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These courses offer hands-on training so you can complete creative projects for professional, personal and academic communication.

With purchase of an HSU ID card ($5), registered students are entitled to educationally-priced software from the HSU Bookstore, and use of campus computer labs during open hours.

Earn a Certificate of Completion in Digital Communications & Imaging

Complete any three courses to earn a certificate of completion.

To apply for your certificate, download the Application for Certificate of Completion: Digital Communications & Imaging (PDF form*). (Adobe Reader required for viewing, completing and saving PDF forms.)

See the application form for details on how it should be submitted.

The Essentials of Digital Photography

With León Villagómez

Learn the basics of photography. Get tips to help you understand your camera's functions and how to compose creative and quality images. It doesn't matter if you have already started playing with photography or if it' the first time you have ever used a DSLR camera – this workshop will give you a solid foundation for improving your photography.

Bring a camera with a standard or prime lens.


León Villagómez is a professional wedding and commercial photographer. His work is minimalistic and incorporates natural geometric shapes while capturing the emotions of his subjects (


Advanced Adobe Photoshop®

With Hal Work

A "beyond-the-basics" opportunity to learn the techniques that maximize the professional potential of Photoshop CC. Explore advanced image and color adjustments, retouch and repair techniques, channel features and advanced compositing. Manipulate your images on layers using tonality and color control. Gain an understanding of color management, ICC profiles and print consistency. Learn to process RAW files effectively to greatly enhance an image.

Prerequisite: Intro to Photoshop & Image Editing or a basic knowledge of the Photoshop application.

date  Sat., June 10
time  10 a.m.-4 p.m.
fee  $125
place  HSU Campus: Gist Hall 215
class # 31212: REGISTER ONLINE

Hal Work is an award winning digital artist and photographer. He has been the manager and instructor of the Eureka Photoshop User Group for 14 years. Prior to that, he worked in Silicon Valley for over 30 years at computer companies ranging from Cromemco microcomputers to Hewlett-Packard.


Other courses to be announced:

Intro to Adobe InDesign®

With Amy Barnes

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard for page layout and design. Used worldwide by seasoned professionals and creatives alike, InDesign is an approachable and powerful tool for building print projects such as books, magazines, newsletters, display ads, posters, tickets, t-shirts, labels and more. 

This introductory class explores the basics of InDesign's page layout capabilities. A series of in-class exercises will provide an understanding of tools, menus, panels, page set-up, type and linked image features, layers, placing and manipulating graphics, master pages, guides and margins, auto-page numbering and exporting files to PDF format. We'll also cover the basics of working with color, typography and good design practice.

This course will utilize Adobe InDesign CS6.

Amy Barnes is a writer and designer living in the wilds of Fieldbrook. An Adobe devotee, Amy has used the programs to create everything from company logos to annual reports to bumperstickers to newspaper ads. She has worked (and volunteered) in media and print design since her college intern days in the late '80s.


Intro to Photoshop® & Image Editing

With Amy Barnes

This fast-paced course for beginners offers an introduction to basic digital image management and editing. Whether you are a digital camera enthusiast, professional photographer or social media marketer, this lecture and demonstration-based course covers essential Photoshop image-editing techniques.

Through hands-on exercises in a computer lab setting, you'll learn to work with layers, layer masks and adjustments, painting and repairing tools, filters and effects. The course will utilize CS6 Adobe Photoshop and Bridge software, and will translate easily to previous versions of the programs.

Amy Barnes is a writer and designer living in the wilds of Fieldbrook. An Adobe devotee, Amy has used the programs to create everything from company logos to annual reports to bumperstickers to newspaper ads. She has worked (and volunteered) in media and print design since her college intern days in the late '80s.


Introduction to Vector Image Illustration

For the artist and non-artist alike, Illustrator offers everyone the opportunity to create beautiful graphics. No prior drawing skills are necessary! You will learn the simple techniques and advanced vector illustration tricks to create eye-catching imagery. Learn to utilize the crisp line capacities of vector illustration, focusing mainly on logos, ads, and quick-to-load web images. The instructor will guide you through online Color Resources to select a theme for your logo, branding and marketing identity. Learn to create images from a photo, illustration or clip-art icons.

Through in-class demonstration and hands-on practice, you will learn to draw and edit digital vector images with pen tools; convert text to art for personalized identity branding; auto-trace photographic images into outlined graphics; apply special effects and paint with color, textures and gradients. You will also learn the diversity and ease of working on layers to simplify image management.


Digital Marketing Mastery

This three-session professional development seminar is a comprehensive course in understanding and applying the techniques and theories of digital marketing. Whether you want to increase your value as an employee or take control of promoting your own business, this course is sure to empower you with the skills necessary to excel in your career.

Topics include personal versus business branding, social media digital marketing platforms, basic web design and SEO practices, fundamental analytics, and advertising. The cutting-edge approaches and techniques taught in this course will prepare you for business success online and offline with the end goal of increasing your profits and expanding your networks.


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