This course will help you build a strong portfolio of relevant work and develop your creative process. Taught by a practising design professional, who will share their knowledge of the world of art, design and visual communication and provide you with clear guidance, as your ideas develop...
Taught by: Andrew Holmes.
This course will help you build a strong portfolio of relevant work and develop your creative process. Taught by a practising design professional, who will share their knowledge of the world of art, design and visual communication and provide you with clear guidance, as your ideas develop. The timetable will be fast-paced, fun and exciting, presenting you with a variety of graphic design scenarios. We will encourage you to push yourself to think and work creatively and communicate your design ideas visually. This course is focused on conceptual development and ideas; offering a taste of full time degree study, where lateral thinking and the creation of a portfolio of design work are the goal. You’ll use simple drawing and rough work as a means to generate and express ideas quickly. You’ll also be encouraged to experiment with photography, collage and illustration in the process. Computer use is optional on this course and no tuition in software is given. However, you will be advised about design software, and which programs would be appropriate to finalise ideas. To receive the maximum benefit from the course, students should allow time to work on their projects between classes.
- Concept Development
- Use of Colour and Type
- Logo Design
- Image Editing
You will leave with a greater understanding of the processes and techniques involved in completing a range of graphic design projects. You'll understand how to generate ideas and communicate them visually. You'll have worked to briefs and deadlines independently and collaboratively. This will see you enlarging a selection of your artwork to A2 in colour, and black and white, for an end-of-course exhibition and taking away the beginnings of a strong graphic design portfolio.
Who Should Attend
If you’re inquisitive about graphic design this course is for you. It is suitable for complete beginners or those curios to learn more about the graphic arts. Perhaps you’re a professional working in an unrelated area and wish to learn more about the design side of your business? Perhaps you’re considering a career change? Or maybe you are applying to further studies including Access, Foundation or BA?
'Our tutor, Andy, was always very helpful and understanding, giving us tips and direction when needed and the freedom to develop projects according to our own style and ideas.' - Silvia Zecca
Andrew Holmes has been an Art Director & Project Manager in design, music and fashion for over 15 years; specialising in taking projects through full lifecycles of production, from concept to completion.
Andrew has a track record of working internationally, and has planned record releases, books and events, including European product launches and exhibitions.
Clients past and present include Somerset House, DC Shoes, Booth Clibborn Editions, Silas and Maria Ltd. Mo Wax, Polygram and XL Recordings.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
- Sketch/note book
- Basic drawing equipment: a selection of pencils and coloured mark making materials
- Pritt Stick
Other equipment useful but not essential throughout the course:
- Masking tape
- Magazines of choice; for collage work