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Zine Design for 15 - 17 Year Olds


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Zine Design for 15 - 17 Year Olds at Nottingham Trent University

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

This unique one-week course focuses on the creative side of zine design and production.

You’ll be given the opportunity to explore your ideas, photography, storytelling, marketing and art direction.

You’ll generate your own zine about a subject that matters to you, complete with individual photography, writing and design.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

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Course Description

Zines are a great way to publish your own art, poems, writing, thoughts, and anything else you would like to communicate.

On this practical course, you will combine lectures and workshops with photography and software sessions to produce a zine.

On this course you will:

  • generate ideas around what is at the heart of a zine and what it aims to do
  • research your competitors and target audience, and look at how you can make your zine stand out from what already exists
  • consider narrative, tone of voice, layout and structure
  • discuss the design, style and printing techniques that can make a zine unique
  • make a small zine a day to experiment and get ideas flowing
  • generate photographic and written content around your ideas
  • learn how to design a zine using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.

What will I gain?

In addition to an excellent knowledge of the design and print industry, you’ll leave the course with your own printed zine and the InDesign files to go on and create more issues.

The zine, images and articles will also become valuable pieces to add to a portfolio.

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 ideas 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.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for art direction and storytelling, and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.

No previous design or software experience is required for this course.

Good ideas and a willingness to collaborate are more important.

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 and one of the largest collections of independently published zines around!

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.

Need accommodation?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

If you're aged 16 or 17 then you can stay unaccompanied with agreement from a parent/guardian.

If you're aged 15 then you can stay as long as you are accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?

This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.

DofE participants must book both the course and accommodation on campus for this to count towards your Gold Award.

Looking to turn your one-week course into a two-week experience?

If you can match this with any second course, you’ll receive a 10% refund on your course fees.

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Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

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