Explore Graphic Design in
An immersive, 10-week program hosted by HackCvilleApplications Open 08/25/2019
Learn design principles and the Adobe Creative Suite
Vector is a 10-week program that focuses on learning hard skills with Adobe Creative Suite – 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.
Practice through real-world projects
Throughout the program, you'll work on hands-on projects within the local community to put your skills into practice. Projects will range from resume design, logo design, poster design, gif creation, 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.
Join our community
Through collaborative projects, group dinners, hikes, pregames, and more you’ll become part of HackCville’s tight-knit community. We serve all UVA students (grad/undergrad) and Charlottesville community members 18+.
Applying to Vector
Applications will open Sunday, August 25, 2019
Vector meets twice a week, once as an entire class on Sundays 1-2:30pm + Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm, and a second time in a small group. (Those meeting times are flexible as they're set by the small group you'll join.) All programs meet starting January 30 through late April.
All sections of all programs (including Vector) start January 30.
You must be able to attend each session. More than a few missed meeting times will result in being dropped from HackCville.
A $110 course fee is due within 5 days of acceptance into the course.
There is an additional $60 materials fee per student for Vector, due at the beginning of the program. This will cover the cost of Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of the program. If you already have Creative Cloud you do not need to pay the materials fee. If you are interested in Vector but cannot afford the materials fee, we still encourage you to apply -- we are able to provide financial aid.
These fees can be reduced or waived for those with financial need, no questions asked.
Skills courses are high commitment. In our application process we look for extremely committed, reliable students who are hungry for an intensive challenge. We want people who intend on becoming active, contributing members of the HackCville community.
Any UVA student (grad or undergrad) or Charlottesville resident +18 may apply.
Our application process is three steps:
- Written application, due on .
- Attendance to the first workshop, where you'll be assigned a mini-project to complete over the next week
- Completion of the project
It is strongly encouraged that you read the details of this process on the bottom of our Skills Courses page.
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Applications Open 08/25/2019
After you complete your first HackCville program (except Trips), 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 internship, job, and freelancing opportunites, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.
A community that feels like a family.
You'll join HackCville's 400-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.
Priority application for our summer program, Launch.
Get paid to learn web design, software development, marketing or data science in our 12 week summer program, Launch. You'll get trained by HackCville's expert instructors and get a guaranteed, paid internship at a local startup or tech company.
Extra Perks With Every Program
Looking for some guidance on how to navigate what you want to do? Every year we pair up hundreds of UVA alumni from across the country with our students to provide guidance and support. Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you're getting the most out of your program. It's advising that actually works.
HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York City, 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.