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Graphic Design (Online Short Course)

Graphic Design (Online Short Course)

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Andrew Holmes


Graphic Design provides you with the perfect working environment and opportunity to develop your creative practice, independently, under the guidance of a professional designer.

Responding to a variety of projects, you will learn how to produce original, successful design concepts and create work that stands out from the crowd.

Through group and one-to-one discussions, you will receive personal feedback on your projects, which will enable you to self-evaluate and strengthen your expertise. You will refine your design practice further, building confidence in your self-directed approach, whilst responding to a range of design projects with a client focus.

You'll be encouraged to push your concepts further and take risks to develop a personal voice and style.

Computer use is optional on this course. No tuition in software is given; however, you will be advised about graphic design software, and which programs would be appropriate to finalise ideas.

The pace and workload will require commitment. To receive the maximum benefit from the course, where possible, students should allow time to work on their projects between classes.

Students may wish to repeat this course, where new project briefs will be provided, or progress onto Graphic Design Short Course: Experience Industry.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Topics covered

  • Typography
  • Branding
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Concept Development
  • Use of Colour and Type
  • Logo Design
  • Layout
  • Image Editing
  • Presentation

Course outcomes
You will be more confident about responding to client design briefs and will have improved your decision-making process. You will feel more confident in generating ideas and producing a strong design concept. You will leave with artwork for a full colour poster and a body of design work that can be used towards a portfolio.

Who should attend
This course is suitable for those with a curiosity to learn more about graphic design and graphic arts, whether you are looking for a career change or considering applying to further study in Graphic Design or Advertising. Students should be comfortable working independently and using their initiative to develop their practice. Students may wish to repeat this course with the opportunity to work on a personal concept or receive new project briefs to challenge further development.


What’s next?
After completing this short course, students may wish to repeat this course with the opportunity to work on a personal concept or receive new project briefs to challenge further development. Alternatively, you can progress onto the Graphic Design Short Course: Experience Industry.

Student reviews

'I would definitely recommend the Graphic Design Short Courses to a friend, especially to someone who wants to explore a specific field, strengthen their portfolio, or change direction in their career, just like me.' - Silvia Zecca

Tutor Description

An Art Director and Project Manager working in design, music, fashion and publishing; Andrew has over 20 years of creative experience. Alongside his freelance commissions Andrew is a visiting tutor for Graphic Design Communication short courses at UAL Chelsea College of Arts.

Specialising in taking creative projects through full life cycles of production - from concept to completion; Andrew’s freelance clients include: New Balance Numeric, Somerset House, DC Shoes, Booth Clibborn Editions, Silas & Maria, MoWax, Polygram & XL Recordings.


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Onsite and offsite course specific materials

  • Sketchbook or notebook
  • A few sheets of white A3 & A4 paper
  • A selection of coloured papers you like (A4 or smaller is OK)
  • A cheap A4 pad of tracing paper
  • Basic drawing equipment: a selection of pencils and coloured mark making materials & eraser
  • Scalpel/scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pritt Stick
  • Camera phone or camera
  • Magazines or newspapers that can be cut up for collage work
    (old or new ie: free publications / not precious material)

We will continue to use this selection of materials throughout the week -
Access to basic printing facilities at home is a bonus, but not essential.

Available dates