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Graphic Design: An Introduction

Graphic Design: An Introduction (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Dominic Dyson


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. While the course will cover basic features of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, which will be used for some of the exercises, Students should have a prior basic understanding of these programs to get the most out of the course.

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 but a basic understanding of Adobe programs is ideal.

Online Delivery - if this course is taught online, it will be delivered in 2 parts

  • 10am – 12.30pm 
  • 2.30pm – 5pm 

Follow up courses
After you have completed this course you may be interested in developing your skills with 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.


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Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

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Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Dominic Dyson originally studied Painting at Chelsea School of Art, and Film and Video at St. Martins School of Art. After several years working in the music industry he returned to study Digital Design at The London College of Printing and an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design.

He is an Associate Lecturer for the Faculty of Design at the London College of Communication (formerly LCP) where he has taught since 1999.

Clients include the Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, the London Borough of Hackney, University of the Arts London, University of Derby, Royal Institute, London Musician's Collective, Antoni + Alison, EllaDoran Design & Anthony Burrill.

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