Events 2017-05-22T13:31:56+00:00

Ascend Training

Events hosted at Ascend Training and Online

Freelancer Fiesta: 6/6/17

Freelancer Fiesta Date: 6/6/17
Time: 5:30pm

Bring your latest projects to showcase and get feedback, or just come to see what others are working on! We will have computers set up around our space, or you can bring a laptop to show off your web, design, illustration, video or any other creative project. A great time to get ideas, or find that right person for a project!

Doors open at 5:30pm


Adobe Video Basics Free Seminar 7/17/17

Adobe VideoAdobe Video Basics: 7/17/17
Time: 6:30pm

Jump into video and see how to create and edit video projects for the web, apps and production. Understand the best options for platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. Create transitions, titles and seamless compositions. Demystify the basics of animation and motion graphics with Adobe After Effects.

Doors open at 5:30pm


Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 Lunch & Learn: 8/11/17

Online Photoshop TrainingAdobe Photoshop CC 2017 Lunch & Learn: New and Hidden Features
Date: 8/11/17
Time: 12:15pm

Photoshop has come a long way! Learn all the latest and greatest new features such as Select and Mask, Face Aware Liquify, Oil Paint and more!

Presentation begins online a 12:15pm. This is an ONLINE only event.


Adobe Creative Cloud & Mobile Apps: 8/23/17

Adobe Creative Cloud & Mobile Apps
Date: 8/23/17
Time: 6:30pm

Use Adobe’s Creative Cloud to sync your assets across desktop & mobile! Collaborate and update files from Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign seamlessly with colleagues. Use Adobe mobile apps to create brushes, paint, and more. See how Adobe Spark creates quick and effective social media posts anywhere on the go.

Doors open at 5:30pm, presentation starts at 6:30pm. This seminar will not be recorded.


We at Ascend have a true passion for visual communication. Graphic Designers, Web Developers, Video Editors, Art Directors, and Marketing Professionals learn crucial skills to stay relevant.

ascend-staffWe offer a full array of classes for both the beginner and industry pro, and our hands-on classes ensure our students have the cutting-edge skills to stay competitive. We believe in “Learning by Doing” and students build things themselves in our immersive instructor-led classes. All instructors at Ascend are out in the real world so they can teach you real skills to bring your ideas to life. We have a fierce dedication to enabling our students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Ascend Training was created by Jori Curry in 1998 as a place where anyone creating something visual could learn from top industry professionals. All instructors at Ascend are out in the real world so they can teach you real skills to bring your ideas to life.

We have a fierce dedication to enabling our students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Training is an investment.

Classes on our published calendar feature free retakes for 8 months. You are more than welcome to join us for a refresher, and we feel that adds value to your experience when needed. Most students don’t feel the need to take the class again, but we realize that students can leave our class and not have the time to reinforce what they learned, weren’t able to get the software, or just want a review.

We offer hands-on classes that last from 2 – 4 days depending on the topic. We also host free Adobe Seminars both online and live in Chicago.

Our classes are offered as a hybrid of students live in Chicago, and other students online. This hybrid approach incorporates the best of both worlds. Online students can see the instructors screen, and ask questions just like students live in Chicago.

We feel the flavor of a real class is enormously beneficial to our online students. They get the same exciting energy that students live in Chicago experience. Students are also welcome to take the class live in Chicago, then retake it online or vice versa.

We offer an array of multi-day professional classes and events.

Free Events:

We host numerous user groups that host their events here at our Chicago facility. We also offer our own free events both online and in Chicago. These are generally 1-2 hours and cover topics such as Photoshop, Video Editing, UX Design, and more.

Multi-Day Class Fees:

Our hands-on intensive training cover anywhere from 2 to 5 days depending. They are held in Chicago or online, depending on your preference.

These professional level classes are for those that need to get up to speed and become a solid producer in such areas as InDesign, HTML, Illustrator and more. These courses feature free retakes for 8 months either in Chicago or online. Our 2 day classes start at $995. Each class price is listed on the individual outline.