Graphic design for beginners

Course Dates: 05/11/19 - 10/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Pam Williams

With an emphasis on an experimental approach to generating images and visualising ideas, this graphic design course will unlock your creativity using both hands on techniques and digital development with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.


What is the course about?

This course provides an opportunity to explore the creative use of type and the image focusing on the basic design principles.You will start by generating a series of visuals using hands-on cut n' paste lay out techniques, then develop these digitally using Adobe software (Illustrator and InDesign). You will be encouraged to discuss your work and ideas as a group.

What will we cover?

- Typography
- Layout and Composition
- Use of colour
- Creative juxtaposition of image and text.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate an awareness of the basic design principles in Graphic Design
- Demonstrate an awareness of composition and balance in Layout design
- Critically evaluate personal design work in order to develop ideas further
- Use basic tools in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for complete beginners though it is also of benefit to those who have previous experience but wish to explore different ways of working. No need to have a design background, just unlock your creativity and explore the world of visual communication.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through a series of practical exercises, presentations, one to one tutorials and group discussion.
You are also encouraged to complete research assignments outside of the class.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You are encouraged to bring an A4 or A5 sized sketchbook, a set of fine liner black pens and an A4 size folder for design work. It would be useful to bring a memory stick or portable hard drive to save digital files (please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further in VK521 Graphic design: stage 2. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Very good introduction to both the creative and computing aspects of graphic design. Creative stress-free learning environment for a brand new subject to me.
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Course Code: VK548

Tue, day, 05 Nov - 10 Dec '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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