Learn the fundamentals of design theory and the intricacies of numerous Graphic Design areas. Graduate with ‘stand out’ design creations, practical skills, and the capacity and confidence to produce anything design-related. 

Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign required

Design Theory and Projects

(+ the business skills to jumpstart to start your career)

I would recommend DAs Graphic Design & Portfolio course to aspiring graphic designers. Not only did I gain graphic design skills, but I built a presentable portfolio as well.

Fraydie Gurkow – Freelancing 2019-2020

Check out what our students create in the course

Complete this course,
having accomplished the following







Design Alive is unreal. After the intensive design training Design Alive provided, I find that I naturally apply the skills we were taught. The difference shows remarkably in my projects. Besides the great teaching, it is most pleasing to have acquired a network of friends the world-over, all with a passion for design that matches my own. Having a variety of contacts to confer with over graphics questions and design opinions is a major benefit. Lastly, I must applaud my instructor for her blue-ribbon teaching. Her clarity and patience is unmatched, as is her indispensable support every step of the way.

Esther Heller, Brooklyn, NY
in-house graphic designer for Blue Sky Trading, Inc,
Graphic Design

You are the perfect fit for this course if you are

The Design Enthusiast
You have the drive to create beautiful content.

The Adobe techie
You have some experience and feel comfortable with the three core Adobe programs (see Graphic Fundamentals)

Customize your learning
experience to fit your schedule

 Live Learning  Cohort Learning  Self- paced learning
icon_small (8) When Course runs from October-February. Course runs from
Complete in your own time and at your own pace. You are able to begin at any point during the year.
icon_small (9) Classes 2 classes per week 
8.30-10.30 pm EST Learning hours: 75 hrs + homework
4 x 1 hr classes per
week plus live meetings

Streamed classes released weekly to complete in your own time each week. Learning hours: 75 hrs + homework
Complete in your own time and at your own pace. You have 18 months to complete the course.
icon_small (10) Perfect for someone who needs Real-time interaction with instructors and classmates, structure and accountability. Flexibility within a structured learning environment for all time zones A starting point at any time during the year and wants to complete the course at your own time and pace.
icon_small (11) Advantages Interact in a classroom setting, learn from lecturers, and establish real-time relationships. Stay on track in the course as part of a group, receive live feedback and email correspondence to ensure accountability and progress. Start whenever you need, create a personalized schedule, and work at your own pace to complete the course.

Meet your instructors

Alyse Bayles

Design Theory Instructor

Meet Alyse, a highly skilled and dedicated graphic design instructor with over a decade of teaching. With her guidance, you're in for an immersive learning journey that will equip you with the knowledge and skills in this dynamic field. Alyse's expertise shines through as she shares her extensive knowledge in the Adobe software, Design Principles, Design History, Traditional Drawing, Layout Techniques, Typography, and Web Development. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, Alyse is here to take you under her wing and nurture your creative potential.

Zippy Thumim

Cohort Course Instructor

Meet Zippy Thumim, a graphic designer with over 25 years of experience, prestigious education, and a thriving freelance business. Zippy's talent is evident in her renowned book jacket designs and layouts. With over two decades of teaching Graphic Design across various schools and courses, Zippy is now directing Design Alive, offering exceptional internet-based courses for aspiring designers. Her industry recognition attracts clients in search of talented students for potential job opportunities.

Your Syllabus

Design Foundations

Master timeless principles for strong design
and layout

Graphics Empower 02

Color Theory

Explore color’s scientific and psychological properties and how to apply it to design.

Typography Mastery

Utilize fonts effectively in your designs and become confident at choosing, pairing and thinking creatively with type.

Idea Development

From research to creation, transform concepts into inspired designs.

Corporate identity

Unique logos, stationery for real clients

Graphics Empower 02

Book covers

Typography, layout, actual covers, print potential


Creative campaigns, psychology use.

Editorial design

Typography, layout, magazine covers.


3D designs, real clients, production chance


Professional brand style, guide, design.


Layout, composition, multi-page booklets


Print, online showcase with mockups.

Bonus Section


Master crucial business basics: clients management, getting clients, invoices, contracts, and pricing like a pro. Elevate your design game with these industry tricks.


Learn to connect with industry professionals, expand your network, and display your Designs and portfolio for your own professional career. 

Check out what our grads are creating now

Why Choose Design Alive’s Motion Academy

No upsells, complete education tailored for landing a job

Join a community of like minded peers with job postings and support

Earn credits with our recognised college level courses


Employment opportunities  


Yes, you need knowledge of the adobe programs photoshop, illustrator and indesign. You can take Graphic Fundamentals which will teach you the programs.

Live learning option- All classes and feedback is live.  The course starts in October-July, students learn in a class structure, and learn at the pace of the class
Cohort learning option-The course starts in October, with students learning in a class structure and progressing at the pace of the weekly classes which are distributed. Live feedback is communicated between the teacher and students.
Self Paced option – Students begin at any time during the year. The course is completed at the students own pace. Homework, Grading homework,  and correspondence is all done over email between teachers and students.

In general, students will be expected to participate in all lessons. However all classes are recorded and can be caught up in time for the next class.

Yes, you can pay for the course over 12 payments.

The course is built around the Jewish year with a winter (Chanukah) vacation and vacation during the month of Nissan. A course calendar will be emailed to all students after registration.

The graphic design, computer graphics and motion graphics courses will require access to the Adobe programs. now only offer a subscription based use of all software with a monthly fee of $19.99 with a year commitment.  Design Alive students can take advantage of this student rate.

Yes. Upon successful completion of all projects and program tests (including regular attendance), students will be presented with a certificate of completion from Design Alive.
There is also an option to gain accreditation for courses completed that can be put towards a degree.