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Fundamentals of Graphic Design

This course will focus on the fundamentals of graphic design and working as a graphic designer. Great for those who are starting out and looking to move into the industry or anyone who'd like to supplement their current reading material.

The outcomes for this course will be:

  1. To demonstrate an understanding of the technical and conceptual skills required to work as a designer, including industry structures, operations, employment obligations and the impact of new technologies.
  2. Research and analyse design theory and history and apply knowledge to graphic design.
  3. Explain and discuss the concept for work and work developed as part of a design team.
  4. Explore and integrate colour, design theories and typography.
  5. Use design software packages to produce graphic design layouts, including graphic and text elements for print applications.
  6. Interpret and respond to design briefs to produce graphic solutions.
  7. Manage time effectively and prepare for entry to the graphic design industry.

During this course you will be building a portfolio to showcase your work to potential clients or employers. We will discuss preparing a digital portfolio and a printed portfolio.

Lectures
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Prerequisites

The only prerequisites for this course is students have access to a computer (Mac or PC) and access to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat Pro.

Syllabus

This course will start on the 12th November!

If you come through late, don't worry. All material will still be available on the website.

Material will be available VIA the class website, and discussions can be held VIA r/GDClass.

Lesson material may be information sheets, homework tasks, discussion questions, etc.

Lesson 1 - Starting 12th November Taking a Brief

Lesson 2 Typography

Lesson 3 Colour

Lesson 4 Lateral thinking

Lesson 5 Design principles

Lesson 6 Adobe InDesign

Lesson 7 Adobe Illustrator

Lesson 8 Adobe Photoshop

Lesson 9 Adobe Acrobat

Lesson 10 Branding

Lesson 11 Advertising

Lesson 12 Publishing

Lesson 13 Direct Marketing

Lesson 14 Photography Basics

Lesson 15 Image Manipulation

Lesson 16 Photo Retouch

Lesson 17 Pre-press

Lesson 18 Printing

Lesson 19 File Management

Lesson 20 Studio Skills

Lesson 21 Industry Speakers

Lesson 22 Your Portfolio

Lesson 23 Employment

Additional information

Homework is not mandatory, but it is recommended as it will help you retain the information and skills taught throughout the class.

This course has been put together using my experience in the industry and those who I have worked with. If you have any questions about the material, email me.

Or, if you are a professional designer who'd like to add information you think would be valuable, let me know.

Students will be encouraged to be involved in the class material, ask questions and create discussion.

Teacher qualifications

I have been a graphic designer for 10 years, 8 of those qualified. I have worked in print, apparel and product design and development.

I currently own and operate my own studio, employing two developers and one other designer.

Latest Update
Lesson 1 - Available Now (2012-11-05 02:16:53)

"Hi guys - Lesson 1 is online now at www.gdclass.org. Jump onto r/GDClass to find the link as well as start the class discussion. Looking forward to having a chat to you all. Luey

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