Graphic Design - Beginners
Graphic design is about thinking and making. This computer-free course offers students a chance to jump right into the creative process. It is an introductory programme designed for those who are eager to learn and get to grips with the subject. Learning is supported by an emphasis on creative thought and idea generation.
- The course is delivered through the setting of project briefs.
- We will explore areas such as typography, layout and image-making.
- Presentations and exercises are designed to aid participants to learn through doing the project.
- You will spend some time doing group critiques, which are a key part of the process of developing design ideas through providing and receiving feedback.
- Group critiques will also enable participants to learn and use design terminology while developing their critical dialogue with graphic design practices.
For courses delivered in the part-time mode (for example, over 10 weeks), homework between sessions will be encouraged. However, if students are unable to manage to do work between sessions, they still will be able to get feedback on whatever stage they have got to in the following week.
Please note that this is a computer-free course.
Entry requirements: None
Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Jamie Hearn is a practicing graphic designer and artist who is also the course leader for the Graphic Design Portfolio course at Central Saint Martins. In addition, he has experience teaching on a number of short courses. Previously, Jamie was Printmaking Artist in Residence at Central Saint Martins throughout 2011, where he is a BA Graphic Design graduate. He has commercial experience working for Pentagram, Johnson Banks and Landor Associates.
Oswin Tickler studied Graphic Design at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating First Class (with honours), going on to complete a Masters in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. Oswin worked as a Designer at the Labour Party on the successful 2005 election campaign, and led the design team on the rebranding in 2007. Having left Labour to go freelance, Oswin set up, and continues to run design studio Smallfury, working across a wide variety of design projects. He is also an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and University for the Creative Arts.
Alex McCullough works as a designer, art director and lecturer in London. Alex has contributed to and lead courses teaching visual communication at the University of East London’s design faculty A.D.I. 2014 —2017.
In recent years Alex’s practice has been rooted primarily in the music industry, where he maintains consistent roles as art director for some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary electronic music labels and promoters. See Alex's website at alexmccullough.co.uk
Please bring with you to the first session:
- A3 Sketchpad
- A5 lined notepad
- Pencil case containing the following items:
- Black Marker Pen.