Graphic Design

Take the first steps to building your creative career in design on this 10-week online training course delivered by our partners Red & Yellow.
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Learn about the elements and principles of design, colour theory, typography and layout.
On this practical course you’ll use Adobe Illustrator to design a logo and corporate identity, create poster and ad layouts, as well as use your digital design skills to create social media images. You’ll also gain a contextual understanding of graphic design.

Designed with busy professionals in mind, this course provides the freedom to learn independently, but with full support. The weekly assignments build on each other and by the end of the course you'll have the building blocks towards a great creative portfolio.
Course overview
Who should attend:
This course is ideal if you want to be a graphic designer but cannot commit to a full time programme due to affordability or time pressures, or if you’re a traditional print-based graphic designer who wants to up their digital game. Bloggers and social media content produced who want to learn to create astounding graphics that stand out from stock imagery would also benefit from this course.
Walk away with the ability to:
  • Master the basics of graphic design principles and applications
  • Understand colour theory, typography and how to pick the perfect font.
  • Use Adobe Illustrator by designing a logo, corporate identity, poster design and other layouts
  • Be able to apply what you’ve learnt to digital design for social media
  • Gain the contextual understanding of the history of graphic design, stylistic movements and the famous designers that made an impact
Course Agenda
Module 1: Graphic Design history
  • The history, the global influences and development of graphic design, and how it applies today
  • Graphic design styles
Module 2: Design Process & Ideation
  • The steps in the design process
  • Ideation techniques and the tools to generate the best creative ideas
  • The design process steps in a process file
Module 3: Colour theory
  • Colour terms, schemes and how to mix them
  • Use colour to create a sense of space (background and foreground)
  • Colour for print vs the web
Module 4: The principles and elements of design
  • Principles of design
  • Create visual hierarchy
Module 5: Type and layout
  • Conceptualise an identity for a new brand
  • How to create icons and an effective logo
  • Design stationery for a brand in line with the identity
  • Present and communicate design concepts
Module 6: Logo design and corporate identity
  • Typographic fonts styles
  • Combine type and visual in a layout
  • Type terminology
  • Scamp up rough layouts with type variations by hand and digitally
  • Develop the rationale for design solutions
Module 7: Design for Social Media
  • Best practices when designing for social
  • Personal branding on social media
  • Create templates for images applicable to all social media channels
How the course works
The course is completely entirely online on the Red & Yellow learning platform. The course involves:
  • 7 modules (1 per week)
  • 7 assignments (1 per week, mix of quizzes and written questions)
  • 1 research project (completed over the duration of the course)
  • 8-10 hours of study per week (including reading the course notes, further research and assignments)
  • The first week is dedicated to familiarising yourself with the online learning platform (virtual classroom), meeting the team that’ll support you and tackling the history of graphic design and stylistic movements, as well as the major influential designers. Then in weeks 2 - 10 you’ll delve into all the practical elements and start designing!
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Graphic Design
Mon, Nov 04 2019
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