Graphic design projects 1

Course Dates: 03/11/21 - 08/12/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Develop key design skills and learn new techniques necessary for the exciting world of graphic design in the first of this 3 Part course. Part 1 is the chance to unlock your creativity and explore a range of experimental approaches in contemporary design. It is possible to join the course at any of the 3 stages or complete all 3 Parts over the year. Part 1 is ideal for beginners.
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Full fee £459.00 Senior fee £367.00 Concession £280.00

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Course Code: VK414A

Started Wed, day, 03 Nov - 08 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In Part 1, workshops are designed to encourage new ways of working and how to think creatively: using both hands-on and digital techniques exploring a diverse range of industry related practices. You will use multiple techniques covering; the use of text and image in layout design, how to generate imagery and develop skills in visual problem solving. You will learn how the five graphic design principles: contrast, balance, hierarchy, repetition and alignment will shape and inform your design work.

In our fully equipped studio you will gain introductions on using the latest professional Adobe software; in Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. There will be an emphasis on creative thinking and developing visual language to help communicate your ideas more effectively. The course is taught by a team of specialist practitioners to help guide you through every aspect of graphic design.

What will we cover?

- Graphic design principles
- Layout design
- Ideas generation
- An introduction to the basics using Adobe; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
- Creative thinking + visual problem solving.

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

- Identify the five principles used in graphic design
- Demonstrate an understanding of the use of type and image
- Generate ideas using a range of methods / materials
- Demonstrate a basic use of Adobe; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
- Present visual solutions to design briefs.

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

Part 1 is perfect for beginners or for those wishing to pursue a passion for graphic design and build their confidence in this area. You should have a basic knowledge in using computers including the ability to create, save and retrieve files. We use Apple Mac computers in our digital studio that you will be inducted and guided through as part of your course.

Students should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You will be invited to take part in group discussions and you should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

The course is taught by a team of experienced practicing designers through engaging workshops, creative exercises, design briefs, tutor demonstrations, illustrated talks and individual / group tutorials. The City Lit Graphic Design course requires a high level of commitment, therefore working independently outside the studio is strongly encouraged.

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

Students will need an A4 or A5 size sketchbook for recording information and ideas. We also advise students to have an A3 size plastic folder/portfolio with clear pockets to assemble a portfolio of work. Plus a memory stick or a mac formatted external hard-drive to store and save digital working files.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card 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?

CityLit Graphic Design Part 1 is intended as preparation for progression onto CityLit Graphic Design Part 2 – VK414 B. Guidance on progression beyond Part 1 will be provided on the course.

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