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Graphic Design: An Introduction

Graphic Design: An Introduction

London College of Communication
Taught by
Benedict Richards, A respected industry expert


Graphic design is a constantly evolving discipline and is a dynamic and rewarding subject to study. This beginners short course will give you an understanding of fundamental design elements and principles. It includes an introduction to the components of any design project: typography, colour, form, grids and structure. Practical exercises will enable you to produce your own work, resulting in a small 'portfolio' by the end of the course. The course will also cover basic features of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, which will be used for some of the exercises.

Topics covered

  • Fundamental principles of graphic design
  • Design vocabulary
  • Typography
  • How space and shape convey meaning
  • Layout and grids
  • Collage using Adobe Photoshop
  • Analysis of visual design
  • Use of colour

Course outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Deconstruct/analyse examples of visual design
  • Understand what makes a piece of design work
  • Create your own designs
  • Use basic functions of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

Who should attend
Those who want to improve their design judgement and make more effective use of graphic design work produced by themselves and others.

Beginner - no previous experience is necessary.

Follow up courses
After you have completed this course you may be interested in developing your skills with Adobe Illustrator: Beginners or Graphic Design: Essential Building Blocks.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke graphic design courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

Tutor Description

Benedict Richards has taught part time for twenty years at the LCC. Alongside the teaching he runs his own practice called ‘Graphicacy’ whose remit is to not only make a client's information extremely clear and coherent but to make it look good too. He has run his own business for the last ten years and freelanced for over ten years before that. The last two years have seen him employing students directly from the courses on which he teaches. His clients tend to be charities, small businesses and small publishers - he is unashamedly a foot soldier of graphic design.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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