Graphic Design - Creative Process
This introductory course will help you build a strong portfolio of relevant work and develop your creative process. Taught by a practicing 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 introductory course will help you build a strong portfolio of relevant work and develop your creative process. Taught by a practicing 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. During this fast-paced and exciting course, you will be presented with a variety of carefully considered design projects that introduce different topics and approaches. Through group discussion and one-to-one tuition your tutor 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, where possible, students should allow time to work on their projects between classes.
Use of Colour and Type
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 working towards an end of course exhibition and taking away the beginnings of a strong graphic design portfolio. You will have the chance to design an A2 poster, to professional print standard.
Who Should Attend
If you’re inquisitive about graphic design this course is for you. It is suitable for complete beginners or those curious 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?
View PDF to explore progression: Graphic Design: Your Journey [954kb]
“Every project we did, got me more excited and interested in the subject. Thank you for taking the time to teach us all the processes!” - Marina (July 2017)
Please Note – At the end of each course students will be given the opportunity to print their artwork. We will advise students when the work is ready for collection from the college, which should be no more than 1 - 2 weeks following the completion of the course. Work will then be kept for no longer than one month. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.
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:
Basic drawing equipment: a selection of pencils and coloured mark making materials
Other equipment useful but not essential throughout the course:
Magazines of choice; for collage work
Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.