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Graphic Design for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Graphic Design for 14 - 17 Year Olds

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Jon Martin


Graphic Design for 14 - 17 year olds will explore the world of visual communication as you unravel the possibilities of graphic design. You'll leave with a body of design work and new-found skills that can be put towards building a design portfolio.

Through a series of fun and engaging workshops, you will experiment with a range of hands on materials and processes.

You will develop your drawing, push your printmaking, tinker with your typography and focus on your photography. With this array of materials, you will let your imagination run free and find new ways of expressing and communicating your ideas.

We'll encourage you to develop your ideas through brainstorming and visual research, with an off-site visit to feed your inspiration.

Topics covered

  • Identity; collage
  • Letter form generation
  • Magazine layout, editorial
  • Poster design, editing
  • Visit to the Design Museum
  • Redesign, rebranding, marketing
  • Reconceptualisation, advertising; mixed media
  • Guerrilla advertising / viral campaigns
Course outcomes
You'll leave with a small body of work and a broader understanding of the possibilities offered by working in the area of graphic design. You will have gained skills that can be used in building a future portfolio.

Who should attend
This course is aimed at anyone aged 14 - 17 years with an interest in art and design, keen to explore the possibilities of working as a graphic designer. Students may wish to progress onto Digital Design Short Course for Teenagers.


Tutor Description

Jon Martin has a BA in Fine Art, specialising in Printmaking, an MA in Academic Practice and is presently studying for PhD. During the past two decades Jon has taught at Middlesex University, Chelsea College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts and the Teaching and Learning Exchange at UAL.

Jon is also an independent art and design practitioner, working in the areas of drawing, graphic design, printmaking and typography, alongside various practical and academic research interests. He has extensive experience of various art and design disciplines and is enthusiastic about helping students of all ages identify their particular creative strengths and nurturing an open approach to the generation and development of ideas.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Sketch book

  • A selection of B Grade pencils  

  • A pencil sharpener

  • Erasers

  • Fine black felt tip

  • Coloured pencils

  • If you have one, a camera (phone with camera is sufficient)

  • Some money for entrance to Temporary Exhibition (optional) at the Design Museum on Wednesday 17th / 31st August. This will be no more than £10.

There is a canteen onsite, alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates