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Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts

Graphic Design 1: Core Concepts

Duration: 12 months at 8hrs/week

Price: £1315

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

0800 731 2116

This course is taught online

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About the Course

The course provides a practical and contextual introduction to the visual language, practices and processes of graphic design. You will develop an understanding of the basic visual language of graphic design, including typography, composition and layout through predominantly paper-based graphic design practices, such as poster design, page layout and logo design using both hand-rendered and computer techniques. You will explore creative problem solving, research as well as the processes for generating ideas. Central to the course is the development of an appreciation of the historical and contemporary contexts of design. You will do a range of practical assignments that pose real graphic design problems that require both visual flare and effective communication.

Software requirements
Students enrolling will need to make use of design software while doing this course. Ideally students will have access to Desk Top Publishing software, Illustrator and Photoshop. OCA advises students to buy the software once enrolled on the course in order to make substantial savings that will offset the cost of the course.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

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