Graphic Design For Beginners (Online)
Graphic design begins with ideas, and this course encourages the development of ideas through observation and research as well as introducing students to layout and typography. The course includes six diverse but related projects, inspired by the BA degree course at Central Saint Martins. Beginning with a graphic ideas brief, the projects continue with an introduction to typography and layout; including projects to design a logo, a poster and a magazine spread; the final projects are to make a small book and build a portfolio using a template website. You will be required to complete the projects in your own time to maximise your learning process and upload your work for constructive feedback during the live session.
This course is aimed at beginners to graphic design who are keen to experiment and produce an inventive portfolio, either for an application for further study or for those who just want to refresh themselves and exercise an enquiring mind.
Please note that this course does not provide instruction in using computer programs and knowledge of graphic design computer programmes is not required to complete the projects.
Course Schedule – 6 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week
Typography and logotypes
Review of work and building a portfolio
Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link:http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london
Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session.
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Ruth Sykes is a co-founder of the REG design studio, whose clients include The Crafts Council, Central Saint Martins, English Heritage, Thames and Hudson and UP Projects. Ruth is an associate lecturer on the BA Graphic Design Course at Central Saint Martins, and a graduate of the course.
Please ensure that you have the following materials to hand:
- Black ink pen
- Sketchbook (A4 size)
- Scalpel knife
- Cutting mat
- Metal safety ruler
- Glue stick
- PVA glue
- A3 white paper (around 80gsm) x 12 sheets
- A3 tracing paper (around 6 sheets)
- A camera (any sort, a camera phone is fine)
- Millboard, A4 size x 2 sheets
- Cartridge paper, A4 size x 4 sheets
- Coloured pens and pencils can be useful
- 1 x USB webcam (external), to easily show work in progress
To complete your projects further materials are usually required, which will depend on your ideas for your projects.