What will I need for the class?
There are a few things you'll need to take any of the classes (except for Design Fundamentals):
LAPTOP: Since you're just starting out, you don't really need a super powerful machine. I will be using my Macbook Pro, but honestly as long as you're able to run the programs, any laptop will do (even PC's!)
CREATIVE CLOUD ACCOUNT: Unfortunately, you will have to pay for a Creative Cloud (CC) account. The good news is that you can pay for an individual app instead of the entire package! If you plan on taking all three, then I suggest you get the entire collection plan. Another awesome thing about the CC is that you can cancel it whenever you want.
TRELLO ACCOUNT: I will be posting assignments, lesson plans, examples, references etc. on Trello. Once you sign up for a class, you'll get an invite to join the Public Service: School group. It's really easy to use. I use it to project manage my own projects. Don't worry, you'll get a quick tutorial on the first day of class. Oh, and it's free!
WACOM TABLET (OPTIONAL): A pen and tablet gives you more control of what you're doing. If you've never used one before, it could take some time to master. There are different price points that run from $85 (Bamboo) to $400 (Intuos Pro). A mouse or trackpad will probably be fine as a beginner, so please don't feel obligated to buy one! You can definitely try mine out during class.
What if I need extra help?
I want you to learn these programs in order to help you with personal and professional projects. There will be open lab hours during the weekend, you can email me anytime, and I'll make myself available half an hour before and after class. Just remember that all you're doing is learning a tool, nothing more. Remember to ask questions and share things with the class. There are still things that I'm learning to this day!
How many classes am I allowed to miss?
If it were up to me, I would say none. However, most of us are professionals and work/life happens. I understand. I am human and so are you. If you miss a class or two, it's no big deal; but I highly recommend you contact me, check out the latest Trello board updates and come to the lab hours.
Will I get a certificate at the end of the class?
You won't be certified, but I would be happy to write a recommendation if it made sense to do so. At the end of the class, you will get a final project that I hope you are proud of. I plan on posting the projects on the Public Service site so you can show your friends how awesome you are.
What's the refund policy?
Refunds will be given only if you cancel at least one day before the class starts. After you attend class, no refunds will be given.
Are you on any form of social media?
Not yet, but I plan to be soon. Stay tuned!