Graphic Design - Beginners (one week) - 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. 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. In addition to these sessions on campus, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have. 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. Tutor profile: Craig Proud runs a creative workshop, design and print studio, Dizzy Ink. Being a lover of education and grassroots activism Craig has focused his personal research into Notts Zine Library, a free open and accessible resource currently based in Nottingham Contemporary. Notts Zine Library, along with Institute of Mental Health Uo, conducts research around mental health and zine culture as a form of therapy and benefits of connection. With an extensive portfolio, Craig has been involved in many projects with a cause and continues to do so. His artwork has been exhibited at Nottingham Castle, alongside V&A's collection of activist media for the exhibition: A World to Win, 2015. As well as putting on workshops for D&AD New Blood and various festivals; another highlight was being commissioned to produce a special exhibition around the UK's referendum. Through his print studio Dizzy Ink, he led QUADs major exhibition, titled, Three Months On, 2016.

What's included in the price?

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


1 week

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
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ