Advanced Diploma in
Our comprehensive Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design course provides you with the necessary skills and a solid understanding of the key areas of Graphic Design. You will develop your level of expertise and confidence in the many components of visual communication. With an in-depth knowledge of the Principles of Design you will learn to create professional designs in both print and digital formats as well as gaining valuable insights into the areas of logo creation, image creation, designing for the web, typography and branding. You will further develop your skills in Adobes industry standard applications, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign - the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Graphic Design.
8 Live Interactive Lessons
4 Weeks Long
15 hours +
Advanced Colour Theory
Colour in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in a person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else. Sometimes this is due to personal preference, and other times due to cultural background. Colour theory is a science in itself and learning concepts like Chroma, Value and Saturation is key to creating your own colour schemes, which we will be creating from scratch. This is essential for your personal design projects.
Photoshop is one part of the `Holy Trinity’ of design, the others being Illustrator and InDesign. During this lesson you will discover the shear amount of power Photoshop contains. This tour of Photoshop will touch on the many tools of Photoshop and the sub-categories within each tool choice. This lesson will also provide a deeper look into the blend modes, the layer style blending options and the image adjustments that can be used and tweaked to your liking.
Filters are a great tool for any graphic designer. Photoshop has a large range of filters to fit every genre and to help create amazing pieces of work. During this lesson we will delve in these filters, to fully grasp the creative power they have.
Logo Design Principals
During this lesson you will discover the best principles of logo design and the what not to dos, to make sure you avoid those easily made mistakes. This Lesson will then discuss what makes a logo work before moving on to the principals contained in Gestalt theory. Following on from this, you will get a look into the design process of negative space. Finally, in the practical session, you will gain a hands on approach to logo design techniques and the all-important negative space logo creation.
Infographics are visual representations of data and information. They are intended to help convey information faster, as the mind processes images faster than words. This lesson will touch on the history of infographics and how technology has had a major impact. We will be discussing the best practices when designing infographics before approaching our own infographic creation in Adobe Illustrator.
Before approaching Adobe InDesign, we will look at the development of grid layout, the golden ratio and the rule of thirds. We will have a brief look at the layout terms needed when designing for InDesign. Based on our look at grid theory we will use Adobe InDesign to create a magazine cover spread. We will start by learning how to create master pages to make our designing life easier, before moving on to more advanced techniques to help our magazine jump to life.
Pushing forward from our grid layout lessons, the next step is to discuss the best practices for portfolio creation. During this lesson we will discuss tips for portfolio creation that will help guide you towards that next step in your career. During our hands on practical webinar, we will try a variety of different layout types so you, as a creative individual, can tweak them to your own standards, inviting your own creative portfolio.
After creating your killer Portfolio, it is now time to take that extra step towards securing a design career. A creative CV/Résumé will help you stand out, get you the interview and secure the job, along with the portfolio of course. We will look at the best practices for creative résumés and will touch on some of the best creative techniques used during designing.
Branding & Packaging
Branding and packaging is an important tool to any business. As a designer you will need to know how to make your clients business stand out from its competitors. This lesson will teach all the knowledge you need to get ahead in the branding and packaging side of graphic design. Using the Adobe packages, we will create some stunning artwork to be used for a variety of different branding and packaging.
Typography is an art form of its own. Understanding typography and its power is a great asset to any designer. Creating your own custom fonts is an advantage every graphic designer should possess. We will look at custom fonts and how to edit already existing fonts to help your designs pop.
Idea Generation & Development
This lesson will solely focus on the process of idea generation and how to go from a simple brief to a masterpiece of work. We will go through all of the steps of idea generation in depth, allowing for creativity even in the non-creative parts of graphic design. We will also look at clichés and how to avoid them for a better end result when designing.
The final lessons will be based on career advice to help you ease into the possibility of designing for either a client or for yourself. We will discuss on a step by step basis what you need to know and what you need to do to become a freelance graphic designer. This lesson will give you the opportunity to ask about any worries you have concerning your next step within graphic design and to gain valuable advice from our graphic design educators.
I have just completed Kevin's Graphic Design course and highly recommend it to anyone interested in this field. It was packed with a wealth of info that he crammed into 10 excellent lessons.
Doing graphics designing course, it's really amazing, interactive and professional and I recommend Shaw academy to everyone who are willing to take online courses and also want full support about their courses throughout the session. It's really fun guys give it a try.
Thanks to Kevin for the amazing graphic design courses I'm thoroughly enjoying it and learning new things each lesson
I found the course of Graphic Design to be extremely helpful.I have never found the staff at any other learning institution as supportive as the staff at Shaw Academy.
I love the interactive approach and the time the teachers take to contact us all personally as well. I enjoyed my graphic design course very much and would recommend Shaw Academy to anyone that likes studying in their own pace and time.
Graphic Design awesome . Really helpful .
It's my first time to try and online course..
I have started with Shaw academy graphic design course , I am enjoying the course It is really interesting ,,Thank you Shaw academy #shawgraphic
I am taking the Graphic Design Class and I was a bit worried because I had no experience but I am thrilled with the experience!!! I have learned so very much! I thought I would be overwhelmed but I am not, the class it face-paced but not too much so that I cant keep up. I am definitely taking another class as soon as this one wraps up.
I am taking the graphics design class all the way from zambia lusaka. I was very worried of how it will be .