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Course # Course Title Credits Instructor Cost
CSGD 254 Photoshop I 1.5 credits Kenneth Morgan $630

Section A Meets 9/13/2016 to 12/6/2016 on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

This immersive seminar covers the basic tips and techniques in color correction, retouching, montaging, and image manipulation. Students will work with brushes, layers, masks, styles, blending modes, and more to create unique imagery. Best practices will be covered in working, managing, saving, and exporting Photoshop files for use in other Adobe applications. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience. Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class. No class on October 18. Instructor: Randy Morgan, owner of Studio IX, has worked with interactive design, print media, and digital imaging since 1992. He is also an exhibiting artist, working with traditional and digital media. His works can be found in private collections throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
CSGD 306 Illustrator 1 1.5 credits Kenneth Morgan $630

Section A Meets 9/15/2016 to 12/8/2016 on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

This course will introduce students to the vector-based application widely used by professionals today in illustration, graphic design, technical drawing, animation, and motion graphics. Learn how to set up art boards, draw shapes and lines, use the Pen tool, and work with color and gradients, fills and strokes, and type effects to create incredible artworks. Best practices will be covered in working, managing, saving, and exporting Illustrator files for use in other Adobe applications. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience. Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class. No class on November 24. Instructor: Randy Morgan, owner of Studio IX, has worked with interactive design, print media, and digital imaging since 1992. He is also an exhibiting artist, working with traditional and digital media. His works can be found in private collections throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
CSGD 309 Adobe InDesign 1 1.5 credits Patricia Moore $630

Section A Meets 9/19/2016 to 12/12/2016 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

This introductory course examines the capabilities of this popular document and design program, covering how to create designs for print and cross media publishing. Students will create brochures, business cards, and promotional materials for both print and web through assignments in class with critique and homework. Prerequisites: Basic computer experience and typing skills. Note: Students should bring a USB flash drive to transport their works to and from class. No class on October 17. Instructor: Trish Moore holds a BFA with Honors in Graphic Design from MICA. An award-winning graphic designer and illustrator for more than 25 years, her clients include DuPont, Sallie Mae, University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins. Trish has been an adjunct instructor for more than 25 years.
CSPD 208 Typography and Photography 1.5 credits Jane Rubini $630

Section A Meets 9/13/2016 to 12/6/2016 on Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.

This class helps students understand how typography best integrates with photographic imagery in the real world. Students learn best practices when combining words and pictures with class assignments to fine-tune their typographic knowledge and basic design skills. Discussions include: Understanding typography basics, free fonts and online typographic resources, introduction to InDesign as a type tool, and how to tackle issues of readability, design, and balance when adding headlines, lyrics, poetry, and other copy to visual imagery. Note: Students need to bring a zip drive to class. All levels welcome.No class on October 18. Instructor: Jane Rubini is the principal and creative director/designer at Rubini Creative and a coordinator for Open Studies curriculum at MICA. Her work for Evian, Gourmet magazine, Nintendo, and Laughing Cow Cheese garnered her national Clio and Addy awards.
CSPD 253 Professional Practice in Art: Strategies for Independent Working Artists 3 credits Elizabeth Robinson $1560

Section A Meets 8/29/2016 to 12/12/2016 on Monday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

This seminar class on professional practices in the art world today will conduct an overview of the business of art, strategic planning, goal setting, social media/branding online, creating publishing and exhibition opportunities, grant proposals, and the marketing of art. Students will gain professional practice skills and learn tools necessary to survive in the real art world. Note: No class September 5 and October 17. Instructor: E. Brady Robinson is a photographer, writer, and author of Pocket Guide to Self-Publishing for Artists. She is also Contributing Writer for Professional Artist Magazine where she covers opportunities for emerging artists, contemporary photography, and the international art market. She received her BFA in photography from MICA and her MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
CSPD 265 Introduction to Information Visualization 2 credits Samantha French $840

Section A Meets 9/17/2016 to 10/29/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

This introductory class will explore the types of powerful, data-driven visual narratives that are becoming more in demand across industries. Students will be introduced to data and design strategies used to create compelling print and digital visual stories. This class is intended for non-designers interested in understanding basic tools and skills involved in information visualization. Prerequisites: Students should have basic working knowledge of MS Office or Google Apps tools, such as presentation and spreadsheet applications, plus some Adobe Creative Suite familiarity. Note: There is significant work outside of class for this credit-bearing course to produce several pieces for students’ portfolios. No class on October 15. Instructor: Samantha French pushes boundaries of data and information design, art, and science. Her research builds on work with the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, where she developed a process to quantify and visualize qualitative data as a tool to explore the connection between collaboration and discovery. Samantha is a graduate of MICA’s Information Visualization masters program, holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Salisbury University, and has been practicing as a designer for the past decade.
NCPD 112 Creative Marketplace: If I Make It, Will They Come? 0 credits Samuel Hopkins $200

Section A Meets 9/17/2016 to 10/8/2016 on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

In today’s booming enterprise economy and tech-savvy environment, businesses are popping up everywhere. However, not all will survive and it is often due to lack of market research. This course will lead students through crucial questions to ask when considering whether to start a business and how to find the answers to determine if there is even a viable product or service before making the leap. Students will be introduced to tools and practices that explore how to research for market viability; develop a value proposition for a product or service; determine customer segments; and understand entities and how to register a business. Instructor: Sam Hopkins is a researcher and entrepreneur based in Baltimore who has worked with startups and medium-size companies around the world, as well as U.S. Army laboratories, to develop business strategies. He is a graduate of the Global MBA program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he concentrated his studies in entrepreneurship and health care. He is currently Senior Business Analyst for Strategy at Evergreen Health Cooperative, a Maryland insurance company created as a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
NCPD 223 Foundations of UX Design 0 credits - TBA $200

Section A Meets 9/17/2016 to 10/8/2016 on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

This class offers an introduction to the principles of user experience (UX) vital in today’s tech-focused marketplace. Students learn the basics of creating prototypes, wireframes, and mock-ups, as well as take a look at job estimation, resource allocation, and project management. This class is a sneak-peek for newcomers into the UX designer’s role and the dynamic nature of this new profession. All levels welcome. Instructor: Glennette Clark is founder and CDO of Lazy Smart Consulting and producer of UXCamp DC, Mobile UXCamp DC, and UXCamp NYC. She is an educator and advocate dedicated to evangelizing the value of design in all areas of business. Glennette also serves as Director of Marketing and Communications for UXPA International and Executive Director for DCWW’s GROW (Girls Rock on the Web). She has BA in Journalism from Howard University and Strategic Design MBA from Philadelphia University.
NCPD 225 Mobile Design 0 credits - TBA $200

Section A Meets 9/17/2016 to 10/8/2016 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

This seminar explores the interactive capabilities of different devices and how to best communicate interactive ideas for specific devices. Spend a day exploring the state of Mobile and Interactive design. On the second Saturday, students create simple interactive designs suitable for portfolio use. All design levels welcome. Prerequisite: Basic skills in InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator. Note: Students should bring a portable zip drive to class.