Graphic Design - Beginners (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University



Aimed at the beginner with limited or no knowledge of graphic design, this introductory course combines theoretical and practical content within a professional, commercial perspective. The development of ideas, the creative process and an understanding of visual language, layout and typography will all be included in this course to help you develop your knowledge of the different disciplines and skills associated with graphic design. On this PC based course, you will create innovative compositions using words, pictures and colour through workshops and projects that combine theoretical discussions with practical applications. On this course, you will: - learn about graphic design today and who's shaping the design world - and apply this knowledge to your work - work with typography in a creative and experimental way - create layouts that communicate a clear message - select and edit images and combine these with layouts and typography - use Adobe Creative Suite at an introductory level - work to a commercial project brief and understand the processes involved, from initial research to final presentation - critique your work and that of others so as to improve your knowledge of why some graphic design is successful and others less so - bring together the different disciplines within graphic design so as to create innovative and cohesive results. What will you gain? The course is ideal if you are building your portfolio and can act as an introduction to the subject for those considering future studies or a new career. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No design or software experience is required, although you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus. You’ll find collaborative working spaces where you develop your sketches and concepts, and IT suites equipped with industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: 'I just wanted to say a huge thank you for leading such a wonderful course. Your course and coaching style has given me the first steps I needed to work towards a career within the design world. A massive thank you for the great motivation and one to one time you dedicated to me.' BW ‘I have some new technical skills and can find my way around the software now. I enjoyed being able to spend time in the sessions to practice my new skills' ‘A very good insight into graphic design and how it's done in the modern world. I finally got to grips with fairly complex programmes.' RA ‘I have gained enough basic skills to start designing as a hobby and learnt simple principles so I can continue practising using Adobe Creative Suite. I've enjoyed most getting experience in Illustrator, specifically as we did a project where we had options on what to design for and make it personal.' TH ‘I found the course very enjoyable, with a build-up in the level of difficulty. One to one feedback provided me with some 'ah-ha' moments, and demonstrations in software I have never used were great. I wanted to do the course to broaden my job prospects and learn from an experienced designer. I've taken away a portfolio and knowledge I can build on, and a better understanding of the theory.' ‘I learnt to use Adobe properly, and have learnt how to have an eye for colour. I enjoyed the one to one conversations and paying close attention to other people's work on the course too. The second project was absolutely exciting.' RA 'Great course - will definitely do the intermediate level.' JD Tutor Profile: Antony Radcliffe is a practising graphic designer who also teaches in the degree programme at NTU. He has extensive experience in the design industry having worked with renowned international consultancies such as Ogilvy and Mather and BMP. His creative work has been commissioned by a range of blue-chip clients including IBM, Land Securities PLC, ICI and Amec. With specialisms in branding and identity, information graphics, b2b and b2c print marketing, he has also worked in retail and FMCG.

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 15


10 weeks

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Evenings
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Weekends
  • Public transport
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