Why American Graphics Institute classes are so good
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Published on November 6, 2014
Classes at American Graphics Institute are unique. You have a chance to learn from the best practicing professionals who are noted internationally for their technical capabilities, design skills, and ability to teach. We consistently hear that the courses are great in the reviews collected at the end of each course. Clients travel from around the world to attend courses at American Graphics Institute, whether studying UX design, HTML, or any of the Adobe tools, and here’s why:
Hands on vs. lecture: American Graphics Institute courses are hands-on. You’ll practice exercises in the class rather than simply watching the instructor. Many workshops offered at other training providers are lecture-only, with no chance to follow-along or practice. We believe practice and exercises are a critical part of the learning process.
Live classes - not online: If you want an instructor in the same classroom with you when learning Adobe design tools such as Photoshop and InDesign, or coding skills such as HTML, the courses at American Graphics Institute are a good choice. There is a live instructor leading the class at all locations; the courses are not remote, and are not self-paced. You learn with a live instructor in the classroom with you who delivers the course. Our courses in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia are not online. If you prefer an online course because you can't travel to these locations, they are available. But in our classrooms, the classes are always delivered by a live instructor in the same room with you.
Computer provided vs. bring your own: American Graphics Institute has fully equipped classrooms where we provide the computers and also the applications you need to use during the course. You do not need to bring a laptop or buy the applications, as they are prepared for you in the classroom.
Curriculum: American Graphics Institute provides its Digital Classroom books, written by our staff instructors, with courses we deliver. These best-selling books include a DVD with lesson files, and this is fully integrated into the course fee. For our UX courses, we have our own curriculum custom built by our expert instructors.
Intensive learning: American Graphics Institute’s courses are intensive full-days of learning with a professional. They range from one-day to three-days in length. We find the immersive hands-on experience to be a better way to learn new skills. Course participants tell us that they learn more in two days than in courses lasting over many months that they’ve taken elsewhere.
Small group: American Graphics Institute classes are limited to 10 but typically are run with three to five participants. We conduct much of our training directly for corporate clients, and our regularly scheduled classes provide an opportunity for individuals who may have missed a session at their company or organization, or need to add a new skill.
Professional development vs. Learning for the casual hobbyist: American Graphics Institute is focused on professional development. We teach skills that are used in professional retouching, marketing, and digital design. Our programs are honed from working with clients ranging from publishers, marketers, designers, developers, and communications professionals. This means that you’ll be learning UX skills, Adobe tools, or web design skills with others who have a need for learning these, and aren’t participating in a class as a casual observer.
Expert instructors: Instructors at AGI have passed exams to show their skills and proficiency. The vast majority of our instructors have been teaching with American Graphics Institute for a decade or more. They’ve worked on UX projects, used InDesign and Photoshop in a production environment, and used HTML to create websites and emails. They are more than instructors and authors, they are practicing professionals.
When you take any of the Adobe training classes or UX courses you’ll appreciate the distinct benefits of our small group courses. Once you have taken a class at AGI and then take a class elsewhere, you’ll see the value of AGI's courses, where you can learn more in a shorter period of time with our intensive workshops and classes. We also offer private training and tutoring as well. You can contact a training consultant by phone at 781-376-6044 or use our contact form for more information.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.