space Available: 15 seat(s)
Location: Digital Workshop Center - Ft. Collins - View Map
Classroom: Classroom

Course Closing Date: 3-10-2018
Instructor(s): Brian Wilke

Online Available

Price: $299.00
Space Available(Online): 5 seat(s)
Location: Online
Choose Location: Digital Workshop Center - Ft. Collins - Online
Interested in scheduling a private training session? If the public class schedule above does not meet your availability, please contact us.

Other 1-ON-1 and Group Training Options

Private Class - Contact us for pricing and scheduling

Custom, Hourly Training - Submit a Consulting Request