Graphic Design Course
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Graphic Design Course Syllabus Contents

What the Graphic Design Course Covers

1. The Principles of Graphic Design

  • Alignment, Balance, Consistency, Repetition, Contrast, Golden Rectangle, Proximity, White space
  • Famous designers: William Golden
  • Design case study 1
  • Special topic: Designing logos
  • Tutor marked assignment

2. Theory of Design

  • White Space, Shape, Spacing, and Rhythm
  • Design case study 2
  • Famous designers: Eric Gill
  • Special topic: Designing business cards and letterheads
  • Interactive computer marked assignment

3. Colour and Materials

  • Colour theory
  • Texture
  • Grid Theory
  • Design case study 3
  • Famous designers: Raymond Loewy
  • Special topic: Designing for books
  • Tutor marked assignment

4. How to draw and sketch

  • Anyone can sketch. In this module we build your confidence and show you the tricks of the trade.
  • Design case study 4
  • Famous designers: William Bernbach
  • Special topic: Designing web pages
  • Interactive computer marked assignment

5. How to use typography

  • History of typography.
  • Current trends. Typography for digital uses
  • Software - Graphic tablets
  • Design case study 5
  • Famous designers: Milton Glaser
  • Special topic: Graphic design tools

6. Problem solving, and the design Process

  • How to research - The client’s brief or need - Identifying the problem, analysing the issue, finding a solution – refining your sketch, work up visual solutions in programs
  • Presenting work to clients
  • Design case study 6
  • Famous designers: Paul Rand
  • Special topic: Trends in web design
  • Interactive computer marked assignment

7. History of graphic design

  • The great changes that led to great leaps forward.
  • Design case study 7
  • Famous designers: Saul Bass
  • Special topic: Flyers and leaflets
  • Tutor marked assignment

8. How to create a portfolio

  • How to create a portfolio website - Why you should have a blog - How to create a blog - What to write about
  • Design case study 8
  • Famous designers: Jan Tschichold
  • Special topic: Designing brochures
  • Interactive computer marked assignment

9. Your career as a graphic designer

  • What are your choices: Self employment, design agency, or client.
  • Design case study 9
  • Special topic: Designing booklets and Reports
  • Famous designers: Neville Brody
  • Final interactive computer marked assignment