Figma & UI Design_

Evening Short Course
Next Course Begins: 15 February 2021
Length of Course: 4 Weeks
Meet your lecturers_
Sketch and UI Design Lecturer
Dimitris Broad

Dimitris completed his studies in Marketing, Visual Design and Digital Design. He is currently a part time lecturer and UI/UX designer for a app development agency.

André Phillip

Forward Thinking. Design Focused. I combine creative and usability viewpoints to create world-class products with great user experience. With over 10 years of industry experience, I bring passion and knowledge that I am happy to share.

Please note all our lecturers work as a team, and are booked based on their independent schedules. As such, course allocations are subject to change.

I would suggest these classes to anyone – the lecturer can teach novices to extremely experienced learners. He has good classroom management skills and maintains open communication with all learners. This was an excellent learning experience for me.

Lester Vermeulen
Graphic Designer, Zando

Fantastic lecturers who have shown a lot of patience and understanding towards their students.

Nineve Van Zyl
Course Attendee

Great pace and clarity of teaching.

Gary Kramer
Course Attendee

The lecturers supported me in the way I think, and gave me inputs to improve my website.

Sabrina Bruehwiler
Course Attendee

Good paced course. I had fun learning and participating in this course.

Jan Binder
Course Attendee

The lecturer had a great sense of humour, passion for his subject, knowledge and interesting inclusion of discussion of other forms of design.

Kelly Dorrington
Course Attendee

Interactive, fun and confident. The course was loaded with information and ideas.

Elizabeth von Hollstein
Course Attendee

I greatly enjoyed that the lecturer offered ‘industry secrets and tricks’.

Kelly Dorrington
Course Attendee

This module has been great fun and very interesting with regards to capabilities.

Roxanne Fowler
Course attendee

Good learning environment with a friendly lecturer

Ricky Okhiria
Course attendee

The lecturer is great! Very knowledgable and had good insight and experience to share with us.

Andrea Morgan
Course Attendee

All in all a great learning experience and definitely money well spent.

Karien Tolmie
Course Attendee

Busy doing After Effects with Lodi Paul, what a powerhouse of information and inspirational lecturer. True quality education, knowledge and experience it’s opened my world to another dimension in what’s available in the world of advertising, motion graphics, animation and the like. Thanks Lodi

Grant Cyan Williams

The course and lecturer was great. When I didn’t understand something I could always ask without feeling bad. The way in which the course was conducted was great. My overall experience was good and I will definitely come back.

Stacey Okkers
Group Graphic Designer, Vineyard Hotel

Lovely experience, was patiently and thoroughly taught the essentials of After Effects. The course schedule worked perfectly with my work schedule. Everything was easy to understand and helping assistance was always available.

Diandra Mcpherson
Learning and Development, Old Mutual Finance

I have done short courses at a different institution before and I must say that my experience at the Academy of Digital Arts was infinitely better. The lecturer was great, very informative and always willing to help. Even though I had a very good understanding and a lot of experience in After Effects before the course I found that I learnt a lot regardless and got and even better understanding of the program which is what I wanted to achieve. I actually wish the course had been a week or two longer just to gain more knowledge but I think I’ll have to come back to the Academy of Digital Arts for a different course.

Morgana Marengo
Sneaker Lab

I greatly enjoyed studying with the Academy of Digital Arts. Great lecturers and atmosphere, I would definitely come back!

Rebecca Miller
Course Attendee

Shot Academy of Digital Arts for an awesome course. I thought I knew everything when my company signed me up, but you opened my eyes to some great tricks of the trade and work processes.

James van Rensburg
Course Attendee

Was impressed by the material and lecturing style. The trainer was engaging and knowledgeable, and took us step by step through the process. Well structured and polished.

Carla Kloen
Course Attendee

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has been such a significant experience for me because I have never been surrounded with so many people as excited about Concept Art as I am. I’d recommend this course to as many people as I can.

Kalynne Forster
Course Attendee

Great start to begin concept art, really opened my eyes to how objects are created using different values of grey. 10/10. Would recommend to others.

Wesley du Preez
Graphic Designer

A++ for Andrew being the most enthusiastic teacher and knowing his stuff.

Kira Ihlein
Course Attendee

Most focused drawing/painting course I’ve been to, could feel myself improve. Loved it, you’re a brilliant lecturer.

Tessa Wessels
Course Attendee

I have done short courses at a different institution before and I must say that my experience at Friends of Design was infinitely better. The lecturer was great, very informative and always willing to help. Even though I had a very good understanding and a lot of experience in After Effects before the course I found that I learnt a lot regardless and got and even better understanding of the program which is what I wanted to achieve. I actually wish the course had been a week or two longer just to gain more knowledge but I think I’ll have to come back to Friends of Design for a different course.

Morgana Marengo
Sneaker Lab
In this course we will introduce to you the ins and outs of User Interface Design in Figma.

You will learn the fundamentals of user interface design, including colour theory, type for screen and how to set up grids, giving you the confidence to create beautiful screen designs.

From setting up a project to creating components, drawing icons, prototyping, and exporting your work for developers, we will guide you through the process, step by step, working on a fully interactive design and prototype.

Today’s UI designers are fortunate to be able to choose from a variety of tools, the one which will best serve their needs. With a growing following, Figma has taken the UI design community by storm, proving to be the most powerful at responsive, fast-paced design and team collaboration. Those designers who list Figma as their preferred tool, have also found those skills easily adaptable to other alternatives such as Sketch or Adobe XD, making it the most versatile choice.

In this course you will learn the following skills:

The Basics | What is Figma | The Figma Environment | Navigation | Vector vs Bitmap | Frames and Nested Frames | Using Guides & Grids | Creating Basic Geometry | Basic Transformations | Using the Vector Tool | Working with Text

Managing & Importing Art | Layers | Groups | Arranging & Aligning Artwork | Masks | Images | Animated Gifs

Cool Features | Components | Plugins | Figma Mirror | Libraries

Prototyping | Prototyping in Figma | Smart Animate | Overlays | Viewing & testing prototypes

Exporting Artwork | Working with Slices | Exportable Layers

UI Design Fundamentals | Design Elements and Principles | Colour Theory | Screen Sizes & Resolution | Interface Elements | Type on Screen | Grids | Images

Facts, Figures and FAQ.

Course Requirements: Basic Computer Skills

You’ll need to know how to use a computer but, other than that, just bring yourself, a notebook and pen. We provide the machines and the software.

 

What do you receive at the end of the course?

You will receive an Academy of Digital Arts Certificate of Completion.

Adobe Creative Suite All apps licence for the duration of the course, with the option to buy a 1-year licence at 70% discount.

An ADA email address and 1 terabyte of storage.

2021 Course Schedule

15 February – 10 March
24 May – 16 June
30 August – 22 September

Monday – Wednesday, 17h30 – 20h30

Classes on a public holiday will shift to the next available date, arranged by the lecturer.

 

Cost: R4 800

Why not ask about our package deals?

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