Digital Design


Part-Time Courses

Who is this workshop for?


Cultivate fundamental design, layout, and typography skill-sets and learn how to use industry design software including Photoshop, Illustrator + InDesign.  Whether you have prior training in a related field or no experience at all, these digital design courses have everything you need.  By the end of this series you will be able to take meaningful steps towards portfolio development for post-secondary study, add design/branding skills for use at your workplace, or add professional skills to your resume.  We welcome enthusiasts, high school students, mature students, career changers, and newbies.


Public: $450
VFS Alumni: $350
VFS Staff: $150


VFS Campus, 420 Homer Street.

** Please note, enrollment priority is given to full-time students.  You will be notified of seat availability for the course you have registered 14 days prior to the start of the course.

** Classes are 3 hours in length and are typically scheduled once weekly for a 7 week period. 

** Classes run between 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm, and occasionally in the evening.


Photoshop has become one of the most-used softwares in design and creative work. This course will introduce you to the fundamental tools and techniques of bitmap software such as photo-retouching, color correction, blending and combining images using masks, applying filters and adding text to an image. Concepts such as resolution, bit depth, color modes, layers, blending modes, masks, channels, paths and non-destructive editing will be covered as well. The skills you will learn using this software will provide you with a powerful basis for producing digital illustrations and designs.

Course duration: 7 weeks, 21 hours

Course dates: September 6 - October 16

**Usually runs on Thursdays, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. except the week of October 15 – this class has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, 6 - 9 p.m.


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Branding + Identities

This course provides you with a deep understanding of brands and their impact in our lives. It serves as a launching pad for you to consider your own brand and how to market yourself. You will have the opportunity to research, plan, and create a new brand and will be challenged to consider its relevance to a specific target audience.

Course duration: 7 weeks, 21 hours

Course dates: August 30 – October 17

**Usually runs on Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. except for the week of October 8 where there will be no class that week, and the week of October 15 where class is on Wednesday, October 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Please note that some classes may be rescheduled.


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Written language has existed for thousands of years. Typography is the practice of reproducing the written word by mechanical/digital means. From Gutenberg’s press to Adobe’s PostScript language to the explosion of on-line information, the mass reproduction of text has had an enormous effect on our world’s history and culture. By embarking on this course of study you will quickly find yourself immersed in an exciting world of inventors, kings, rebels and revolutionaries. You will also focus on learning typographic rules and applications.

Course duration: 7 weeks, 21 hours

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Illustrator + InDesign

As part of the Adobe Creative Cloud of programs, this Illustrator and InDesign course will expose you to the powerful vector manipulation tool used by leading designers within the industry. You will learn skills that will help you translate your paper designs to a computer and apply them in a variety of publishing media including InDesign, Interactive ePub and mixed media work. You will also learn to understand and represent Big Data to create creative and engaging infographics.

Course duration: 7 weeks, 30 hours

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