Concept Art

Learn how to translate your ideas into physical reality.

Concept art can be defined as a form of illustration that is used to convey an idea before it is put into final production, although the skills learned can be used to produce finished art as well such as high end illustration and digital painting. It has application in film, game design, industrial design and other creative industries and can be used for anything from designing objects to developing characters, vehicles, scenes and environments.

Techniques covered in this course are conceptualising, sketching, building visual libraries, working in perspective, constructing basic anatomy and digital painting.

A large portion of the course is devoted to working in Photoshop and mastering digital painting techniques, from the fundamentals such as basic form construction and texturing to more complex ideas like working with color and light. Students will use graphic tablets to replicate class exercises driven by an experienced instructor in order to build up a solid set of fundamentals for more complex work. Students are then taught different workflows for completing concept art from start to finish including drawing based workflows and working with forms and silhouettes for speed.

This evening class is for the visually inclined. It is for anyone that would like to develop their visual awareness, imagination and upgrade their technical skills to help them visualise and render their ideas. It is for anyone that has marveled at digital art and now wants to take steps in creating their own.

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Course Requirements

Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:


Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have useable knowledge of the following:

  • Building visual libraries
  • Conceptualising
  • Working in perspective
  • Basic anatomy construction
  • Digital painting techniques
  • Specialised industry tips and techniques
  • Different workflows to create concept art

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Pricing also available for customised, on-site and group training.

Adobe InDesign

Learn to create visually stunning and functional layouts with Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is best described as a long document application that makes creating complex documents an easy task. In a graphic design setting, InDesign seamlessly integrates photo manipulations and vector art created in Photoshop and Illustrator and can be considered not only as software that assembles them, but also as an independent layout package on its own. InDesign can be used for small and large projects. It is simple enough to generate posters or business cards, but is powerful enough to layout books or magazines, as well as set them up for reproduction.

Although InDesign features a host of tools aimed towards publishing for print, it is also fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the electronic publishing and web fields, and is no longer only used for print materials. Features like styles, preflighting and master pages are what make Adobe InDesign such a powerful long document application. In this course, not only will we cover the InDesign essentials, but some specialised tricks of the trade presented by an experienced lecturer. On its completion, you should not only be comfortable using InDesign to layout your documents, but have some insight into interactive design and have a foundation going into development for devices such as smartphones and iPads.


Course Requirements

Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Basic Computer Skills for PC/Mac.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have useable knowledge of the following:

  • Navigation and management of InDesign documents
  • Managing colours and gradients
  • Creation of custom art from in InDesign
  • Work with and manage external graphics
  • Create and edit text
  • Application of effects and styles
  • Management of pages and masters
  • Set up of basic interactive design
  • Export PDFs for printing purposes

 

Pricing also available for customised, on-site and group training.

Content Management Systems

Learn to design and develop websites with an industry trusted CMS WordPress

The server-side scripting evening course consists of a series of lectures and practical workshops aimed at developing the necessary skills to create and maintain database-driven web pages.
The learner will be introduced to an HTML preprocessor (PHP) and databases (MySQL) in order to modularize and cater content to user requests. He/she will also be introduced to content management systems (CMS) and discover how they are created and used to help the client take care of their own content.
This course provides an in-depth focus on installing and customising content for one of the world’s most popular CMSs, WordPress. By using some server and client side scripting knowledge, the learner will go on to build a customised template in order to present their own design powered by the WordPress platform.


Course Requirements

Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:


Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have usable knowledge of the following:

  • Successfully install and use an Apache and MySQL testing server
  • Know how to write clean and syntactically correct PHP
  • Gain introductory knowledge about advanced PHP functions
  • Successfully be able to use a combination of part of the PHP code to create custom functionality.
  • Be able to install the WordPress CMS and manage content
  • Be able to customize an existing WordPress theme
  • Envision and create a custom WordPress theme using HTML/CSS, PHP and JavaScript

Pricing also available for customised, on-site or group training.

 

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful, versatile tool for creating illus­trations for print & web

Adobe Illustrator is a multi-purpose application for creating artwork suitable for both screen and print graphics. It is a primarily vector based program which will allow you to create detailed and scalable art for almost any use.

In graphic design, Illustrator is used to create anything from logos and business cards, to advertisements and posters. In a fashion design setting, Illustrator has become quite popular in the creation of technical drawings and renders, due to its specialised brushes and patterns. Whatever your intention, this course covers not only the Illustrator essentials, but explores a host of features that sets Illustrator apart from other vector graphic packages.


Course Requirements

Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Basic Computer Skills for PC/Mac.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have useable knowledge of the following:

  • Navigating the Illustrator work environment
  • Creation and management of documents and artboards
  • Working with colour, gradients and patterns
  • Creation & manipulation of vector objects
  • Working with strokes and brushes
  • Managing & importing artwork
  • Advanced object creation and manipulation
  • Creation of text within a graphic enviroment
  • Management and application of effects & styles
  • Setting up of vector art in perspective
  • Export pdfs for printing purposes

Pricing also available for customised, on-site and group training.

 

Adobe Photoshop

Master the world’s most advanced image manipulation software

Adobe Photoshop is a multi-purpose application for creating artwork suitable for both screen and print graphics. It is a primarily used for the creation and manipulation of pixel-based images, for instance in editing high detail photographs. Photoshop can be used for practically anything image related, which includes photo manipulation, image retouching and correction, special effects, digital illustrations or the creation of artwork starting with a blank canvas. Its uses extend from altering a facial expression or body shape, to creating a user interface or buttons for the web.

In this course, not only will you learn the Photoshop essentials, but some unique insights as to what you can achieve combining the various tools you learn. On its completion, you should feel comfortable using the software to edit and manipulate your own images as well as be able to create your own art. In a graphic design environment, Photoshop forms an essential part of the print design suite which includes Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat, although is also extensively used in a variety of different industries, wherever images need to be processed. It is considered by many to be one of the most popular products in the Adobe range.


Course Requirements

Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Basic Computer Skills for PC/Mac.

Course objectives

By the end of the course students will have useable knowledge of the following:

  • Navigation and management of Photoshop documents
  • Editing documents & working with layers
  • Creating and using selections
  • Custom art creation
  • Image correction
  • Using adjustments to alter images
  • Create and edit text
  • Application of filters & styles
  • Specialised features such as Content Aware Scale, Auto-Align, Auto-Blend and Puppet Warp
  • Saving and exporting of the various associated file formats

Pricing also available for customised, on-site and group training.

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