Course Overview


Spring term:

Monday 20 January – 23 March 2020


Saturdays 1, 15 and 29 February, 14 and 28 March 2020


10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00


5 Saturdays’ 9.30-16.30


Krishna Malla



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.

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 once. Intermediate level designers may benefit from picking up portfolio building projects and the tutor feedback.

Through a combination of digital based workshops, practical application and guided feedback, you will be introduced to layout, composition, type and image.

Graphic Design is all about finding your method to entertain, communicate, educate and inform. There’s no ‘right answer’ and you will be supported by your tutor to explore different styles to reach the goal of the brief. As well as developing creative design strategies, we encourage you to bring your own experiences and interests to your work.

During the digitally focussed course, you will be given a fundamental working knowledge of the most popular software packages used by designers and develop a more critical outlook to visual communication.

Do you want to know the difference between a TIFF and a GIF? If you want to know more about graphic design, whether you are looking for a new career or if you work in a complementary profession, this is the course for you.

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 shall cover ten different aspects of Graphic Design work, using case studies which, if developed, will stand as a completed portfolio on completion of the course.



  • Scope and Nature of Graphic Design
  • Design Fundamentals – line, tone, colour, etc.
  • Colour Theory and Applications
  • Typography
  • Illustration – methods & techniques
  • Photo-retouching
  • Package Design
  • Magazine & Book Layout
  • Gradient Meshing
  • Logotype & 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.