Media Design 1

Textbooks: Graphic Design Solutions ISBN: 9781133945529
Skills Review: For practice, or review of skills, refer to any textbooks/videos used in previous courses/tutorials.
Reference: Online searches, research & in-class library
Video Resources: Tips & Techniques | Principles | Projects | Bottom of this page.
Course Length: 150 hours


Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop some of your highest quality design projects to date. Many of the projects you will build in this course should become some of your best portfolio pieces. Along with the foundational skills gained previously, you will again utilize your research and review skills to expand on graphic design concepts and techniques. As an added bonus, the projects in this course also allow for the expression of more personal creativity.


Course Preparation

Your preparation for this course comes from the courses completed and skills learned leading up to this point. Now is the time to create phenomenal work. Use all forms of resources to create well-developed, intelligent design solutions. Your available resources include: the internet, libraries, and all previous textbooks.


Course Completion Requirements

Tasks & Projects

Complete ALL of the Tasks/Projects below. If necessary, Review Program Overview/Expectations. Note: Many projects in this sequential course use “adaptive release” in Blackboard. This means that acquiring access to certain projects/tests is dependent on completion, and submission, of all previous projects/tests.

File Management & Submission Process

  1. Server Set-up: On the class server, create a subfolder (inside your businesswebsite folder) named “media-design-1” (all lowercase, no spaces). Set this folder up once; part of the submission process requires that you initially upload your completed Media Design 1 assignments there.
  2. Project Archives: Once a project is finished, always save, but do not submit, native .indd, .ai or .psd files. Keep your unflattened InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop files intact to preserve the useful benefits of layers and editable text for later project/client revisions.
  3. Submission File Format(s): In this course a variety of formats, sizes and resolutions may be specified for submission by the projects/assignments. Whenever possible, submission files should be saved as flattened versions.
  4. Update Your Local Website:
    • Copy the finished project/assignment file into your “media-design-1” subfolder AND…
    • Adjust all html/code (where necessary) in your “businesswebsite” to link that project file to your “assignments” page AND…
  5. Update Your Remote/Live Website:
    • Upload the finished project/assignment file into your “media-design-1” subfolder (using FileZilla/FTP) AND…
    • Update all html/code/pages (where necessary) in your “businesswebsite” to ensure that all new/modified links function AND…
  6. Submit a (tested/functional) link to your updated (remote/live) “businesswebsite” home page (using correct project DropBox) in Blackboard


Coursework 1: Media Design 1

Days: 5 | PCP 37


Video Tutorials: Media Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: MD1-01-Vector-Illustration

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Adobe Classroom-In-A-Book Series
  2. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  3. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  4. Complete Project: Create phenomenal things.
  5. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 2: Media Design 1

Days: 5 | PCP 38


Video Tutorials: Media Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: MD1-02-Raster-Illustration

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Adobe Classroom-In-A-Book Series
  2. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  3. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  4. Complete Project: Create stunning things.
  5. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 3: Media Design 1

Days: 5 | PCP 39


Video Tutorials: Media Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: MD1-03-Composite-Image

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Adobe Classroom-In-A-Book Series
  2. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  3. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  4. Complete Project: Create dynamic things.
  5. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 4: Media Design 1

Days: 5 | PCP 40


Video Tutorials: Media Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: MD1-04-Packaging

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Adobe Classroom-In-A-Book Series
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH11, CH15
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create award-winning things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 5: Media Design 1

Days: 5 | PCP 41


Video Tutorials: Media Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.


Project: MD1-05-Icons-Buttons-Nav

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Adobe Classroom-In-A-Book Series
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH06, CH13
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create iconic things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.


Coursework 6: Media Design 1

Days: 5 | PCP 42


Video Tutorials: Media Design

Watch video(s) before starting related coursework/project below. These resources will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills.



Project: MD1-06-Infographics

  1. Review: Relevant tutorials from Adobe Revealed Series or Adobe Classroom-In-A-Book Series
  2. Read/Review: Graphic Design Solutions: CH05, CH06
  3. Review: Studio Skills: Creating and Submitting Your Thumbnail Sketches
  4. Download project-specific files and instructions:
  5. Complete Project: Create informative things.
  6. Submit Project: In Blackboard, using steps outlined above.

The next course in your curriculum will be Media Design 2. If you do not already have access to the course files in Blackboard, ask your instructor.


Video Tutorials: Media Design 1

Time Management is the Key!

These optional, but strongly recommended, resources for additional training will help clarify complex topics and greatly reduce the learning curve for building your fundamental skills. Definitely explore and utilize these helpful/educational resources between projects and before/after/outside of class. It’ll be some of the most productive homework you can do for your career!

Advice to the organized, wise students: Because there are many more hours of video tutorials than in-class viewing will feasibly permit, it is recommended that:

  1. Most in-depth viewing take place before/after/outside of class.
  2. Videos be selectively chosen/referred to for specific task/project relevance and skill level.
  3. Videos be treated as meaningful, scheduled “homework” necessary for realistic career growth.