Course Description

This course focuses on the creative process of sketching, refining and finalizing pattern designs. Surface Design Digital Creation exposes students to many styles and techniques for creating new designs directly on the computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. 

Complementing the hands-on studio techniques in Surface Design Techniques I-III coursework,  students draw vector based patterns in Illustrator, learn digital painting in Photoshop using custom brushes, symbols and scripts for speeding up repetitive tasks and setting up templates. An overview of the new application Procreate for the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is covered. 

Lectures include design methodology, artist case studies, design themes and product categories. Instruction includes discussion and demonstration of the various methods of repeat processes used to create overall design pattern and color mixing and application. Through structured hands-on design problems, students execute surface designs in collections suitable for a portfolio, and apply those designs to product mock ups. Students also learn to scan their hand-painted artwork, retouch, manipulate colors and prepare for their portfolios.

- Through weekly Zoom meetings, students will work under the guidance of instructor expertise to achieve their work in a virtual studio environment. In addition, students take part in select course activities at their own time; course content will be posted on a weekly basis based on the scheduled meeting date.


Specific coursework required for Certificate Students; all other students should have equivalent experience.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Surface Design: Digital Creation
1:30PM to 4:30PM
Jun 05, 2021 to Aug 07, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • On-Line Distance Learning
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Materials List
  • There are no materials for this course

Course Requirements:

  • This course requires you to have a computer with an internet connection, a camera and mic to participate in an online course setting; ZOOM Web Conferencing App and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop installed; and access to a flatbed scanner (8.5 x 11 or larger).

  • As an Otis Extension student, you are eligible for select software discounts which can be found online under the software company’s education section of its website. Educational license is available here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html

Section Notes
  • This course includes 30 hours of class time plus at least 15 hours of homework time.

  • All times are listed for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

  • Course teaching method: Synchronous                                                                                    

  • Synchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for the instructor and students to meet during scheduled times. Includes lectures, demos and discussions via Zoom.

  • Course details subject to change. Please check this page regularly to verify information. After registering for a course, visit your student profile page for updates.


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