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Located in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls approximately 16,000 students per year. UFV has campuses and locations in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Hope and Agassiz, and a growing presence in Chandigarh, India.

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UFV Gaphic + Digital Design
Summer Blog

Graphic Design Courses on the Abbotsford Campus

Graphic + Digital Design
May 9 to June 20, 2016
Abbotsford Campus

Digital Foundations

GD157: Digital Design Media I
Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop
Shayne Letain

GD159: Digital Design Media II
Adobe InDesign
Paul Swanson
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The world today depends on digital image making and publishing. An understanding of how to use digital tools is essential for any type of communication and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are always at the top of the list of digital skills employers require.

In these courses you will begin the process of mastering these programs. From Illustrator’s precision to Photoshop’s flair, we will move through skill building exercises to a final “real world” project.


GD216: Drawing + Illustration II
Adobe Illustrator
Traditional Mediums
Shayne Letain
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Illustrators contribute their talent to an amazing variety of creative projects. From publishing and advertising to animation and gaming, illustrators are using their creativity and imagination to turn ideas into stunning reality.

Develop both the technical and conceptual skills necessary to become a successful illustrator. Starting with traditional media techniques, this course will also delve deep into the digital tools that allow illustrators to work on projects in the digital workspace. Meanwhile “real world” assignments allow you to effectively communicate with a “real world” audience.

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Shayne Letain: For over 20 years Shayne Letain has worked in the creative industry in a wide variety of roles – from illustrator to web designer, animator to game designer. Since 2008 Shayne has brought this experience into the classroom where he teaches illustration and dynamic media to students at the University of the Fraser Valley. Shayne lives in New Westminster with his wife, Tracey and son, Kai. To see Shayne’s work visit raininspain.net.

Paul Swanson: Paul Swanson is an artist & designer, who has a BA in Economics from Concordia University in Montreal, a BFA in Filmmaking from SUNY Purchase, New York and a Master’s in Digital Media from The Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, Canada. Over the past 15 years, he also lived and worked in Los Angeles, the south of France and South East Asia, where his area of expertise was in Visual Communication & Multimedia Design, both as a professional and academic. 

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