The key skills that you learn in this two year programme are exactly what employers are looking for and we’re focusing on much more than mere employability.
X1 is an 18 month programme featuring a Foundation Studies module followed by a Skills Specialization phase where students can opt to specialize in either Web Technologies & Design or Graphic Design & Print Technologies. An optional Level 3 is also available for super skills development for the Mobile & Web space.
The Ecosystem | The Interconnected World Around Us
Technology has changed the way we look and interact with the world around us. Distances and borders do not really matter anymore, as the information tools of the age brings us closer and into a bind that is truly a treasure trove of knowledge, wisdom and progress.
The greatest invention of the last century was perhaps not just the computer, but the intricate system of internet connected worlds that we call The Internet. From its early days of academic and military use to becoming an essential part of our daily lives, the world of the web is truly magical. Equally amazing is the way information is organized and presented on the Internet. From humble pages full of text in the 1970s to full blown multimedia experiences and applications of today, the Internet has come a long way and its poised for a leap into another dimension of high speed connectivity and a whole new level of interaction, mobility and usability.
And it is not just the Internet, but technology today has brought synergy to the mediums of Print, Web, Television, Cinema and Mobile, creating a unique and rich ecosystem that has become an essential part of our lives. As more and more devices, from phones to televisions to even refrigerators, cars and watches go online, we’re all set to witness an information revolution, one that will pave the way for seamless availability of information and knowledge, something that was once the subject of science fiction. Not anymore !
The Opportunity | And lots of it !
On the Graphic Design side, its no longer a mundane play of text and imagery. Brands are built on great design, be it a logo, or a letterhead or even a visiting card. And its not just about brand development, its also about evoking an emotion rather than disseminating information as it used to be in the past.
So where is the opportunity ? There are tons of job opportunities in the Web Design & Development, Graphic Design & Print industry today and they’re growing exponentially. These fast growing IT/ITES industries are consistently inviting high quality talent and besides jobs, there is an amazing entrepreneurial movement in India that is empowering young minds to startup their own ventures.
Typical Web Designing & Graphic Design Courses ? | No Thanks !
During our research phase, we analyzed the reasons for dearth of quality manpower in the New Media technology and creative space and we realized that though there are many training providers who offer courses on Web Designing, Development, Graphic Designing & Print, almost all of them were getting it wrong. The world today moves at the speed of light and technology is what facilitates this accelerated phenomenon. In such a scenario, we found most curriculums teaching outdated technologies, techniques and basically everything that you should not be using today. Infact, these courses were a perfect example of what NOT to learn if you have to be a Web Designer, or a Developer or a Graphic Designer.
Presenting X1 | Not Just Any Course !
So, in late 2012, we set out to create a unique programme that lives up to the spirit of Frameboxx and we created X1 | A Diploma Certificate like no other. The key skills that you learn in this two year programme are exactly what employers are looking for and we’re focusing on much more than mere employability.
This two year programme is divided into two levels - Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Specialization. The first part of the programme equips you with fundamental skills that enable you to work as a Jr. Web Designer or as a Jr. Graphic Designer or even a motion graphics artist and a video editor.
The real fun begins in the second year with Level 2 where you get to pick from either specializing in the Web track or the Graphic Design & Print track. Over the course of two years, you graduate from a Jr. level Artist and/or Developer to achieving skills equivalent to a Senior Designer / Software Developer.
So, dive down into X1 and see why we’re so excited to bring it to you.
The Foundation module equips you with skills in three unique domains namely Graphic Design, Web Design and Motion Graphics. At each stage, the emphasis is on building professional skills that will empower you to kick start your career even before hitting Level 2. At the end of Level 1, students can actually start working as Junior Artists and Designers.
The first stage of this programme brings enlightenment about the following industries :
This module introduces you to the basics of Graphic Design and Print Technology. You will learn about creating your own graphics as well as enhancing and manipulating existing images and artwork. In addition to this you will learn about layouts and designing elements in popular software applications.
This module introduces you to the art of Web Design & Development. At the end of this module, you would be able to design and host a basic website.
This module introduces you to the art of creating Motion Graphics and 3D. At the end of this module, you would be able to create title animations, montages, 3D Animated graphics and lots more.
The Specialization Stage of the programme allows you to pick a track of your choice and pursue upto ten months of intense study and practice. This unique curriculum is state of the art and has been carefully designed after thorough research and analysis of skills most desired by employers, consumers and top organizations.
This module introduces you to the World Wide Web and encourages you to look into the future as we trace progress from the first few days of the Internet to an understanding of standards and technologies. We will take a look at the processes that go into building a great web presence and how recent developments are shaping the future on the Web. We look at devices and platforms where your website and/or application needs to work and key strategies to get there successfully. Additionally, we will revisit essential rules of Programming as a primer to get started with the next level of development.
In this capsule, we examine, we examine the importance of User Interface and Experience development. We then look at the following topics :
Just as in Graphic Design & Print, great typography plays a critical role in setting the right visual tone for your readable content. We look at Imageless typography, Web Fonts and how you can integrate them into your project.
Designing a User Interface (UI) for a website, an application or even a game requires an indepth understanding of human psychology and various other contributing factors. We take an indepth look into the following factors & processes here and come up with unique and intuitive User Interfaces in this module.
To actually get started with building web apps and sites, you need to setup a development environment first. We create our development sandbox using the most popular server + scripting + database combination of Apache + MySQL + PHP with the WAMP stack. We also look at configuration options for the Apache server as well as the numerous tricks with the .htaccess file.
Now that you’re set up for design and coding, we will jump straight into HTML5 and CSS3 and create magic. There is a lot to learn here as we touch upon almost everything that goes into creating a rock solid HTML5+CSS3 front end.
Landing pages are essential for online marketing such as campaigns on Google Adwords. However, a lot goes into creating a really worthy landing page. We dive straight in and create a handful of landing pages for various products and services and examine the why and the how of a great online marketing campaign.
Today, more and more applications are moving into the browser and the cloud. This means that you can now create full blown applications, just as how developers created for Windows and Linux back in the middle ages, only now they run in your web browser. So, all you need is access to the internet and you’re good to go. This paradigm shift in how applications are created and deployed has spawned a whole new movement - Into the Cloud. In this module we will examine how apps are structured, how they are built and how the cloud fits into this picture.
Wordpress is a popular blog and content management system used worldwide. Themes are templates which describe the presentation of the site and these can be hand crafted. We’ll be creating our own templates here.
Once we’ve created our functional front end, its time to build the server side functionality so that we can interact with the database and perform functions that make our application alive, agile and smart.
PHP and MySQL represent the most widely used combination of server side scripting language & database engine. And we’re not just skimming over the basics here, we’ll go deep down to the core of this server side ecosystem and create logic that pairs with our frontend apps and websites.
Frameworks are fun. They turn coding nightmares into a highly enjoyable exercise. By dividing logic, presentation and database transactions into separate modules, frameworks like Codeigniter and Laravel turn even the most complicated of applications into a manageable and structured project. In this module, we create structured server side code to power our dynamic front end apps.
Using Web Services and APIs such as Facebook API, Twitter API, Paypal API and lots more we can extend functionality of our application as well as integrate it with major third party service providers and systems.
The whole world is moving into the Cloud. What that basically means is that applications are no longer confined to desktops, closed group servers and clients and are now available on the web with universal access. This also means that storage and computing is spread across a network of servers and not just one macro unit. In this module, we’ll look at the Cloud revolution and how this affects your applications and projects.
What good are skills if they are not applied to a challenging project. Therefore, in this module, we apply skills learnt so far and create a state of the art Web 2.0 applications and sites that look great and perform well. So, be it a social network or a webapp that simplifies your daily routine, we’ll cook up a real world project here.
Social Media is revolutionizing the way we interact and communicate and it goes beyond that. In this module we will examine Social Media intricately and create a proper place for it for our projects.
To understand the essence of any industry, it's important to know the history & evolution as passed on by generation to generation in terms of art, methods and techniques. Its very crucial for creative aspirants to explore the historical developments to understand the future course of evolution.
With new technologies & change of ideologies, design kept improving and changing forms to evolve and to meet the creative needs of designers & the industry.
To build a strong base in design, fundamentals play a very important role. Strong fundamentals will not only broaden the vision of a good designer but enlighten the artist with endless possibilities to create wonderful designs.
Sketching / Drawing is quick freehand drawn rough artwork that is not intended for concept development for a project / story. With fundamentals in practice its super useful to layout any concept on paper which later can be formalized into fully functional artwork.
To begin with any visual design process, the designer needs to familiarize himself/herself with fundamentals of creative arts & industry standards.
Digital Photography has revolutionized how we capture and process photographs. Photography is also an excellent medium for creative expression and learning.
Printing is a process of reproducing graphics using ink on various mediums such as paper, plastic, cloth, etc. This process is carried out as small scale to large scale industries. We take a sneak peek at various print & publishing techniques and their origins.
Broadcast Design involves creation of graphics for television or film production companies. A Broadcast Designer works with a variety of creative & media people to produce interesting graphics for television broadcast programs, advertisements, motion graphics, opening credits and montages.
Design is the soul of any visual graphics. Its imperative for any designer to understand & practice principles essential to create efficient, effective and attractive graphic designs for a brand / product.
Brand, Identity & Logo designs have three different roles in corporate identity creation of any organization. Together they form a visual branding to be recognized as a known brand or product.
Layout in any graphic design deals in style treatment, placement and management of its design elements & Its areas. Each element will have its own proportional area layout as per the creative choice of designer. Layouts can be formed after considering principles of design for any product.
Typography is an art of creating, designing or manipulating typefaces into wonderful effective visual form of graphics. Most of the times type itself is arranged using properties of text editors and fonts, but under extreme conditions, designers tend to manipulate & reinvent typefaces to create different form of visual communication of art.
Advertisement is an old but very popular form of communication using visual form of elements to persuade, convince, encourage and manipulate consumers behaviour for commercial or other interests.
Poster design is an art of creating and arranging elements of design in a visual form so as to attract the attention of viewer with a visually empowered message. Poster art is executed to communicate for a variety of purposes such as social, festivals, promotions, campaigns, art, photography, advertising and lot more.
Instructional design is creating systematic development of instructional specifications which makes acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective and appealing.
Packaging design is a sought after skill. A nicely packaged product has increased sellability than a poorly packed one. Designers are responsible to create graphics, connecting form & structure, materials, colors, images and other design elements with product information.
Information design or data design is also known as Data Visualization. It is the practice of presenting data information graphically in a way that fosters efficient and effective understanding.
The art of Industrial design involves around the skill of applied science & art to create a product design with aesthetics, ergonomics, architecture, functionality and usability. Its the job of designer to manage the proportions among various forms of elements.
eMedia design is the youngest of all other design industries. Since the Digital revolution took place, designers have been passionately in love with digital design applications & creating wonderful electronic media arts.
Digital photography is one of the forms of design. It is being employed by designers to capture real life moments or raditionally created artwork into digital form with or without editing, effects and manipulations.
Design using traditional media reflects to forms of arts prevalent before the origin of digital age that may include experimental media in nature. This art form is the base of visual art design and will continue to persist under various traditional media such as Pencil, Paint, Clay, Paper, Printmaking.
Broadcast designer’s job is to create graphics for TV & broadcast media, brand, identity, promos and other program sequences.
Copywriting is an act of writing a copy of text for the purpose of selling advertisement, product, business, idea etc. The reader should get persuaded by what’s being conveyed.
Beside traditional tools, the method of presentation is equally important to the process of design. Graphic Arts software applications introduced a generation of designers to digital graphics manipulation & creation that had previously been performed via traditional techniques of publishing such as paper, ink, pencil, colors etc.
Adobe’s Photoshop is a powerful tool to create, enhance and manipulate digital graphics & art for photographers, designers, web designers, videographers and 3D artists.
Adobe’s Illustrator is a digital application to create scalable vector graphics to be used for print, web and video. It is employed by various artists for designing illustrations, type, effects and all sorts of visual elements.
Adobe’s InDesign is an industry standard publishing application for print publications, digital magazines, web designs, interactive PDFs and EPUBs. It is one of the best page layout program with effective set of controls.
CorelDraw is a trusted long standing industry design application used by designers. Its a content rich application used by masses to produce professional graphic designs, photo editing, web contents and illustrations.
AngularJS brings dynamism to HTML5 apps by letting developers create expressive code that enables rapid creation of multi-view web apps. AngularJS is by Google and has been used on several major web applications such as Youtube on Playstation 3. The AngularUI is a companion library that extends UI capabilities of AngularJS.
MongoDB is a scalable, high performance and open source NoSQL database. A NoSQL database differs from traditional SQL Database engines like MySQL and effectively enables creation of highly scalable applications that need to handle very large sets of data efficiently. Mongoose adds elegant support for MongoDB in NodeJS.
Paper.js is an open source vector graphics scripting framework that runs on top of the HTML5 Canvas. It offers a clean Scene Graph / Document Object Model and a lot of powerful functionality to create and work with vector graphics and bezier curves, all neatly wrapped up in a well designed, consistent and clean programming interface.
PhoneGap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for the platforms you care about. Phonegap allows you to build applications that seamlessly deploy across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry OS, Symbian and BadaOs.