Vector - Graphic Design Program - HackCville


HackCville’s Graphic Design Program

Vector is a 12-week program that teaches the basics of graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite. Learn more about Vector below, or learn more about all of HackCville’s programs here.

Program Details

Vector is a 12-week program that focuses on learning hard skills with Adobe Creative Suites – Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as, soft skills for basic graphic design and branding. Through a rotation of workshops with hands-on learning and reviews, this program will introduce the iterative and reflective process of design.

Each week there will be a design project with a short writing assignment. Projects will start as individual explorations and then turn into work in small groups. Projects will range from presentation slide decks, resume design, logo design, poster design, brochure design, and more. By the end of the program students will have developed their own personal design style and be comfortable using design software to create high quality products.

There is a $50 materials fee per student for Vector, due at the beginning of the program. This will cover the cost of Adobe Creative Cloud, a personal SD card for the program, and a few other small items. If you are interested in Vector but cannot afford the materials fee, we still encourage you to apply. In most cases we are able to provide financial assistance to cover costs like these.

Vector meets twice each week: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm and Thursdays 5-6:30pm.

Meet the Program Leads

Tatiana Kalainoff

Tatiana Kalainoff is the program lead for Vector. She’s a 4th Year at UVA studying Pre-Professional Architecture, and also serves as the Head of Design for Radical Advertising. You can see her portfolio here. If you questions about Vector, you can get in touch with Tatiana at

Eleanor Birle

Eleanor is the assistant instructor of Vector. She’s a 3rd Year at UVA studying Pre-Professional Architecture and Studio Art and a marketing strategist for Radical Advertising. 

"I love the new people HackCville exposed me to: people who are driven, creative, ambitious, and inspirational. I also loved the skills, both hard and soft, I got to learn and practice. HackCville has given me a creative outlet within a great community, something I was really searching for."

- Becky Ross, HackCville Member, Storyboard Program Graduate

HackCville Membership Perks

After you complete your first HackCville program, you're granted HackCville membership. Here's what you get:

24/7 access to our fun and functional clubhouses on Elliewood Ave. Our two clubhouses are filled with hammocks, couches, whiteboards, and WiFi. Use our space to work on your projects, hold meetings, or just hang out.

Exclusive events and job opportunities. Whether it's drinks with the co-founder of Reddit or HackCville-only job opportunities, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.

A community that feels like family. You'll join HackCville's 200-member community of the most talented and badass people in Charlottesville.

Early access to HackCville programs, no application required. Want to take another program? As a member, you can just sign up - no application required. We open up spots to members before the public.

Here’s what’s included in every HackCville program.

1. Workshops

Each program cohort meets 1-2x each week at one of HackCville's clubhouses on Elliewood Avenue. You'll participate in fun, fast-paced workshops to teach you modern skills.

Along the way, you'll be become close with your peers. Many of our students end up starting projects together with the people they meet.

2. Projects

You'll work on several hands-on projects throughout the program to put what you're learning into action. This could be anything from a data visualization project to a mini-documentary to your own startup.

These make great resume-building and portfolio-building experiences, too.

3. Mentorship

HackCville pairs every student with a peer and/or alumni mentor to provide guidance and support as you work on your projects throughout the program.

Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you're getting the most out of your program.

4. Trips

HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York, San Francisco, Baltimore, and more) to tour companies, meet alumni, and give students networking opportunities with industry leaders.

Trips are where you see how what you're learning is put into action in the real world.

Learn more about all of HackCville's programs.


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