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Digital Graphic Design – an Introduction

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


This 10-week course is ideal for anyone looking to learn and develop their skills in digital design or simply study the effective use of visual design within communication.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates. 

What you need to know

Autumn 2024

Monday 7 October – 9 December 2024 (10 Monday evenings, 18.00-21.00) 

Spring term 2025

Monday 3 February – 7 April 2025 (10 Monday evenings, 18.00-21.00) 


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs 

You'll need to provide some basic equipment for this course. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase one for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details. 

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • USB flash drive
  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
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About this course

This hands-on 10-week course is an all-round introduction to the three most used programs involved in graphic design: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. This course is ideal for anyone looking to learn and develop their skills in digital design or simply study the effective use of visual design within communication. This is a fast-paced course with plenty to do for even the more experienced designer.

Through hands-on experience you’ll learn and master the key skills and techniques needed to create digital designs. You'll also be introduced to layout, composition, type, and image.

As well as developing creative design strategies, you’ll be encouraged to bring your own experiences and interests to your work to find your own unique creative design identity.

The projects that you’ll undertake on this course will see you designing business collateral amongst other pieces that’ll help you apply your newly learned skills and knowledge in real life. You’ll cover ten different aspects of graphic design work using case studies which can be developed further into a portfolio of work upon completion of the course.

  • The scope and nature of graphic design in today’s ever-evolving industry
  • Specialist graphic design techniques – colour theory, photo re-touching, gradient meshing and basic animation
  • Putting theory into practice with typography, illustration, package design, magazine and book layout
  • Exploring design briefs and how to bid for jobs
  • Learning from other designers through research and comparative design

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of graphic design principles and techniques to create your own pieces with confidence
  • Possess the skills to design using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Be knowledgeable in a range of different graphic design elements and be prepared to take on a variety of different projects
  • Understand how the graphic design industry works, including the interpreting of design briefs and how to bid for them
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there's no formal assessment. As the course progresses, your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

Eleni Dimitriou

Eleni Dimitriou is a Graphic Designer based in Bournemouth. She has studied Graphic Arts at UWCN and she has a MA in Interactive Media.

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We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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