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GFX | Graphic Design

Branding. Graphics. Illustration. Design.

GFX: Graphic Design ProjectThe goal of the GFX | Graphic Design program is focused on teaching students how to produce and present print and digital graphic design work and graphic art in a professional client/designer environment, with a focus on logos, company branding, illustrations, still and motion graphics, and web design.

Students are taught the basics of print and web design utilizing Adobe Creative Suite® design software. Students alter images in Photoshop, create images in Illustrator and animate with motion graphics, prepare layouts using InDesign, and create websites in Dreamweaver while developing a sound understanding of design fundamentals.

The program also assists students in developing an understanding of job search principles, techniques and strategies appropriate to the industry.

Successful graduates of the GFX | Graphics Design program will:

  • Visually communicate concepts and ideas for print and web design
  • Produce and present work acceptable for a professional client/designer environment 
  • Create vector artwork by designing layers, tracing and freehand illustration, and using color and gradients
  • Format and design press-ready pieces with images and typography in Adobe InDesign
  • Design, create, host and maintain a website using basic Extensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and JavaScript
  • Brand and represent companies via web and social media

Professional Resources. Online and On Campus.

Graphic Art ClassroomLocated in Southfield, Michigan, the Specs Howard Graphic Design program offers Metro Detroit students a blended curriculum that mixes online learning with twice-a-week courses taught by industry professionals.

GFX |Graphic Design classes are held at the main campus in Southfield, Michigan where students have access to the school's Learning Resource Center and the Graphic Design Lab's Wi-Fi, color printing, mat supplies, and graphics production room. And GFX program textbooks provide students a head start in creating their personal graphic design reference library.

All GFX | Graphic Design program students are provided an Apple MacBook Pro loaded with Adobe design software as part of the Specs Howard Access to Resources for Education (SHARE) program

Learn more about the GFX | Graphic Design Curriculum

To learn more about studying at Specs Howard School of Media Arts, request information or schedule a tour, please call us at 866.61.SPECS

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