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The Chicago Portfolio School

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Our school's a little different. But, so are you, otherwise you wouldn't be here. Try on a few eyeballs and check out Chicago Portfolio School.

See it through the eyes of:

Digital Design

Sure, we're a Portfolio School. But, really we're an Idea School. We believe that Concept is King and Content is King too.

IA / INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE

Digital Designers

Learn the principles of navigation, content strategy and site design as well as user testing.

HTML/CSS SYSTEMS

Digital

Understanding the web, the building blocks of front-end design and CSS to make your design look great.

WEB APPLICATIONS

Digitals

A review of the most popular web applications including PHP, Python and Ruby, and various frameworks like Django and Rails.

DATABASE DEVELOPMENT

Back end developers

Understanding design and implementation of databases using MySQL and working with API’s and web applications.

Design for Mobile

All design types

A review of the most popular platforms like Android and iOS, and app stores plus building for mobile using 3rd-party platforms and Jquery to install apps using web applications.

SEO & ANALYTICS

Digital

Google certified SEO and Analytics instructions. Also, review of best practices for banner ad, adwords and email strategies.

Information Graphics

Designers

Boring statistics can’t look boring! Learn to translate and summarize complex information into cool and clever pictographs, charts, diagrams, tables, and symbols.

Storytelling

Everyone

Campaigns are really brand stories with a consistent voice, tone and character told across all channels. Learn to tell good stories that are true and persuasive.

Typography

The digital people

Nothing elevates a portfolio like great use of type. The ability to choose the best typeface, wrap text like a ninja and pair fonts is what separates the wanna’s from the be’s.

CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Digital strategist folks

Working with the most popular CMS systems like Drupal, Wordpress and Expression Engine.

MOTION GRAPHICS

Digital people

After Effects, Final Cut, and Flash using video and audio for sites and interactive presentations.

FLASH DEVELOPMENT

Digital

Learn Flash timeline animation, ActionScript and other Adobe based development tools like Flex to make RIA's.

Interaction Design

Digital types.

Think up something cool. And then build it!

UX - User Experience

Everyone

Time to take back the web from the nerds! User experience is everyone’s job now. A review of the interactive ecosystem and the channels plus learning about site maps, use cases and personas.

Classternship

Designers

Meet at a real agency once a week to work on actual clients, projects, briefs, deadlines and budgets. It’s like having a teacher and a boss.

Digital Bootcamp

Everyone that needs help

They teach CPS students Adobe Creative Suite apps, Motion Graphics using Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and site design and development at 80% off regular price. Use it or lose it.

Marketing Your Book

Everyone who wants a job!

Samples are the best examples of your talent but there’s more to it than that. Resume, interview, emails, site, tweets, etc. are all a reflection of your get it-ness.

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