F.I.R.S.T. Institute is a digital media school in Downtown Orlando, celebrating 15 years of educational excellence and successful graduates. Since the school’s inception, F.I.R.S.T. Institute has always carried out the philosophy of having hands-on, industry-standard programs with affordable tuition. Students have been able to get an education in three highly unique and innovative programs of Recording Arts & Show Production, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, and Graphic Design & Web Development. But now, the sky is the limit for F.I.R.S.T. Institute as it launches its first online program, first available to Florida residents.
Graphic Design Online
F.I.R.S.T. Institute is excited to announce the launch of its brand-new online program: Graphic Design. This new program is licensed and accredited by the Florida Department of Education and ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training). Students can graduate the Graphic Design program in just 6 months and begin working in their chosen field in less than one year. With the inclusion of this program, F.I.R.S.T. Institute can offer its same teaching philosophies in an online setting that allows students to access the courses from anywhere, at any time.
Graphic Design Curriculum
F.I.R.S.T. Institute’s Graphic Design program is designed to prepare students for the real world of computer based graphic design and digital arts. This program starts with basic computer skills, digital media design fundamentals, and illustration, then works up to advanced graphic techniques. The end result of program completion creates a well-rounded graduate that will have the skills necessary to get an entry-level career in the field of graphic design. At F.I.R.S.T. Institute, the curriculum is constantly updated to reflect actual trends in an ever-growing and fast-paced industry.
Once students reach the second course in the program, they are introduced to the Adobe Creative Cloud, the industry-standard software used by graphics professionals worldwide. Students start with Adobe Illustrator, learning to develop document layouts, iconography, and logo designs through several branding projects. Students begin to compile their personal portfolio in this first course, which is considered to be equally as important as a resume in the field of graphic design.
Students move on to learn Adobe Photoshop, the most popular program in the Adobe Creative Cloud. This powerful tool assists in the creation and execution of raster graphics imagery. With a tool set that in many ways imitates those used by traditional artists and designers, students will first gain an understanding of the basics of Photoshop as they learn to apply filters and effects, manipulate photos, adjust color, create photo collages, and skillfully retouch images.
Adobe InDesign is the final program that students are introduced to in F.I.R.S.T Institute’s Graphic Design program. This platform is useful for layout design where students can create projects for advertisements, magazines, newsletters, brochures, and more. Students are also able to gain an understanding in the UX/UI capabilities of web campaigns. At this point in the program, students can take their knowledge of key features in Photoshop and Illustrator and integrate them in InDesign to culminate all their coursework into a finished professional graphics portfolio.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute believes it is important for their students to take courses in Career Development so they are prepared to secure entry-level employment upon graduation. Students will focus on the design of their personal portfolio which will include a cover letter, resume, business card, and self-marketing social media outlets like LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Behance, and Vimeo. The students move on to complete SMART goals and mock interviews with F.I.R.S.T. Institute faculty so they are properly prepared to join the work force in the digital media industry.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute is proud to announce that they are officially accepting applications for their Graphic Design online program! Florida residents can apply online now at www.first.edu/apply/. What are you waiting for? Launch your career FASTER with an education from F.I.R.S.T. Institute: Where Creativity Meets Career.