What is the course about?
Fifty practical and engaging projects will be introduced to you building on some of the basic and key principles within Graphic Design. These fast and varied projects are designed to encourage you to respond quickly in a spontaneous and open-minded manner. The projects introduced are carefully devised to encourage the development of your imagination and build upon ideas and problem solving using visual language tools.
The emphasis of the course will be on creativity rather than step-by-step technical skills. Many of the projects initiated will create opportunities for future exploration and development.
What will we cover?
- 3D designs, folding
- Advertising and branding
- Popular culture and it’s relation to design
- Freehand drawing in graphic design
- Posters and the art of grabbing attention.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify how letterforms and layout communicate effectively
- Design 3D forms using folding techniques
- Explain what constitutes effective branding and advertisment is
- Use popular culture as inspiration for design
- Demonstrate ideas visually using freehand drawing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course and is ideal for overcoming and getting started with developing creative responses. For those more experienced it will provide you with a base portfolio and series of projects to develop.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in its illustration and graphics and animation studios.
You will be encouraged to carry out research work between the classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. All course materials will be provided. You may however wish to bring a sketchbook if you want to record all your ideas in one place.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Each project could be taken further or subjects introduced explored more in-depth. You can further develop your skills and interest in Graphic design through a range of courses and workshops at the City Lit. For more information please visit http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses.