Graphic Design Portfolio preparation

Digital Design Portfolio preparation workshop in Saint John, NB

Through a series of tutor-led classes, students will deepen their understanding of the foundations of Digital Design. They will apply this knowledge and develop their existing design skills through practical workshops with professional graphic designers.

During this Digital Design portfolio preparation workshop, we will cover ways to communicate elements in your work. But these series of workshops are not solely focused on finished work, these workshops will be covering different ways of researching a project subject, finding new ideas, preparing a deep analysis and ways of presenting a final Digital design project.  This is not a computer software course but rather reflects the studio-based and idea generation nature of the graphic design

Subject matter:

Students will work on the portfolio as an integrated project. It includes not only the history of art and the history of fashion design classes and drawing and painting classes. Students will also learn how to work with information on fashion design using the Internet.

We introduce this Fashion Design portfolio course as the basis for creating a professional fashion design portfolio with diverse in technique and subject matter projects, which is mandatory for everyone who enters Fashion design departments at colleges or universities in Canada and America.


For beginners. No previous experience required. The student does not have to have skills in drawing or painting. All that is needed is an interest in the chosen specialty, a great desire to study and the completion of all tasks and projects of the course.

Registration for the course:

Your place in the class is confirmed after you register online and pay for the entire course.
The number of seats in the class for the summer and autumn Graphic Design portfolio preparation courses is limited.  We recommend that you reserve this place in advance to avoid disappointment.

Residence during the study:

If you live in another city in Canada or in another country and are under the age of 18, your parents should contact the school to clarify the details of your residence.

For students older than 18 years, the school offers various accommodation options in the closest proximity to the school’s classes.

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Graphic Design portfolio preparation course.

Check our Curriculum section below for complete course information.



Developing your own Portfolio of Graphic Design art is at the heart of this course where students learn the ins and outs of graphic design using the industry’s leading software Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Students will start out learning the fundamentals of graphic design, using the Adobe Creative Suite and project-based learning. They will learn the design process, color theory, typography, and how to recreate professional media and advertisements. At the end of this Graphic Design portfolio preparation course, students will have a portfolio of Graphic design projects.

In this Graphic Design portfolio preparation course, students will get hands-on training in a variety of industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat.

With NIC`s Graphic Design portfolio preparation course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of a variety of popular software tools used in the Graphic Design industry. In addition, students will learn how to manipulate digital graphics using various design programs.

Module 1. Introduction to Windows.

During this module students will an introduction to the basic Windows functions. From connecting to a Wi-Fi network to locating and running applications, learn all about Windows 10. Bring your own, fully charged Windows 10 laptop.

Learn the basics of using a Windows-based computer: hardware, software, storage devices and how to navigate. Students will develop skills that include learning how to customize Windows 10 operating systems. Students will also learn how to secure the Windows 10 OS and protect the data on the device. Finally, students will learn how to manage and troubleshoot Windows 10.

Module 2. Introduction to Graphic Design.

The theoretical part of the curriculum:

Provides the students with the concept of professional design and includes the following topics:
Principles of composition in design
Form as an element of composition
Statics and dynamics in composition
Balance in composition
Contrasts in composition and types of contrasts
Rhythm in composition
Color in composition
Font and font’s composition
Logotype and principles of the logotypes’ design
Banner and principles of banner’s design
Interface-design and design of website navigation
Major trends in contemporary web design

Practical part of the curriculum

Gives to the students working skills with bitmap and vector graphics editors as well as with special computer animation and web design tools:
Canva Graphic Software
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
College Portfolio preparation

Module 3.

Introduction to Graphic Design with Canva 

Introduction to Canva. One of the best graphic design online software.  Canva is a tool loaded with enough easy-to-use features and functionality that anyone can create a variety of engaging content. By the end of this module, you will have created a full set of consistent visuals that will actually help you create a great graphic design project.  You will have mastered Canva and will be able to use it to produce any kind of visuals you need and take your design skills to the next level!

Module 4.
Introduction to Graphic Design with Adobe Photoshop

Get up and running with Photoshop, the industry-leading digital image editing tool. Learn the basics and find resources for taking your learning to the next level.

Adobe Photoshop Course curriculum. 

Photoshop will help students to:

Learn shortcuts and basic functions of Adobe Photoshop.
Understand how layers work and manipulate them.
Importing and exporting images in PS.
Learn about digital graphic types.
Learn about color modes and printing standards.

Imagery Editing

Learn to crop, color edit, sharpen and remove imperfections
Add type, selection technique and manipulate layer options. Basic digital Photoshop techniques.

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

understand image size and image resolution 
  correct image using photoshop tools; 
  understand graphics files format; 
  combing different images in one
cut part of the image and change for another image
export Photoshop images in right file format for print or for web
create advertising banners for Web Sites and export in right format

Module 5.
Introduction to Vector Graphic with Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator CC is an essential design tool for anyone who needs to express ideas visually in print, on the web, and in any other medium. You will also learn, step-by-step, the key techniques, as well as tips and tricks, for working in Illustrator CC.

In this Illustrator course, you will learn the basics of working with Illustrator CC through a combination of instructor-led demonstration and hands-on practice led by professionals designers so that you can incorporate visual effects into your workflow.
In this course, you also will get a thorough overview of the interface, tools, and features of Illustrator CC Adobe Illustrator CC, a design tool that is used to visually express ideas in print, on the web, and in any other medium.

Module 6.
Introduction to Layout Software with Adobe InDesign

In this InDesign training course, you will learn to use the tools in Adobe InDesign to create professional page layouts including both single page and multi-page documents. This course introduces you to the newest techniques and tools used in Adobe InDesign CC for both print and digital publishing. You will learn to use the most current version of InDesign to design and publish a broad range of content in print, online, and for tablet and mobile applications.

You will also learn type controls, graphics file management, layers, style sheets, proper document setup, productivity shortcuts, and best practices. The real-world tasks in this course are presented in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format using Adobe authorized hands-on exercises.

Schedule, duration and costs:

Spring – Summer Semester 2020
18 WEEKS. May 1  – August 28. 1 Lesson –  $79.00 +HST

(2 x 60 min. lessons per class. Total of 2 hr. per week ).

Spring – Summer 2020 weekly schedule is below and Space is still available

4-5 spots left full session

Day of Week


Term Dates




4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spring - Summer
May 1 - August 28


$79.00 one week.
Eight-week payment

Pay for the whole semester $2,844
and get a $100 OFF
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  Each class – two lessons of 60 minutes each. Classes are held ones a week in Saint John Uptown & Toronto Downtown.

Fall Semester 2020

2 hr Lessons per week. 15 WEEKS. September 4 – December 18. 1 Lesson –  $79.00 +HST

(2×60 min. lessons per class. Total of 2 hr. per week ).

Fall 2020 weekly schedule is below and Space is still available 4-5 spots left full session

Day of Week


Term Dates




4:30 - 6:30 PM

Fall Semester
September 4 - December 18


$79.00 one week.
Eight-week payment

Pay for the whole semester 15 weeks $1,185
and get a $100 OFF
Sign up now

Each class – two lessons of 60 minutes each. Classes are held ones a week in Saint John Uptown.


For teens from 15 to 18 years old and for adults from 19 to 35 years old.

Start time:

Summer courses start on May 1, 2020.
Regular courses start on
September 1, 2020.

The number of students:

6 – 8 students per class.
Two teachers per class.

1:8 ratio

1:8 ratio Teacher to Student ratio, or better. All instructors are police-checked, triple-reference checked, and highly trained.

Certificate of Course Completion

Upon completion of this Fashion Design course, a Certificate will be issued. A course completion certificate says you have attended all the classes required, pass all the tests required and handed in all the work required.

web design course
We provide Certificates of completion for students that complete our 40 and 60 lessons Fashion Design preparation course. We also shortlist a selection of our best students for our yearly student show.


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