Graphic design for beginners

Course Dates: 27/10/22 - 01/12/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
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Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00

Course Code: VK372

Available start dates 

Thu, day, 27 Oct - 01 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This is an exploration of Graphic Design through a series of typographic and layout exercises that can then be applied to a wide range of design projects. You will be encouraged to explore the basic design principles through a creative use of drawing, photography and collage. There will be an emphasis on an experimental approach in developing your ‘looking’ and ‘seeing’ skills. These ideas will be developed through challenging design briefs for poster design, magazine covers, branding, logo design and a range of graphic material.

What will we cover?

• Typography and use of type in graphic design
• Use of colour and form
• Logo design
• Creating composite images
• Grids and Layout design
• Lateral thinking.

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

• Explain the basic design principles in Graphic Design
• Create simple grids and layout design work
• Demonstrate an awareness of effective visual communication
• Critically evaluate design work in order to develop ideas further
• Present visual ideas in a sketchbook form.

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

The course is ideal for complete beginners or anyone interested in trying out different approaches to working on design work. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions.

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, individual tutorials as well as group discussion. Some extra work may be required between classes.

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

Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course.
We advise you to bring an A4 or A5 sketchbook and A4 or A3 plastic sleeves for your final design work. You may wish to bring a memory stick (USB) to save any scanned or digital files.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get 15% LGC discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

We offer a range of courses in graphic design and illustration including our City Lit graphic design projects and Advanced graphic design course. For more information about all courses available, please visit our website.

Gillian Fielden Tutor Website

Gillian Fielden has been lecturing in Graphic Design and Adobe Design applications at a number of colleges since 2003. In 2018 she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Visual Communication at UAL LCC and she has Masters Degree from Nottingham Trent University specialising in printed graphics & branding for fashion. Before becoming a lecturer Gillian had extensive commercial experience designing for a variety of fashion and new media companies, producing graphics and merchandising for garments and later moving into web design and production. Currently freelancing on various music design projects and having designed for companies that include, Joe Bloggs, Burton, Littlewoods, BHS, Macmillan Publishers, ITN, IPC and Lycos, she brings a wide range of industry knowledge and experience to her teaching. In 2010 she become involved with the ‘Pop Up Art School’ at ‘Vintage Festival’ running stencil, print and collage workshops at various events around the country.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.