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Hawkeye Business and Community Education provides professional skill development for individuals and businesses. Cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers . Browse a complete list of our courses or course series and if you do not see the type of course you are looking for suggest a course or contact us to learn more about designing customized training for your workforce.

 
Learn foundational knowledge that every graphic designer needs, including Principles of Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop CC Level 1, Adobe Illustrator CC Level 1 and Adobe InDesign CC Level 1. Prepare digital images, illustrations and layouts. Discover the elements of color, typography, composition and visual identity. Hands-on projects will focus on essential skills and provide experience in creating graphic design projects that you can use to start your portfolio. Register for the Series and save $100. Discounted tuition for the Series is $695.  

Start date: 09/18/2018

Tuition: $695.00

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Learn to use Illustrator to create high quality illustrations, logos, and other custom artwork. Discover the powerful Pen tool, how to transform existing shapes, and how to add color to drawn objects. Use layers to organize your artwork and explore options for exporting Illustrator files. Textbook included.  

Start date: 10/16/18

End date: 11/01/18

Tuition $199.00

Location : Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall.

Room :  221 - Mac Lab



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Learn to use InDesign to create master pages, work with text and type, create styles, and use graphics. Discover how to convert your documents to PDF format or publish them on a website. This class will walk you through setting up the InDesign workspace, adding text and graphics to your document, creating layouts with frames and applying formatting with styles. Textbook included.

Start date: 11/06/18

End date: 11/15/18

Tuition $199.00

Location : Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall.

Room :  221 - Mac Lab



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Adobe Photoshop is a professional image-editing software used by graphic designers, photographers, and artists. Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop while accessing it from the Creative Cloud (CC). Discover tips, tricks, keyboard shortcuts and essential foundational skills of professional imaging.  Learn how to apply advanced layer techniques, create special effects, edit videos, apply vector paths and much more. Textbook included.  

Start date: 10/02/18

End date: 10/11/18

Tuition $199.00

Location : Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall.

Room :  221 - Mac Lab



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Graphic design is the art of visual communication that combines words, images, and ideas to create and convey information to an audience. Good graphic designers make this communication successful through the use of lines, shapes, color, images, animation and more. In this class, you will explore graphic design principles, including contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity, color theory, and typography. Through discussion and visual, learn how these elements work together to create great visual communication and how you can start applying them in your everyday creative process. Textbook included.  

Start date: 09/18/18

End date: 09/27/18

Tuition $199.00

Location : Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall Location : 
  Main Campus - Black Hawk Hall.

Room :  221 - Mac Lab



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Presentation media are key to communication, sales, speeches and any other effective presentation today. Whether your presentation is online or in-person, presentation media not only enhance your message but often make your message successful. Find out how to use Prezi, the new slide software that goes beyond one-dimensional presentations, and the finer points of Photoshop for presentations. Then discover the design elements to creating visual presentations for success using any media. Take away critical skills for both training yourself and others in your organization. You will come away with the latest, most advanced practical design knowledge in presentation media. Three one-month courses.

Start date: 09/04/18

End date: 11/30/18

Tuition $495.00

Location : Online



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Make your visual presentations look professional and communicate effectively. Get the latest most advanced techniques on graphic design principles, including page layout, typography and basic design considerations. Take away more skills to create an effective and beautiful visual presentation on any presentation software program that you choose. Agenda Unit 1 Design Principles Contrast Alignment Proximity Repetition Compare effective visual presentations vs. poorly executed visual presentations Unit 2 Design Principles Part 2 Color Balance / Unity Page Layout Analyzing the work of a professional designer to draw inspiration Unit 3 Branding Your company’s brand, visually, core messaging (Analyze how to incorporate that into the presentation) Inspiration Board Concept / Theme of Presentation Stock Images and Illustrations that communicate to target markets Unit 4 Execute Your Visual Presentation Getting Critiques for Improvement Getting Feedback from Professional in your Industry / Target Expanding presentation to different formats – web, info graphics, in-person

Start date: 08/06/18

End date: 08/31/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Make your visual presentations look professional and communicate effectively. Get the latest most advanced techniques on graphic design principles, including page layout, typography and basic design considerations. Take away more skills to create an effective and beautiful visual presentation on any presentation software program that you choose. Agenda Unit 1 Design Principles Contrast Alignment Proximity Repetition Compare effective visual presentations vs. poorly executed visual presentations Unit 2 Design Principles Part 2 Color Balance / Unity Page Layout Analyzing the work of a professional designer to draw inspiration Unit 3 Branding Your company’s brand, visually, core messaging (Analyze how to incorporate that into the presentation) Inspiration Board Concept / Theme of Presentation Stock Images and Illustrations that communicate to target markets Unit 4 Execute Your Visual Presentation Getting Critiques for Improvement Getting Feedback from Professional in your Industry / Target Expanding presentation to different formats – web, info graphics, in-person

Start date: 11/05/18

End date: 11/30/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Did you know most electronic presentations are built for the presenter and not the audience? Add impact to your presentations by using the most effective designs. It’s not about the software. It’s about how your audience processes your information. You’ll find simple, key ideas that will maximize your presentation for all learning styles. These ideas you’ll not find anywhere else.

Start date: 08/06/18

End date: 08/31/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Did you know most electronic presentations are built for the presenter and not the audience? Add impact to your presentations by using the most effective designs. It’s not about the software. It’s about how your audience processes your information. You’ll find simple, key ideas that will maximize your presentation for all learning styles. These ideas you’ll not find anywhere else.

Start date: 11/05/18

End date: 11/30/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties. You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know. Agenda Unit 1 Files -Opening files and creating a new file -File properties: Resolution, mode and canvas vs. size -Saving files: methods and formats -Rulers, guides, and grids -Navigating layers: Create, edit, blend, and mask Unit 2 Basic tools -Brushes, fill, and eraser -Blur, smudge, clone, and heal -Shapes and lines, introduction to vector graphics -Adjustments and adjustment layers Unit 3 Managing text -Creating text: Font properties, alignment and color -Text boxes and paragraph properties -Character properties and spacing -Vertical text and text effects Unit 4 What the pros know -Creating swatches -Some filters are more useful than others -Create your own shapes and brushes -Save time with Photoshop actions

Start date: 10/01/18

End date: 10/26/18

Tuition $195.00

Location : Online



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Sight, sound and motion are much more compelling than static words on a page. Video is very hypnotic and it quickly speeds up the “know, like and trust,” factor with your audience. In this course you will discover how to use simple online videos to quickly bond with your viewer, drive traffic to your website, boost business and build brand awareness. Find out how to shoot simple, effective videos without costly fancy equipment or savvy technical skills. Discover the secrets to creating content that commands attention. Learn how to dominate Google and YouTube with your video and to strategically use YouTube to market your business 24/7 -- even while you sleep. Agenda Unit 1 Video Marketing Essentials & Techie Tools -Camera equipment -Lighting & Sound -YouTube 101 Unit 2 Crafting Compelling Content -Scripts -What type of video to shoot & when -Keywords are key Unit 3 Hooks, Headlines & Traffic Building Secrets -5 Hot Hooks -Create Attention-Grabbing Headlines -Video Search Engine Optimization Unit 4 The Details That Deliver -Video idea Hot Zones -Promotional videos that pop -Sales Video Script

Start date: 09/04/18

End date: 09/28/18

Tuition $245.00

Location : Online



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