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From media post-production techniques to computer animation and AutoCAD, we offer art classes in multiple digital media. We offer classes in Photoshop skills and strategies, in graphic arts, and in other digital media. Learn cutting-edge strategies and techniques for print, web, and combined media arts.

Course and Registration Information

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Graphic Design with Photoshop
Course Offerings (1)
Instructors: Laurie Ulrich Fuller Randy Rolen
CRN: ED2GO115.516
Fee: $1,995
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Translate your creative talents into an enjoyable and in-demand career!  This nationally recognized training program will teach you the fundamentals of Photoshop CS5, the gold standard for image creation and editing. You¿ll start with the basics of graphic design and build your skills step by step, mastering the terms and processes that professional graphic artists use. You¿ll learn the rules and standards for effective graphic design and discover strategies for creating graphics that convey just the right message, style, and tone. By the time you¿re done, you¿ll be ready to create images that stand out from the competition¿and you¿ll be poised to begin a rewarding career in graphic design.

Intermediate Video Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
July 3, 2017 through July 28, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.63
Fee: $245
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Worldwide, video game sales including consoles, and online and mobile games are projected to exceed 100 billion dollars this year. Mobile games are the fastest-growing segment of the market as more and more people play casual games. PwC predicts that by 2019 social and casual game sales will exceed traditional game sales. In this intermediate introductory course you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: Beverly Richards Schulz
CRN: ED2GO316.06
Fee: $95
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking! Using Photoshop Elements 11, 12, or 13, this course will teach you how to make the most of your scrapbooking talents and artistic ideas when you combine traditional and digital scrapbooking.

LERN Certificate in Basic Game Design
Course Offerings (1)
June 5, 2017 through July 28, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.19C
Fee: $395
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This Certificate provides you with a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. In the first course, you will discover resources for developing game design, identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games. You will come away knowing the different activities that are part of game design, being able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience, and having a basic understanding of how to work with game developers. In the second course, you will you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games. By successfully completing this Certificate in Basic Game Design, you will have taken the first steps into understanding game design, and being able to create your own games. This course includes two classes: Introduction to Game Design and Intermediate Video Game Design.

LERN Product Prototyping on a Budget Certificate
Course Offerings (1)
June 5, 2017 through September 1, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.20C
Fee: $395
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Creating a prototype of a product used to be a very expensive proposition. Now, however, with the availability of consumer-level 3D printers and relatively easy-to-program custom electronics controlled by processors like the Arduino, it is possible to prototype many types of products yourself. This certificate consists of two classes; either one can be taken first. 3D printing can be used to create product mockups quickly, and is particularly useful for things like seeing how something feels to a user, seeing how a piece will fit with other existing pieces, and the like. It is still very difficult to scan an existing object and create a copy, and the class will talk about where the technologies stand for the areas that are not easy (yet). 'Maker' electronics include microprocessors like the Arduino, which have a free and open source ecosystem of software and compatible sensors that will allow you to create interactive prototypes that can detect motion, sound, and light, and control moving parts. There are even versions of these processors that can be integrated into garments or other fabric products. Taken together, these two classes will give you the skills to get started with these two aspects of low-cost prototyping, and give you an idea of what is possible and where to learn even more skills going forward. This course included two classes: Introduction to 3D Printing and Prototyping with Maker Electronics.

Prototyping with Maker Electronics
Course Offerings (1)
August 7, 2017 through September 1, 2017
Instructor: LERN Instructor
CRN: LRN317.44
Fee: $245
Online. Offered through our partnership with LERN.
Description
Arduino. 3D printing. Wearable tech. Your students or your kids may be talking about these things, but what is all this stuff, and how can you keep up and try to get ahead of them? This class will survey the core technologies found in makerspaces and give you a start in understanding what you will need to learn to create awesome technology projects. You will also learn how to find and sort through the many free resources online. Recommended optional e-book: Horvath and Cameron, The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech (Apress: 2015).

Video Game Design and Development
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.605
Fee: $1,995
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Using a comprehensive and analytical approach to game engine architectures, this program offers you the opportunity to learn how to effectively implement game ideas. The curriculum is divided into eight modules covering five major areas of study: programming languages, mathematics skills, 3D graphics pipeline programming, real-time game engine architectures, and artificial intelligence algorithms. Developing and managing the complex environments for games and related visualization applications is a challenging task, but with the right training and professional guidance, the challenge becomes much less daunting.

Contact Us

Mary C. Raymond, Manager
Enrichment & Youth
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
mraymond@richmond.edu