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Summer courses are short, often intense classes that are held over the traditional summer break between semesters. They can be used to fill in classes that are missing for a student’s degree or simply to enhance a student’s knowledge.

What is a summer course in visual design? Visual design is the process by which a graphic designer uses visual elements to create usable content in an aesthetically pleasing arrangement on a web page. Different aspects of design pull together to produce a cohesive, attractive web presence that enhances the user’s experience. Visual design is an ever-growing aspect of graphic and web design, and should be one of the cornerstones upon which the web designer’s portfolio rests. It’s the link between a website that is usable and one that is a joy to use.

A summer course in visual design can add much to the repertoire of a web designer. A student will likely find that career and salary opportunities will increase upon completion of the program.

Cost for such a program will vary depending upon the school and the country where the school is located. Online classes might assist the student in keeping costs low and should certainly not be ignored.

Careers in web design will only continue to grow as the world moves toward more virtual communication. Students might find themselves working in any field and on either end of the consumerism spectrum, from manufacturing to distribution to repair and maintenance, and onward. They might be tasked with the whole of a company’s graphic design, or just the website design. Alternatively, they may choose to focus solely on web design through entrepreneurship or work with a small business.

Students may choose to seek out a classroom setting for their summer course, or an online only option. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in Visual Design

Summer School at Bauhaus University Weimar

Design Thinking is a process for creating elegant user-centered solutions in multidisciplinary teams. But it’s much more than that: it is a mindset — another way of tackl ... [+]

»DESIGN THINKING« THE MINDSET OF HUMAN-CENTERED INNOVATION Design Thinking is a process for creating elegant user-centered solutions in multidisciplinary teams. But it’s much more than that: it is a mindset — another way of tackling challenges: empathetic and hands-on. Don’t talk, do! Implemented in daily work, the problem-solving potential of Design Thinking finds its expression in the form of a living innovation culture. This is, even more, the case when truly desirable solutions are sought. How this works in detail can be experienced in this workshop. In this two weeks you will experience and learn core competencies for your work in creative and innovative fields. You will go through the whole Design Thinking process multiple times in small teams. It starts with understanding the challenge, doing field research, to find a point of view; ideate on your insights to create prototypes and test your solution with users. You and your team are the most valuable resources. It is important to broach conflicts, create dynamics and make use of the different team competences for the right tasks. Therefore, we give guidance and tutorials full of creative methods — like idea-typing and brain-swarming — which you will use freely and extensively to provoke a lot of ideas. Design Thinking is structured, quick and dirty. It is always time-timed, which enforces quick decision making, in order to push for wild and spontaneous ideas. This mood is perfect to come up with truly innovative solutions for products or services. The goal is to become... [-]

Germany Weimar
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Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Summer School at Bauhaus University Weimar

At the start of this course we visit an art exhibition and research the accompanying media, such as catalogues, website, flyers etc. Based on your experience you develop ... [+]

»RE.ACTION – ARTISTIC DIALOGUES«

BE INSPIRING AND GET INSPIRED - SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE - AND GET NEW WORK DONE!

At the start of this course we visit an art exhibition and research the accompanying media, such as catalogues, website, flyers etc. Based on your experience you develop an artwork responding to the exhibition. You are free to choose your preferred media, such as drawing, typography, photography, installation etc., and are encouraged to blend them.

At the following step each work rotates to another student and acts thereupon as a starting point for his/her new artistic response. This rotation principle varies by a defined schedule during the 2-week-term regarding space, time, rhythm, media or team partners. We discuss how the results interdependent, what media qualities emerge, and how to create image documentation of the process that is adequate to the individual results.... [-]

Germany Weimar
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Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Summer School at Bauhaus University Weimar

The course is made up of three parts and aims at interdisciplinary experiences of design principles like balance, tension, contrast, proportion, variation and so on. ... [+]

»MOVING TRACES: DESIGN ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES«

DISCOVER, FIND OUT AND DESIGN!

The course is made up of three parts and aims at interdisciplinary experiences of design principles like balance, tension, contrast, proportion, variation and so on.

In the first section we work two- and three-dimensional, black&white, with paper, cutter, pen, light and the elements dot and line. It is about simple abstract exercises for the perception of the effects of design principles. In the second part you will learn to create visual movement and interaction with computer. In analogy to a Bauhaus teaching method we integrate short-time body movements. Works of Bauhaus artists from media or stage will inspire you for the last section: designing an own visual moving story about elements and principles as a picture, object, a series, animation, performance or similar.... [-]

Germany Weimar
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Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid

Design Experience Summer Course's students will learn about the methodology used in the design process and will master the use of the necessary tools to deal with cross-d ... [+]

THIS COURSE IN HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

The Design Experience Summer Course is made up of four one-week indipendent workshops, each one focusing on a design area.

Students will develop their creative abilities with experimental workshops within the following disciplines: fashion design, interior design, product design and graphic design.

Design Experience Summer Course's students will learn about the methodology used in the design process and will master the use of the necessary tools to deal with cross-disciplinary projects.

Aimed at: Individuals looking to complement and enrich their artistic education under the direction of experienced and renowned professionals, developing their creativity in a practical and intensive way through multidisciplinary projects.... [-]

Spain Madrid
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Full-time
1 month
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid

This course is a one-week workshop related with visual arts. Learn to develop visual concepts and create content for digital media! ... [+]

THIS COURSE IS HELD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGEThe term 'storytelling' is used in a narrow sense to refer specifically to oral storytelling and nowadays it refers also to narrative techniques in other media.

We live in a world surrounded by stories. All the images that we receive make part of a story designed to generate a link with us and make them memorable. Each campaign, each poster, each picture, each logo, can tell a great story.

This one-week workshop will help students to gain a deep understanding of visual language and learn how to develop a concept that can be told on different platforms.

Goals

Understand the fundamentals of transmedia storytelling Develope conc... [-]
Spain Madrid
July 2020
Full-time
1 week
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid

The Design Experience Summer Program is made up of four one-week workshops, each one focusing on a design area. ... [+]

THIS PROGRAM IS TAUGHT IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH

The Design Experience Summer Program is made up of four one-week workshops, each one focusing on a design area.

Students will develop their creative abilities with experimental workshops within the following disciplines: fashion design, product design, interior design and graphic design.

Students will learn about the methodology used in design process and will master the use of the necessary tools to deal with transverse projects. They will also have the chance to study with renowned professionals.

Aimed at: Individuals looking to complement and enrich their artistic education under the direction of experienced professionals, developing their creativity in a practical and intensive way through multidisciplinary projects.... [-]

Spain Madrid
July 2020
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
Arts University Bournemouth - Summer Courses

Through a combination of theory, workshops, and practical projects, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of design including line, tone, colour theory, layout design, ... [+]

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27th July-7th August 2020

Through a combination of theory, workshops, and practical projects, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of design including line, tone, colour theory, layout design, composition, type and image across digital and paper-based formats. With an emphasis on ideas-based problem solving, you’ll develop your critical awareness of visual communication and tackle typographic and design projects. You’ll also explore a variety of illustration methods and techniques to enhance your understanding of the design process and effectively communicate ideas in 2D and 3D forms.

You’ll enhance your abilities, confidence and understanding of photography in a range of creative contexts with the opportunity to explore composition, subject matter and lighting with a variety of photographic equipment, accessories and image editing software. You’ll look also at social, historical and theoretical issues surrounding visual communication, learning how to best create a story, respond to a professional brief and develop your own signature photographic style.... [-]

United Kingdom Bournemouth
July 2020
Part-time
2 weeks
Campus