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Graphic Design - An Introduction

A hands-on introduction to the world of Graphic Design

This course is ideal for anyone looking to learn and develop their skills in typography; poster, editorial and digital design or simply study the effective use of visual design within communication. Ideal for beginners and intermediate levels.

Through a combination of theory, workshops, group collaborations and practical application, you will be introduced to layout, composition, type and image across digital and paper-based formats.

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.

Over the course you will be given a fundamental working knowledge of some of the software 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 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. Subjects covered:

  • 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 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.

What you need to bring:

Note pad and pen, tablet device if preferred. USB Memory stick (8GB recommended)


Spring Term

  • Monday 23rd January – 27th March 2017
  • Saturday 28th Jan, 11th & 25th Feb, 11th & 25th March 2017

Class size

Maximum 14 students

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