Hello guys! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted on the blog? I’m not sure why but anyway, I wanted to talk about how my first two weeks were now that I’ve gone back to school! For those of you that didn’t know, I graduated May of 2018 with an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Dental Hygiene but have since then decided to go back to school to study Graphic Design. I’m currently enrolled at another (more local, thank God) Community College for the first two years and will probably transfer to a university to finish off the last two years, but that’s still far ahead. Now that I’m back to school – I can say my first two weeks have been amazing!
I’m not an extrovert by any means and I’d rather keep to myself, but I made a friend who has the same Graphic Design classes with me so it’s pretty nice to have someone to talk with, or ask questions, and share ideas with. She manages to find a parking spot at a closer lot because she has one earlier class than I do so she drives me to the far parking lot where I always am so it’s super nice of her!
I also told her about my Lifestyle Blog and she super supports it! I have also told her about my idea for my business I’m working on behind the scenes and she was pretty much just as excited as I was! We’re both into the same stuff so it helps to have a buddy to share the excitement with.
For the first semester, I’m taking a full course load (12 credits) and it consists of:
- History of Graphic Design
- Computer Graphics for Designers – Part 1 – Adobe Illustrator
- Internet & Web Page Design
- 2D Design
I also do a bit of work-study with the Financial Aid office so I can make extra money on top of my part-time dental hygiene job. It’s nice because they’re all chill people who are flexible and let me take off if I need to.
History of Graphic Design
It’s kind of interesting but unfortunately the professor that teaches it rambles a lot so it’s a bit tough to pay attention. Some guy in class has already managed to fall asleep (and yes, she caught him haha)! We covered works from the Sumerians and now we’re currently up to Celtic writings and contributions. We watched how to make a Celtic knot last class which was pretty interesting! I was really bad at it but to be fair the guy in the Youtube video was going really fast. That, and she didn’t bother to pause the video for us to catch up.
As stale as it is right now, I know there’s a lot I can learn from this class (like anything else, right?) so I’m striving to keep my focus on what I can learn about Graphic Design here, and not her rambling voice. I’m glad we take this class twice a week in short segments instead of like a long three hour class.
Computer Graphics For Designers – Part 1 – Adobe Illustrator
Graphic Designers utilize both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for their work. It’s essential that a Graphic Designer know these programs well in order to execute good work, so obviously to me, this was one of the classes I was most excited about. BUUUT, I’m quite disappointed by what I’ve seen so far.
The professor seems very scatterbrained in the way he teaches. During the first meeting, as we were learning to use the pen tool in Illustrator, as he was teaching us about the pen tool, he literally said
“Sorry guys, I didn’t mean to lead you like this but right now I’m just kinda winging it.”
Yes, I know this was the first day we had that class but isn’t a professor supposed to be prepared and have the curriculum set and how he plans to teach the material(s)?? What is the meaning of this? Ever since then, my faith in him just slowly dropped. He’s the kind of professor that just speeds along while “showing the class” and thinks everyone’s on the same page. I’m fortunate I’ve had prior Illustrator knowledge so I can follow along, but other people are muttering how they don’t even know where to begin.
Oh, and for a long four hour lab class, he hasn’t given us any breaks so far. Thank you, professor.
Internet & Web Page Design
This class isn’t a part of the Graphic Design curriculum check sheet at all, but I took this class specifically because I wanted to learn about the web design aspect and not only the print side of Graphic Design. Learning this would definitely make me a little more versatile because a lot of GD jobs nowadays require you have knowledge of HTML5 and CSS. I did have UI/UX (user interface / user experience) design in mind as a possible career in the future, but we’ll see.
So far, I’m really enjoying what I’m learning and am not completely lost yet. Before I started classes, I feared this class would be similar to my one CS class I took back in uni like five years ago. I know some of you might say HTML is nothing like CS programs like Python and Ruby, etc. I know that, but It’s just similar in that we have to write in these files and so I still somewhat connected the two together and it made me incredibly nervous! However, so far this is one of my favorite classes.
This is probably either a tie between the previously mentioned class or it’s my most favorite class of the semester. This class is just as long as the Computer Graphics class but it’s so much more fun! It’s a class where you learn the basic shape fundamentals but the professor turns them into assignments that make you think.
For my first assignment, we had to fill all twelve boxes with different line qualities, and demonstrate both an implied shape and an implied gradient. I’ve actually got my second assignment due this coming Wednesday and can’t wait to finish it.
That’s pretty much it for my first two weeks, and I can’t wait to see how my classes further develop this semester!
Thanks for reading, until then ♡