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Digital Design for 13 to 16 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Join design studio work-form and explore the potential of digital design. Through a series of fun and engaging projects learn how image can be manipulated across print and online platforms.

Using Adobe design packages (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) you will make use of illustration, pattern, image editing, animation and typography to learn a number of key principles related to the fields of illustration and graphic design.

We will help you to develop your ideas using digital formats, whether it be designing a series of posters, creating an animation or designing a logo. We'll encourage you to develop your ideas through brainstorming and visual research then take them into a digital format, using technology as a means to realise the potential of your creative work.

Course outcomes

You'll leave with a body of work and a broader understanding of the possibilities offered by using digital design within the context of graphic design and illustration. You will have gained skills that can be used in building a future portfolio. The intention is to have an online presence for all work created during the week.

Who should attend

This course is aimed at anyone aged 13 - 16 years with an interest in art and design, keen to explore the possibilities of working with digital design. Whether you considering pursuing further education in art or are just looking for a fun holiday experience!

Level: Beginner

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Image Manipulation
  • Image editing
  • Adobe Photoshop and Animation
  • GIFs using still images using Adobe Photoshop
  • Setting up a Frame Animation and showing the difference between ‘Timeline’ and ‘FrameAnimation’.
  • Layers
  • Typography
  • Vectors
  • Adobe Indesign


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A4 Sketch book
  • pencils
  • a pencil sharpner
  • fine black felt tip markers
  • coloured pencils
  • USB stick to take away your work

Please be advised that this course will be taught using the Adobe Creative Cloud.

You will need an Adobe ID to participate on the course.

You can set this up before the course starts at and select ‘Get an Adobe ID'.

If you already have an Adobe ID, please check your login details still work.

You do not need to subscribe to the software. This is free to students when studying in college on any UAL networked computer.

Please remember to write your login details down safely and bring these along on the first day of your course.

Meet the Tutor:

Join design studio work-form and explore the potential of digital design. Through a series of fun and engaging projects learn how image can be manipulated across print and online platforms.

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