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Digital Graphic Design – An Introduction

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.

Course overview

Dates 2021

Summer term
Thursday 17 June - Thursday 19 August 2021

Autumn term
Monday 4 October – 6 December 2021

Dates 2022

Spring term
Monday 24 January – 28 March 2022


Saturday 29 January, 12 & 26 February 12 & 26 March 2022

10 Thursday evenings 18.00-21.00
10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00
5 Saturdays 9.30 - 16.30

Emily Melling


Course details

Written primarily for beginners, this course will introduce you to software commonly used in graphic design and encourage you to practise these techniques across a range of different case studies. This is a fast-paced course and with plenty to do for even the more experienced designer. Intermediate level designers may benefit from picking up portfolio building projects and the tutor feedback.

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 creative design identity.

During the course, you’ll be given a fundamental working knowledge of the most popular software packages used by designers and develop a more critical outlook to visual communication. Through a combination of digital-based workshops and guided feedback you’ll be introduced to layout, composition, type and image.

The tasks in this course will see you designing business collateral and other activities that will 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 on completion of the course.

  • Scope and Nature of Graphic Design
  • Design Fundamentals – line, tone, colour, etc…
  • Colour Theory and Applications
  • Typography
  • Illustration – methods and techniques
  • Photo-retouching
  • Package Design
  • Magazine and Book Layout
  • Gradient Meshing
  • Logotype and Branding Design
  • Layout Design
  • Basic Animation
  • Design Systems and the Design Industry – design briefs, how to bid for jobs, etc…
  • Comparative Design – lessons from other designers (lots of research)
  • Design Project – a practical project applying everything prior to this

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Emily Melling

Emily is a Graphic Designer and AUB graduate with a BA in Visual Communication.

The course aims to:

  • Theory – The topic of interest, as well as best practice principles, are discussed with the students
  • Demonstration – A set of tasks are given in each session. Students are walked through the process of completing them
  • Practical – The students are expected, with support from the tutor, to build a version of the material they have been taught in each session. These are expected to come together by the end of the course to represent a strong portfolio of completed work

  • Ongoing design guidance will be provided throughout the course
  • Students should have produced and completed Graphic Design portfolio
  • Students will have a sound working knowledge of a Professional Graphic Designer
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners, or those students who wish to improve their understanding and skills.

All course materials are included in the course fee.

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

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