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Graphic designers are visual communicators, their ideas inspire, inform and captivate consumers through imagery, typography and graphics. This graphic design training course will give you a solid foundation in the principles and software that help to make ideas and designs recognisable and prominent. You will work with a variety of media and software so you can enhance your design competency. You will be given the tools to communicate effectively with the fast-paced visually literate society we all live in today. 

if you want a quick, easy and affordable introduction to graphic design then this Graphic design training course is for you!

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Graphic Design course, you will have:

  • learned an overview of the history of design, colour theory, typography and layout to inform the design process
  • developed basic skills in the Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop programs in Adobe Creative Cloud
  • exercised communication and critical analysis of design
  • gained an understanding of the overall design process and how it can be used for creative purposes

Who is this course for?

Are you looking to upskill? Get into the Graphic Design industry? Or perhaps add to your skill set in your current business?

  • Those looking to improve their employment skills or employment opportunities to work as graphic designers or add basic design skills to their existing employment
  • Those looking for added skills in their work roles such as training or marketing
  • Business owners wanting to be more creative with their advertising
  • Artists looking to expand their work into digital mediums
  • Anyone interested in Adobe products, those who may be familiar with other Adobe programs
  • A basic computer literacy is assumed as part of this course.
  • This Graphic Design course is designed for students who welcome tutor and group feedback. It is highly recommended that students attend all sessions and work on their homework to successfully complete all projects.

What will be covered in this course?

The topics covered will include the history of graphic design, colour theory, typography and composition as well as touching on the basics of the three main industry-standard design software programs: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop in Adobe Creative Cloud. The theory elements in class will be comprehensive and initiate a process of personal enquiry and research to discover what participants find appealing to them individually.

Lesson 1: History of graphic design and branding

  • Overview of topics
  • Principles and Elements of design
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Show work of successful Graphic Designers from the late 20th and 21st Century
  • Discuss the importance of Graphic Design in brand recognition
  • Show examples of successful branding exercises
  • Homework activity: to select two pieces of graphic design with a focus on brand for discussion in lesson two

Lesson 2: Colour

  • Discuss homework activity from lesson one
  • Tie back into principals and elements of design
  • Discuss colour in the context of branding
  • Discuss how colour is used in software (overview of RGB, CMYK and web colour)
  • Demonstrate where colours are chosen in software packages
  • Homework task: finding two pieces of Graphic Design with a focus on typography for discussion in lesson three

Lesson 3: Typography

  • Discuss homework activity from lesson two
  • Introduce typography
  • Cover history of typography
  • Introduce students to prominent typographers and fonts
  • Introduce software and where the typography is set in each program
  • Homework task: begin to think of a product or service for which they would like to create an advertisement

Lesson 4: Adobe Photoshop

  • Overview of what the different software packages are for?
  • Discuss areas of the industry that utilise different software packages
  • Introduce Adobe Photoshop
  • Search for images for advertisement
  • Photoshop tutorial: Introduce colour alteration and enhancement, cloning, transform functions, selecting and masking, layers and painting tools

Lesson 5: Adobe Illustrator

  • Introduce Adobe Illustrator
  • Discuss its predominant uses
  • Illustrator tutorial: Introduce tools, colours, pathfinder, and stroke
  • Illustrator activity: Draw a logo

Lesson 6: Adobe InDesign

  • Introduce Adobe InDesign
  • Discuss its uses
  • InDesign tutorial: Introduce tools, colour, typesetting, page layout, and layers
  • InDesign activity: Begin to layout advertisement

Lesson 7: Project workshop

  • Work on advertisement for rest of class assisting students
  • Roup critique
  • Review topics covered

What to bring to class

  • An 8GB USB
  • Pen & paper, or a tablet for writing notes
  • Feel free to bring any drawing material that you have at home but not essential. Black felt tip Artline pen will suffice for most sketching exercises

Additional information

This Graphic design training course runs in our computer lab, fitted with 27-inch Apple iMac systems as well as Dell computers running the Windows operating system, both types of computers have the latest Adobe apps installed. Adobe products function the same on both Windows and Macintosh computers except for minor differences with keyboard usage and where files are located within the computer.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Well rounded classes, really good intro to Graphic Design. The room was a little hot at times, but overall everything went well .

  • said: Overall the course was good. I would have loved some more days but the teacher she was fabulous and taught us very well!

  • said: I really enjoyed the combination of practical and theory. I liked how the tutor would give real-world examples. it was so great to get into the mindset of a graphic design professional and to understand how to apply the learnings practically.

  • said: A wonderful introduction to Graphic Design. I had dabbled with various personal projects before but learning basic design fundamentals and colour theory will help me in my creative endeavors in the future! The Tutor was extremely helpful and informative, with extra information shared outside of class hours. Thank you for the wonderful course.

  • said: Our tutor Mel was absolutely terrific, super knowledgable and an excellent communicator, and endlessly enthusiastic about sharing what she'd learned in her many years of experience in the graphic design world. The course is hands-on and practical, and the tutor gave us lots of things to read outside of class if we were keen to do so.