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Design advice for courses online from Canberra?

By 23 January 2014 8

Hi all I’m after a quick cost effective certified design course or just creative suite training on a program like Adobe.  I’m a bit of a novice regarding the design programmes but know my way around a computer.

This will be purely for recreational/personal purposes I’m not looking to make a career out of it.

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8 Responses to Design advice for courses online from Canberra?
#1
Holden Caulfield1:05 pm, 23 Jan 14

Adobe is not a program. Creative Suite is a collection of programs like InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.

Rather than a strict course, perhaps look at something like http://www.lynda.com.

#2
Jessa2:17 pm, 23 Jan 14

I strongly recommend The Graphic Design School … http://www.thegraphicdesignschool.com I just finished a certificate with them and it was a great course with loads of learning tools. They do an intensive GD course which might be more what you are after?

The course should take you through the adobe program suite and you should end up with a good knowledge of the programs by the end of it.

#3
c_c™3:18 pm, 23 Jan 14

Jessa said :

I strongly recommend The Graphic Design School … http://www.thegraphicdesignschool.com I just finished a certificate with them and it was a great course with loads of learning tools. They do an intensive GD course which might be more what you are after?

The course should take you through the adobe program suite and you should end up with a good knowledge of the programs by the end of it.

A good knowledge of the programs? Please. There are 17 programs in the final release of Creative Suite, many more than that as part of its successor Creative Cloud.

Even the people who work with these programs day in day out, and tend to specialise in one area of the suite, have trouble keeping up.

Holden Caulfield said :

Adobe is not a program. Creative Suite is a collection of programs like InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.

Rather than a strict course, perhaps look at something like http://www.lynda.com.

Yeah, I’d second that, Lynda, CreativeLive which is a new one, and similar services.

This is just a personal thing, so you’re not going to be claiming it back on tax, and you’re presumably not working to a tight deadline. So choose what your interest is. Adobe’s creative software covers a wide gamut, Photography, Video, Bitmap and Vector graphics, Video editing, special effects compositing, page layout, audio production. And just go at your own pace and enjoy it.

#4
astrojax3:21 pm, 23 Jan 14

what sort of design do you want to do?

cit solutions is the hobby-level course of the cit and are usually of a pretty good standard. i’d recommend having a look for them [google is good]

#5
mossrocket3:23 pm, 23 Jan 14

Or – just buy a Creative Cloud subscription, play around, hit F1 lots (help), and watch heaps of youtube tutorials. If it’s not for you resume, just learn how to do the cool tricks, then deepen you knowledge over time…

#6
threepaws10:59 pm, 23 Jan 14

lynda.com is awesome and addictive. I believe you can get a 7-day free trial? It’s only about US$25 a month anyway, an absolute bargain for the quality of the courses. For Adobe Creative Suite I have enjoyed Deke McLelland’s instruction.

#7
honeybeast12:01 am, 24 Jan 14

Hi there Hank 23,
I’ve recently started giving one on one graphic design lessons using Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator. Generally my students (mostly adults) have their own copies of the software, and we meet up to work on a specific project together on their computer. I could definitely show you around the software and give you a grounding in graphic design, I’ve worked as a graphic designer for about 5 years. Give me a ring on 0408 385 715 or email julia.jdss@gmail.com if you’d like to find out more.
Cheers, Julia

#8
Hank10:59 am, 29 Jan 14

Thanks for all of the advice on this everyone! “honeybeast” I’ll send you a text.
“Holden Caulfield” do you think the subscription to Lynda for a year is an overkill or worth it?

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