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Graphic Design - Beginners

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Graphic Design Beginners

Wednesdays 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 15

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.

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Course Dates

24th January 2018 – 28th March 2018

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Course Description

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.

During 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.

"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, Summer 2017)

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course, wish it could go on longer." (SP, Summer 2017)

“I enjoyed everything. I have never worked with InDesign before and I was afraid I can’t handle it, but everything went smoothly. I will take part in the next course level for intermediate for sure. Thank you.” (AM, Autumn 2016)

“It’s very creative and fun. It gave me the insight that I needed.” (IG, Autumn 2016)

“Great course. I’m going to do the next.” (CS, Autumn 2016)

Tutor Profile: Antony Radcliffe is a practicing graphic designer and has been a member of the Chartered Society of Designers. 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.

He is currently a contributing lecturer on the Visual Communications programme at Nottingham Trent University.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813