New York Institute of Art and Design Offers Online Courses in Design and Writing

The variety of on online courses available to self-motivated creative professionals continues to expand.

NYInsituteofArtandDesignThe New York Institute of Art and Design has added three of their most popular courses to their online learning center: The Complete Course in Interior Design, The Complete Course in Wedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design: Beading and Wire Working.

Each course is available entirely online to students all over the world. The NYIAD online learning center is accessible via desktop or laptop computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever students have an internet connection. Students can now access everything they need for their online course in one place – lessons, audio clips, video training and tests.

The Interior Design Course is approved by Certified Interior Decorators (CID) International. Students learn design trends, color theory, concepts of scale and proportion, furniture styles, lighting, and fabrics. Alongside their NYIAD mentor, students complete a variety of room designs and develop a portfolio of professional- quality work. By the time they graduate, students have the artistic and the business skills needed to work as an interior designer.

The Wedding Planning Course is accredited by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Students learn how to turn their passion for weddings and events into a career. From pre-planning to execution, the course teaches students how to work with clients and vendors to plan any event. All students who complete the course have a solid foundation in the business of wedding planning; they are ready to work in the field that they love.

The Jewelry Design Course teaches students to create and sell their own unique line of jewelry. Students learn the basics of color theory and composition, patterns, beading, jump rings, spirals, right-angle weaves, and a wide array of other techniques. The course also teaches basic photography and marketing skills so that students can go on to sell their jewelry online and at trunk shows.

“The New York Institute of Art and Design’s mission has always been to provide the highest quality training to anyone interested in advancing their skills,” said NYIAD Education Director Jay Johnson. “And offering our most popular courses online means that students will have access to the best creative education anywhere they go.”

Other courses offered through the online learning center include:

Professional Blogging

Creative Writing: Fiction and Memoir Writing

 Feng Shui Interior Design

The blogging course covers everything from blog design, post length and frequency, to finding and attracting new readers, and earning money with your blog both online and off. The Fiction and Memoir Writing course is enables aspiring writers to improve their skills and get feedback from published authors. Attendees learn how to develop intriguing characters and storylines and publish their work.

About the New York Institute of Art and Design

Founded in 1985, The New York Institute of Art and Design provides online education for creative professionals all over the world. Through a unique combination of personal mentoring and online education, NYIAD students can learn how to master a skill and turn it into a career. The New York Institute of Art and Design is owned and operated by Distance Education Co., LLC, along with sister school, New York Institute of Photography.


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Shutterstock Launches Online Learning Platform for Creatives

Whether you’re a designer, photographer, artist, videographer, multimedia journalist, or independent author, the need to learn new subjects or software seems never ending. The newest provider of online courses for digital professionals is Shutterstock — a company that is best known for providing high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations and videos to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world.

SkillfeedLogoTheir new platform called Skillfeed offers subscription-based access to thousands of videos on topics including: 3D and motion graphics, web development, graphic design, photography, video, audio, and business. Courses and tutorials cover more than 50 different programs ranging from Ableton Live, Access, and Acrobat to Word, WordPress, and Xcode and everything in between, such as Digital Publishing Suite, Maya, Premiere Pro, and Ruby.

At launch, Skillfeed features more than 10,000 videos from over 100 instructors. Select from comprehensive courses such as “Learning to Build Apps for iPhone and iPad” or “Skill Snacks” such as “How to Make a Vintage Circus Poster in Photoshop” or “How to Use Motion Templates in Final Cut Pro.”


The comprehensive courses (with videos that last 20 minutes or more) are designed to help you develop professional skills in selected areas. The Skill Snacks are short videos you can watch on your lunch break to pick up new tips and techniques.

“We’ve learned a lot about the benefits of a global, crowdsourced marketplace model from Shutterstock, and applied that knowledge to online learning,” said Shutterstock’s Founder and CEO Jon Oringer .”The idea evolved from our existing customer and contributor communities and quickly expanded to include all digital professionals.”

“Skillfeed is a natural extension for Shutterstock since we already serve an active, paying community of more than 750,000 professionals who view us as a trusted, creative resource,” adds Oringer. “We are excited to offer yet another way to help digital communicators succeed in their work.”

To celebrate the launch, Skillfeed is offering a free one-week trial. Subscriptions for unlimited video access start at $19 per month.

If you have skills you would like to share, you can register to become a Skillfeed instructor. You will get paid every month based on how many minutes your instructional videos are viewed by Skillfeed members.



How to Become a Skillfeed Instructor


Attend Online Courses at Gnomon School of Visual Effects

DESGINERS. For over fifteen years, the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, California has trained many of the world’s best digital artists currently working on blockbuster movies and games.

Starting January 7, 2013, they will launch an expansive new online training curriculum with more than 50 individual courses. The courses will be held in a 100% live interactive format and taught entirely by leading industry professionals via live screen-sharing technology and webcams.  Registration for these courses is now open.

Courses will cover a vast range of subjects within visual effects and game production, such as concept design, modeling, character animation, dynamic effects, compositing and matte painting.  The curriculum utilizes software including Maya, 3D Studio Max, Houdini, ZBrush, Mari, Nuke, Photoshop, Unreal and many more.

You will be able to develop personalized paths on any subject from beginner to advanced levels. To support the live lecture component of the courses, Gnomon has developed a brand new back-end that includes private forums, homework, handouts, grading, attendance records, and everything that students experience when taking courses at Gnomon’s Hollywood campus.

Over the past year, a team of us at Gnomon have been working hard to develop an amazing online experience,” says Alex Alvarez, founder and director of Gnomon. “We are proud of what we have put together, and I personally can’t wait to take a bunch of these classes myself! After almost 20 years in the industry, I remain humbled by how much more there is to learn.  Through this new resource I hope others will share my enthusiasm for what Gnomon has created.”

At its Hollywood campus, Gnomon offers full-time two and three-year programs on entertainment design and digital production, as well 100 individual extension courses. Called “The MIT of Visual Effects” by Fast Company magazine, Gnomon strives to offer students unprecedented exposure to visual effects and game production, and maintains an institutional placement rate of 97%.


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Live, Online Courses at The Gnomon School of Visual Effects