About Graphic Design & NextGen's Summer Classes
Graphic design is used for major parts of business and creative projects. It’s how we can catch people’s eye, how we express emotion and feeling, and how we can show what we’re all about. Graphic design is used in the creation of apps, websites, logos, games, advertisements, and more. Graphic design is the perfect stepping stone for creative people but it can also be a lucrative career on its own.
Learning graphic design will give you access to careers in almost every industry. If you’re trying to get into marketing, streaming, photography, a career in art, creating patterns for textiles, or animation graphic design is a great place to start. Make your art digital and set yourself up for a creative career.
Why learn Graphic Design in high school?
Learning graphic design in high school will give you lucrative skills for your career but it will also provide a creative outlet. The thing with design, and any creative endeavor, is that you’ll need time to hone your style.
When you first start out, you’re still learning. If you start learning in high school, you’ll know your style and understand how trends work by the time you’re looking for your first career job or ready to launch your own freelance hustle.
What can you create with Graphic Design?
What you can create with graphic design is only limited by your imagination. It can be used for everything from business to hobby projects. You can design tangible items, create digital products, or animate your art.
These days you can find a way to make income off of almost anything if you know how to use the internet and some basic marketing skills. You can have a lucrative side hustle creating logos and brand design or making illustrations. You could work for a company creating graphics for their advertising. Maybe you’ll work for an agency creating product packaging and labels.
There are jobs for the book nerds out there who want to be the ones designing book covers and magazines. Maybe your favorite hobby is cooking, you could design cookbooks! Create graphics for your Youtube channel or tik tok with graphic design.
Whether you want to work for yourself or someone else someday, graphic design is a great skill to set you up for a versatile future – because who knows what you’ll actually be when you “grow up”?
Why you should attend a Graphic Design summer camp
Maybe you have a full class load during the school year or you’re really aiming to ace your APs. You might be devoting time to apply to college after school or you play sports. You don’t want to worry about adding another thing to your weekday plate.
Then, summer is the perfect time for you to learn graphic design! Don’t worry, you won’t lose your whole summer. But you will gain skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most summer programs are weekdays only, so you’ll still have weekends to spend your free time how you want! You can learn live online or in New York with our graphic design summer programs.
If you start over the summer, you can practice for fun during the school year, start your side hustle early, or start building your portfolio to add to your college applications. You’ll have something to work on while you binge Netflix!
Learn Graphic Design live online over the summer
You can learn graphic design with an online summer course for high schoolers. You’ll learn live online with other high schoolers and a focused, industry-experienced instructor and hands-on projects to build a portfolio by the end of the summer.
This summer camp covers Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. It includes comprehensive instruction on the most essential tools for new graphic designers, the best way to prepare your graphics for how they’ll be used, and understanding which tools you should use for your projects.
If you want to add more technical skills to your plate, or just give you more options for your future, you can learn web design online over the summer instead. This web design summer course for high schoolers goes hand-in-hand with graphic design. You’ll still learn design concepts but you’ll be using Sketch, HTML, and CSS instead of Adobe’s creative software.
If you live near New York City, you can attend a Graphic Design Summer Camp for high school in-person or a high school summer web design camp in-person. These teach the same great curriculum that our online programs do but you’ll get hands-on face-to-face instruction too.
Both of these skills offer desirable careers, opportunities for entrepreneurship, and creative problem-solving. They’re also perfect for beginner designers. Whichever path you choose, there’s a summer camp for it!
Can’t decide which to start with? That’s ok! You can attend the Graphic and Web Design Summer Program for high schoolers to get a comprehensive introduction to both of these awesome topics. You’ll learn all three Adobe applications for design, graphic design theory, web design theory, HTML, and CSS.
Why Graphic Design is perfect to learn after school
We get it, you need your summer! That’s why we also offer after school graphic design courses. Graphic design is a great skill to learn after school. It’s much different than the reading, writing, and math that most of your homework requires you to focus on. You can even use your new graphic design skills to enhance some of your projects or your college applications.
After-school Graphic Design Programs and Private Tutoring
Don’t worry, you’ll still have weekends. These after school classes are hosted on weekdays. You can learn graphic design after school live online. You’ll use the most popular graphic design tools: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Create a portfolio that you can use for college applications or your first entrepreneurial endeavor!
Need extra help with graphic design? We offer one-on-one or small group tutoring on your schedule. If you’re serious about design school or starting your career right away, this is a great option.
Get a head start on Graphic Design
When you take a graphic design course you’ll get a head start on creating print designs from social media ads to logos. You’ll learn how to use the most important tools for digital designers and how to combine these tools for a professional finished product. The graphic design courses we offer don’t involve any coding.
You can take your graphic design one step further with web design, though. This course does involve coding in HTML and CSS. It also uses design software to create the concepts and graphics for your website. This course combines the creative skills of designers with the technical skills of developers to give you a versatile foundation.
Learn Graphic Design at NextGen
Tools like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop are hard to learn on your own. Sure, you can try learning from Youtube videos or SkillShare but nothing compares to having a real, industry-experienced person to teach you.
Our instructors are trained to be teachers. They’re using a globally trusted curriculum and workbooks to help you learn the skills you need. They’ll make sure you actually understand and can use your new graphic design skills in the real world, not just hypothetically.