Diploma in Graphic Design
What is Graphic Design?
Kickstart your course with an overview of the graphic design space. Get familiar with the concept of graphic design as well as an understanding of visual relationships that can help you communicate a direct and coherent message. Investigate the various design careers this industry has to offer and work your way through the holy trinity of graphic design applications — Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
The Elements and Principles of Design
In your second graphic design lesson, you will get acquainted with developing a ‘designer’s eye’. The key is to understand the building blocks of visual communication. You will learn more about the elements and principles of design including value, colour, focal point, rhythm and the theory of gestalt. This lesson embraces the practicality of applying these elements and principles, and how to think like a creative specialist.
An Introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Logo Designing
Adobe Illustrator, the world-leading digital illustration application, is the starting point of this lesson. Lesson 3 will investigate one of the first tasks a designer is faced with; logo creation. The process of concept to presentation is known as the design cycle and a thorough breakdown will be given as to how to approach a customer through the design cycle. The lesson will end with an introduction to working in Adobe Illustrator.
Flyer Design Using Adobe Illustrator
In lesson 4, you will differentiate between the different types of images graphic designers deal with daily. You thought you knew all there is about images, but this course will blow your mind with some newfound knowledge. A bulletproof design technique that barely fails will be taught and applied in a practical exercise of Adobe Illustrator. This lesson is sure to get you hooked!
Photo-manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
Did you know there is a difference between a digital and printed image? This lesson will investigate the crucial component of working with pixels. Photoshop demos will make this lesson even more practical, and the fundamentals of Photoshop including layers and blending modes will be focused on. The lesson will end with a fun demo on creating a basic double exposure image using the techniques learnt.
Movie Poster Design in Adobe Photoshop
The golden ratio, rule of thirds and principles of good design will be discussed in lesson 6. The amazing ability of Photoshop will be put to the test with the introduction of layer masks. These skills will be put to practice by designing a movie poster. Once you've finished lesson 6, you will eat, sleep and speak Photoshop.
An Introduction to Adobe InDesign
Print is not dead. Getting your files print-ready is a critical part of any designer’s task. Bleeds, cropmarks, colour space and format are the principles that will be explained in this lesson, and the student will be introduced to the amazing Adobe InDesign — the most powerful layout application.
Brochure Design in InDesign
About 70% of all designs consist of typography — the art of using type in your design. In the last lesson of module 1, you will realise that type is not only a mere communication instrument but you will also see the potential of using type as a design element. Your audience wants to read your message but with so many other messages screaming for attention, how do you make your message stand out?