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Graphic Design Portfolio Preparation

Graphic Design Portfolio Preparation

London College of Communication
Taught by
Stephen Hall


Covering type, layout and branding, this course will help you build your graphic design work into an impactful portfolio for further study. Based upon LCC’s extensive expertise in graphic design education it covers graphic context and practice, and the application of one to the other. It is perfect for you if you already have a body of work and want to select and edit it to showcase your vision and skills.

Through a series of tutor-led discussions and visits, you will deepen your understanding of the foundations of graphic design. You will apply this knowledge and develop your existing design skills through practical workshops. We will cover ways to communicate elements in your work that are not solely focused on finished work, by covering ways of presenting your research, ideas and analysis.This is not a computer software course but rather reflects the studio-based and idea generation nature of graphic

It is expected that by the end of the course you have built upon work you already have and produced fresh new work. You will receive guidance in putting together roughs, ideas and experimentations that lead up to your final designs.

Please note this course is suitable for you if you are applying for BA or MA study at LCC, but does not guarantee entry.

Topics Covered

  • Case studies and context
  • Fundamentals of graphic design: line, type, colour and texture
  • Notebook development
  • Digital design labs
  • Individual project
  • Presentation of work and peer critiques
  • Interdisciplinary design

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should have:

  • Prepared new work for your portfolio
  • Understood how to develop your work through experimentation
  • Put together a collection of ideas, notes and sketches to be included notebook / sketchbook to support your portfolio

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for you if you have a body of graphic design work you wish to develop and edit into a portfolio for work or education.

Intermediate: You should have a body of graphic design to bring with you, and some understanding of the fundamentals of design theory.

Follow Up Courses
Once you have taken this course you may be interested in Digital Typographic Design or Summer School: Graphic Media Design.

Related Undergraduate Courses at LCC
Once you have taken this course you may be interested in applying for BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction,BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design or BA (Hons) Graphic Branding and Identity.

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 complemented 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.

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