Design Primer Fast Track | BAVC

Design Primer Fast Track

64 hours total
TechSF Eligible 

Want to learn UX or web design on the fly? Start with these employer-prescribed building blocks: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Sketch and HTML5. Get in, get out, get smart. Includes one year membership at BAVC.


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Illustrator: Introduction

Looking to improve and become more professional in your graphic design skills? BAVC's introductory class in Adobe Illustrator will help you to make your best and brightest visual ideas a reality. As a student in this two-day, intensive class for beginners, you'll learn the skills needed to create eye-catching designs for mobile, web, print and more in the industry's preferred vector graphics software, Adobe Illustrator. Conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and taught by expert instructors, you learn essential skills including:

  • Working with vector shapes
  • Text manipulation
  • Vector-based drawing tools and techniques
  • Using special effects and transparency
  • Brushes settings
  • Color swatches
  • Creating gradients and patterns
  • Managing multiple layers
  • Scale, rotate, flip and transform objects
  • Importing bitmap graphics
  • File formats for output

San Francisco Illustrator: Introduction

Illustrator is one of the most common programs used in graphic design and multimedia. Students come to BAVC’s Illustrator training to learn how to customize images for file formats for output, 2D transformations, importing bitmap graphics. Whether you live in San Francisco, commute in, or live elsewhere in the Bay Area, our Illustrator Introduction courses will get you started.


BAVC’s InDesign: Introduction course offers a comprehensive introduction to Adobe InDesign, the in-depth design and layout program. With expert design instructors at BAVC’s San Francisco headquarters, get creative with text, artwork and layouts for books, magazines, newsletters or reports. Master the more advanced tools and techniques of Adobe’s professional layout and design app with this course conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The skills you learn in this course will make you more marketable for jobs. Here are some topics you can expect to cover:

  • InDesign interface
  • Swatches and navigator palettes
  • Modifying frames
  • Aligning objects
  • Master pages
  • Text wrap
  • Clipping paths
  • Nesting
  • In-line linking and embedding graphics
  • Character and paragraph palettes

Introductory Training on Adobe InDesign in San Francisco

BAVC offers introductory training on Adobe software, including InDesign and many students come to us with an interest in taking the full suite of Adobe software and graphic design solutions. This class will draw students from San Francisco and all over the Bay Area. Students even attend from Oakland or Marin County.


Sketch is the industry-standard tool for digital design.  Whether you’re pursuing a career as a digital product designer or simply looking to expand your skillset to include more UI/UX, web, and icon design capabilities, learning Sketch is essential.  This workshop will equip you with the fundamentals of using Sketch on real-world projects, leaving you prepared to use the tool for professional work.  You’ll be amazed by how easily you can bring your ideas to life with Sketch.

Our hands-on project will guide us through:

  • Building wireframes and diverse layouts
  • Using Symbols, Libraries, and design systems
  • Visual design tricks and best practices
  • Professional export and collaboration workflows
Photoshop: Introduction

Whether you're a photographer, designer or are simply looking to improve your image manipulation skills, BAVC's Photoshop: Introduction class will offer you the fundamental training you need to create and edit images using Adobe Photoshop. In this two-day class for beginners, students will learn essential tools, shortcuts and techniques to create superior photos and designs. Located conveniently in the San Francisco Bay Area and taught by expert instructors, the class will cover a range of essential topics, including:

  • Image manipulation tools and techniques
  • Basic photo editing
  • Automatically remove objects
  • File formats
  • Using and managing layers
  • Making selections
  • Image adjustment layers
  • Basic masking techniques
  • History panel to undo
  • Creating text

San Francisco Photoshop Training: Introduction

Our San Francisco Adobe Photoshop class teaches how to manipulate images and how to target images for print, web and mobile devices. Whether you live in San Francisco, commute in, or live elsewhere in the Bay Area, our training in Adobe Photoshop will help you learn the skills you need to succeed in graphic and Web design.