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Graphic Design - Intermediate

Graphic Design - Intermediate

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rachel Kirk, Alex McCullough


This course has been specifically designed as a follow-up to our Graphics Design - Beginners short course. The emphasis is on the generation of ideas and creative thinking, rather than just studio techniques. It is a computer-free course. There will be visual exercises, visits to exhibitions, talks, and group critiques. Designed to push you beyond the basics, this course is also a lot of fun!

Who should take this course?

The course is designed for those who have completed an introductory short course and it assumes that you have some familiarity with the creative process.

It would be a useful course for students thinking of further study in graphic-related subjects.

Entry requirements

This is not a beginner’s course. You should have done an introductory short course before, such as our Graphic Design – Beginners.

It is required that students will already have knowledge of basic graphic design concepts such as composition, colour, typography, layout, and visual identity. 

Follow-up courses

On completion of this course you could consider taking our Graphic Design Portfolio, depending on your preferred path of study progression. 

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

Tutor Description

As a graphic designer and communications professional Rachel Kirk brings a wide range of skills and experience to her teaching. She has been living, studying and working in London for over 20 years. She was awarded a First Class BA in Graphic Design from Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design (London Metropolitan University). Following her BA she was selected to take part in the national Design Factory Symposium at The Design Museum and exhibited at The Design Junction during The London Design Festival 2012. After working as a marketing manager, communications consultant and freelance designer for a number of years Rachel returned to education, undertaking an MA in Graphic Communications Design at Central Saint Martins. In 2017 Rachel was selected as one of ten designers and visual artists from CSM to collaborate with musicians from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama to produce an audio visual event for The Barbican’s Curious Festival. Today Rachel works as a communications consultant, freelance designer and teaches at CSM.

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


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A4 or A3 sketchbook
  • Black fine-liner pen
  • Black marker pen
  • Pencil

Available dates