Friends of Design - Academy of Digital Arts

Introduction

Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts was founded 2006 and has enjoyed much success as one of Cape Town’s leading digital training institutions.

We, at Friends of Design, pride ourselves on being committed to exceptionally high training standards in all arenas. We are committed to training quality and have enjoyed and maintained national and international industry accreditations since the outset.

We are an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), a Certiport Authorised Testing Centre, as well as a recognised centre of Higher Education registered with the Department of Higher Education.

Our close ties to the international and, especially, the European design industry offer additional advantages to our learners.

Our tutors bring a unique energy to the classroom and complement the instruction of our industry experienced local lecturers. With all of this to offer and much more, we attract creative people from far and wide who share a passion for all forms of design.

Studying full time with us will give you the opportunity to learn in a creative, stimulating environment where the key focus of study is the production of compelling, creative digital solutions.

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Adobe Illustrator - Part-time Course

Campus Part time 4 weeks South Africa Cape Town

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... [+]

Adobe Illustrator 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 Modules Module 1 - Getting Started Module 2 - Working with Colour Module 3 - Creating & Manipulating Objects Module 4 - Working with Strokes Module 5 - Managing & Importing Art Module 6 - Advanced Object Creation Module 7 - Working with Text Module... [-]

Adobe InDesign - Part-time Course

Campus Part time 4 weeks South Africa Cape Town

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... [+]

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... [-]

Adobe Photoshop - Part-time Course

Campus Part time 4 weeks South Africa Cape Town

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... [+]

Adobe Photoshop 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... [-]

HTML5/CSS3 & Responsive - Part-time Course

Campus Part time 5 weeks South Africa Cape Town

In this 5 week course, students will learn the principles of Responsive Design. The course begins with a contextual introduction of new HTML5 semantic elements, moving on to CSS3 Properties, Advanced Selectors and the ever so important Media Queries. In order to understand the fundamental concepts behind Responsive Design students will create their own CSS3 grid-framework... [+]

HTML5/CSS3 & Responsive As the amount of mobile devices increase exponentially each year in all shapes and formats, the web is drastically trying to keep up. In the past, web developers have had to create completely new designs in order to optimise the web experience on mobile platforms. In 2012, the concept of Responsive Web Design or Responsive Architecture was released to combat this ever growing scenario. Now, with the aid of more semantic coding practices in HTML5 and more powerful layout and styling capabilities in CSS3, mobile first designs have become one of the most popular and in-demand skills in the front-end development world. In this 5 week course, students will learn the principles of Responsive Design. The course begins with a contextual introduction of new HTML5 semantic elements, moving on to CSS3 Properties, Advanced Selectors and the ever so important Media Queries. In order to understand the fundamental concepts behind Responsive Design students will create their own CSS3 grid-framework. The course then changes its focus towards two of the most popular Responsive front-end frameworks: Twitter Bootstrap & Zurb Foundation, providing students with detailed experience in the principles, HTML structure, CSS styling and jQuery plugins like drop down menus, accordions, sliders and modals that apply to each framework respectively. At the end of the course, students will have employed a responsive framework of their choosing that will enable their website to respond to the users choice of device: Desktop, iPad and iPhone. Course Requirements Students should have working knowledge... [-]

Certificate

Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment

Campus Full time 1 year South Africa Cape Town

Make use of your existing design skills and expand your creativity into other markets such as Game Design for Ad games, Educational games, Online or Mobile games and more – we’ll show you just how to get there. Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts, has been running the Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment Course since 2012 with great success, being the first Council of Higher Education... [+]

Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment Make use of your existing design skills and expand your creativity into other markets such as Game Design for Ad games, Educational games, Online or Mobile games and more – we’ll show you just how to get there. Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts, has been running the Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment Course since 2012 with great success, being the first Council of Higher Education accredited, stand-alone course of its kind in South Africa. This course offers game enthusiasts, creatives and interactive media interested students the chance to get an education in this field, thus providing the future employees for companies in the digital entertainment business, as well as equipping students for starting their own companies as freelancers. What to expect from your studies The course is packed with theoretical & practical training that includes: Game Production Overview History of Games and Gaming Game Design Concepts Game Design Document Writing 3D Modeling and Texturing Basics Scripting Basics Game Engine Basics The different applications of Game Technology How to start game and interactive product production Pitching a Game Concept Creating and Importing in-game assets Final Project in your field of choice (Scripting, Game Design Document, 3D Modeling …) Game Prototyping Interface Design Theory Animation in 3D Software Advanced Scripting Level Design Theory You will learn how to use the following Software Applications: Unity3D® Blender® JavaScript (Game Engine related) On Completion You will be able to do the following on completion of the course:... [-]

Print Design & Publishing

Campus Full time 1 year South Africa Cape Town

Our accredited one-year, practical Print Design and Publishing course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the print media environment. You will learn to master the tools, practices and terminology required to produce professional print media. You will emerge confident enough to apply your skills from pre-press to post-press: receiving a brief, conceptualizing a visual solution; presenting... [+]

Print Design & Publishing Our accredited one-year, practical Print Design and Publishing course is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the print media environment. You will learn to master the tools, practices and terminology required to produce professional print media. You will emerge confident enough to apply your skills from pre-press to post-press: receiving a brief, conceptualizing a visual solution; presenting the ideas professionally; executing a concept digitally through the use of a wide range of industry standard application programs such as Adobe InDesign®, Illustrator® and Photoshop®, and applying finishing art techniques to take your documents to press, and, finally, presenting the final body of work in a professional manner. What to Expect from your studies The first year is packed with theoretical & practical training that includes: Scamping techniques History of Desktop Publishing & Typography Conceptualisation Techniques Raster Image Editing & Manipulation Layout Design Principles & Techniques Brochure & Editorial Design Vector Illustration Principles & Techniques Corporate Identity Design & Cross Media Publishing Designing for Tablets & Mobile Devices Printed Portfolio Book Project You will learn how to use the following Software Applications: Adobe® Photoshop® Adobe® InDesign® Adobe® InDesign® Digital Publishing Suite Adobe® Illustrator® Adobe® Acrobat® On Completion You will be able to do the following on completion of the course: Scamp creative ideas on paper using various mediums such as pencil, ink. Render drawings with increased speed & proficiency. Create professional-looking storyboards to express your conceptual ideas. Apply colour confidently in a designs and layouts. Apply... [-]

Web Publishing & Interactive Media

Campus Full time 1 year South Africa Cape Town

This one year, full time, practical programme engages you in a fixed curriculum around standards-compliant web design and publishing, video production and post production techniques, 2D animation, compositing and visual effects, game design theory and community supported open source content management systems. The programme emphasizes technical training, interactive screen design in context... [+]

Web Publishing & Interactive Media This one year, full time, practical programme engages you in a fixed curriculum around standards-compliant web design and publishing, video production and post production techniques, 2D animation, compositing and visual effects, game design theory and community supported open source content management systems. The programme emphasizes technical training, interactive screen design in context and conceptual thinking. NOTE: This course is not suitable for absolute beginners. You will need either basic skills in Adobe Photoshop or relevant work experience to cope with the design pressures of the web and motion graphics modules. What to Expect from your studies The first year is packed with theoretical & practical training that includes: Conceptualisation Techniques Interactive Screen Design Theory 2D Animation, Sound Editing & Motion Theory HTML5 and Responsive Design Game Design Theory Electronic Book Publishing & ePubs Web Technologies 2: WordPress Motion Graphics 1: Animation, Compositing and VFX Motion Graphics 2: Video & Post Production Interactive Web based Portfolio & Showreel You will lean how to use the following Software Applications: Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition and Edge WordPress Sublime Text Sigil Languages: HTML5/CSS3, jQuery/JavaScript Prerequisites You will require the 1 year Print Design & Publishing course or equivalent study/work experience in order to enrol on this programme. [-]

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