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Complete Graphic Design (SEG Level 2 Award)

This 30-week accredited course will turbo-charge your graphic design capabilities and give you the skills needed to succeed in the graphic design industry.

Whether you're looking to revamp your career, further your professional or personal skills, or get back into creative study, this course is your platform to do it.

Please note, new dates for this course will be confirmed in April. If you'd like to be the first to know when this course is available to book, simply click the 'Register Your Interest' button and provide your details.

What you need to know


Please note, this fee can be paid in instalments – contact us by phoning 01202 363222 to arrange this.

  • All resources and materials included in the course fee
  • Come away with a comprehensive knowledge of graphic design practices and the creative process
  • Become a proficient user of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your tutor at every turn through feedback and group discussions
  • Study alongside 16 like-minded students
  • Learn the essential skills to further your career, change your career, or prepare for further academic studies – this is a level 2 course accredited by SEG (Skills Education Group)
  • Leave with increased confidence and a robust portfolio of work that you've developed

About this course

Across 30 weeks and through a series of workshops, project-based sessions and demonstrations you'll understand how to plan and produce a range of graphic design projects, from learning about typography application in the design of posters, flyers and business cards to creating original artwork for packaging.

You'll explore the creative possibilities of graphics including in print, publishing and digital practices. This can lead to furthering your career or be a steppingstone for further creative academic study.

You'll be expertly guided by your tutor through exercises and set projects including working with graphic design briefs, how to research, visualisation skills, planning and applying digital media, advertising and packaging in graphic design. Other topics covered in group sessions will include the psychology of type, brand identity, composition, information graphics and campaign planning – this will also be applied to your individual projects.

As well as creating compositions using words, images and colours you’ll also explore professional layout design and explore corporate identity design. You’ll be expected to enhance your skills in contextual thinking within design and ideas generation. Course sessions will also include using software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign along with other contemporary tools.

You'll plan, produce and present final outcomes which may include photography, reprographic techniques, digital software and font design. Techniques and equipment will be closely aligned to industry working practices in order to fully prepare you for developing as a graphic designer.

  • Techniques of developing a creative process
  • Variety of research strategies
  • Drawing, illustration and approach of mixed media
  • Typography and font design
  • Creating original artwork for publicity materials (posters, flyers, cards)
  • Advertising techniques, corporate and packaging design
  • How to turn ideas into creative and sophisticated concepts
  • Advanced work with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign techniques
  • 3D/2D visual communication
  • Individual project-based assignments
  • Professional presentation skills

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

There are no formal academic entry requirements for this course, however ideally you would have completed our introductory 10-week Graphic Design short course or have equivalent understanding of the subject.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials are included in the course fee.

Emily is a graphic designer and AUB graduate with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication.

She's worked across multiple roles in the industry including art worker, freelance designer and digital marketing manager.

Currently, her freelance work focuses on branding and identity, she has worked with start-ups to help them find and define a visual style and create a tone of voice for their brand.

She works as a digital marketing media manager who generates content for and manages social media platforms. As well as curating blog posts and producing marketing materials for events and clients.

She was lucky enough to attend Adobe Max in 2018 as a teaching assistant, has helped to run creative workshops at the V&A and is passionate about developing creative connections and learning/sharing design skills.

At the end of this course, providing you meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria set by Skills Education Group (SEG), you'll be awarded a Level 2 certificate.

With this qualification you could:

  • Further your current career/CPD
  • Take your career in a different direction, if you wish to retrain
  • Develop your brand or business
  • Consider further creative studies, either at FE or HE level

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Emily Melling, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course.
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity

Class of 2022 work

Check out some of the portfolios and final pieces that our 2022 level 2 graduates completed during their course. On this course you'll undertake research and work through various creative projects and briefs, providing you with a robust portfolio of work. Projects you may undertake include branding and logo design, packaging design, and printed collateral such as posters, leaflets and billboards.

13 years after graduating with a degree in fine art and falling into a career in businesses as so many creative do, I returned to campus (around my full-time job) to retrain as a graphic designer. Today I received my level 2 completion certificate. It's scary deciding to start again from the bottom and develop new skills, but this feels like the first of many milestones towards living the dream.

Christine O'Driscoll, Complete Graphic Design (SEG Level 2 Award) student

Work from previous students

Take a look at some of the final design pieces created by graduates from this course, ranging from packaging designs to billboard posters.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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