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Learn how to create beautiful graphics and develop your eye for design

Section A - Sundays, 11 AM - 1 PM

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An introduction to graphic design

Learn the fundamental skills all designers need

Gain an understanding of design principles and the design process. In this course you’ll learn both hard skills within the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as soft skills such as branding, critiquing others’ work, and presenting to clients. As a creative course that encourages exploration and taking risks, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to pursue your interest in design.

Learn design principles through real design projects

In Vector you’ll create everything from logos to social media graphics to company branding guides. You’ll make most of these projects in Adobe Illustrator, though we also provide a quick introduction to Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

Get a look inside the world of design

We’ll also introduce you to the sorts of jobs and internships that are possible in graphic design. Our team can help you get started on developing a portfolio and learning what employers look for in great designers.

Skills You’ll Learn

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Design Principles

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Adobe Illustrator

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Client Communication

Meet Your Program Lead

Lauren Budreau

HackCville Member Since 2019

Membership Perks

Once you successfully complete your first Skills Course you are granted HackCville membership. Here are the perks you get access to as a member:

  • 10 weeks of hands-on skills training
  • Priority applications for Launch summer program and trips
  • Access to the HackCville clubhouses’ working and meeting space
  • Early registration and 25% discount on all Skills Courses
  • Exclusive community events and job opportunities

Fees & Accessibility

Course Fee: $125
Materials Fee: $65 (Adobe Illustrator License)

Each of our courses is just $125 — that’s less than a weekly lunch out for the semester. We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the HackCville community. We think you’ll love HackCville, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course’s first workshop meeting time. You’ll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.

Vector also has a $65 Materials Fee. This covers the cost of an Adobe Illustrator license for the duration of the program. If you already have Adobe Illustrator and/or decide to purchase your own license independently, you do not need to pay this fee. (We recommend looking into this at Adobe, as it may be a cheaper option.) As with the Course Fee, the Materials Fee can be waived for those with financial need.

Meeting Times

All of our courses meet once a week for 2 hours. Courses start the third week of UVA classes (January 26) and continue weekly through the end of April. Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in your workshop meeting time, you can expect to meet with your instructor weekly for labs (at flexible times) and to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.

We offer one section of Vector:
Section A – Sundays, 11 AM – 1 PM


Not only do you have fun doing the projects, you also get to learn how to properly use programs that actual professionals use in the workplace.

Sharon Bryant

Vector Course Graduate

Vector is such a cool program and I feel like UVA doesn’t have anything like it to offer. It’s very unique and well done!

Taylor Kamhong

Vector Course Graduate

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