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Graphic Design Portfolio Bootcamp

Expand your graphic design skills and create a stunning portfolio with this hands-on bootcamp. Learn how to design professional logos, book covers, social media graphics, and more, while receiving valuable feedback and critiques. Take your design career to the next level at NYC Career Centers.

  • All levels
  • 18 and older
  • $1,295
  • Earn 12,950 reward points
  • Interactive Online Classroom

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Class Description


What you'll learn in this graphic design class:

Graphic Design Bootcamp Overview

In this hands-on graphic design bootcamp, you will expand your knowledge of design concepts and processes while producing portfolio projects. This class focuses on how to design and assumes knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Throughout the course, you'll produce several portfolio projects, including logos, social media graphics, stationery, book/eBook covers, album covers, event posters, and email announcements.

Assignments will be critiqued during class both by the instructor and during group critiques. You’ll incorporate the feedback into your work and finish the assignment in class, or outside of class as homework (you should expect to work outside of class). Upload your work to Adobe Portfolio (included with your Creative Cloud membership) and you’ll have a portfolio website!


Students should have strong working knowledge in Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Learn more about Graphic Design Portfolio Bootcamp at NYC Career Centers.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Also available in-person in NYC


Section 1

What is Graphic Design?

  • Brief overview and discussion
  • Elements of design
  • Gestalt Principles

Word Work

  • Letterform Anatomy
  • Type Classifications
  • Speed design with limited source material!

Design Assignment: Logo Design

  • Brief slide show on what makes a good logo
  • Design assignment: Choice of logo redesign for an existing company or create your own personal logo design.
  • Create two distinct design options for your logo.

Section 2

Design Process

  • Explore ideation and the creative design process
  • Logo exploration (Ritos del Sol, Vaya)
  • Learn logo drafting using the template feature in Illustrator
  • Introduction of Photoshop mock-ups
  • Sketching exercise. Learn to work quickly and creatively within fixed parameters.

Color Interaction

  • What do colors mean?
  • How do designers use colors effectively
  • Color palettes: we will explore how to choose appropriate color palettes for different assignments

Design Assignment: Identity System

  • Finalize your logo to design an identity system using a "color study" and complimentary typeface. Use this visual system to either create a stationery design or social media graphics.

Section 3


  • Typographic Overview
  • Type Selection
  • Type Pairing
  • Foundry Overview
  • Optical Spacing

Design Assignment: Book/eBook Cover Redesign

  • Create either a book or eBook cover design for a re-issue of a famous piece of fiction. Use type and imagery to create a visually appealing cover that will entice a reader.

Section 4

Historical Design Movements

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Art Nouveau
  • Dada
  • Destijl
  • Constructivism
  • Bauhaus
  • Swiss International

Design Assignment: Album Art Cover/Spotify Graphic

  • Create cover art for a band to be used for online purchases of music or streaming music services. Use a mixture of typography, imagery, and basic graphic elements, with consideration for different screen sizes and resolutions.

Section 5

Information Hierarchy

  • What goes first? Second? Last? And why?
  • Are there rules? How can we be creative within these rules?
  • We explore the who, what, where, when, and why of laying out information.
  • Learn about grid systems.

Design Assignment: Event Poster or Email Announcement

  • Students will design a poster or email announcement for an event. Designs should convey a concept relating to the subject, and use a clearly identifiable visual hierarchy.

Section 6

Design Hero Slide Show

  • The instructor will show a brief slide show of past and present design visionaries

Portfolio Criteria & Revision

  • Ten points to consider when developing a professional Graphic Design portfolio.
  • Recommended book list
  • Revision, completion and collection of any final revised exercises or projects.

Refund Policy

  • Students may cancel up to 11 business days before the class/program start date and receive a refund, less the registration fee (10% of the undiscounted course price).
  • Cancellations within 11 business days are not permitted, but students may reschedule up to 4 business days before the class start date.

For cancellations and reschedules, please email us at [email protected]

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