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Graphic Design: Essential Building Blocks

London College of Communication
Taught by
Nikos Georgopoulos, Stephen Hall, A respected industry expert


This course will introduce you to graphic design through the development of professional processes and skills. Taught through tutor presentations and hands on studio time, you will learn the building blocks of design so that you can create work you can be proud of. 

You will engage with projects and learn the subtleties of design in order to expand your creativity and challenge the often disjointed nature of mainstream design.

As part of the course you will be asked to come up with hypothetical design proposals for three major brands- redesigning their advertisements, typography and aesthetics.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to design elements­
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Mass
  • Texture
  • Colour
  • Scale
  • Position
  • Typography

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

  • Understand and effectively use the elements of design
  • Convey your enthusiasm, creativity, intellect, and practical skills through an engaging portfolio of design work
  • Understand the importance of wit, creativity, and elegance in design

For the majority of the course the work will be practical and hands on but a small percentage will be computer based. 
Who Should Attend
Students, professionals and enthusiasts looking to acquire basic design skills

Beginner: Some familiarity with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to increase your digital skills with Adobe InDesign: Beginners or try your hand at the analogue process with Letterpress.

Tailor Made Training
We also offer bespoke graphic design courses for groups and businesses. To find out what we can offer, please complete a Tailor Made Training Enquiry form.

Tutor Description

With over 25 years embedded in the disciplines of design, art and education, Stephen Hall has delivered on several UAL undergraduate courses and the Foundation Diploma at LCC since 2007. Originally studying Fine Art, before embarking on a career in Illustration, Stephen complimented his practice with educational work teaching English and Art in various capacities. After studying Graphic Design in London he founded Magpie Designs which specialises in providing illustrative graphic design solutions across a wide array of formate including print, web, animation and multi-media.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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