Graphic Design course

A teacher-led practical course for beginners in which you will learn to create graphic design projects from scratch in Adobe software, build a portfolio, and start to earn up to an extra £2500 per month.
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A graphic designer is an in-demand profession
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One of the main objectives of a graphic designer is to visualize the ideas and images of the customer. Advanced skills in Illustrator and Photoshop will give you the opportunity to develop bright logos, business cards, brand books, and other elements of identity.
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You can not only work from the office but also receive projects on freelance exchanges from any place in the world.
£33400
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The course will be suitable if:

You study graphic design
You are interested in the field of design
You want to work as a freelancer
The course is suitable for novice designers who want to gain skills in creating projects in the field of graphic design. During the course, you will learn how to reach compositional solutions and be able to work effectively with colour and fonts to create appealing designs.
This course will be an interesting supplement for students who study graphic design. You will learn practical processes of developing designs from scratch and get useful resources to work with.
You will understand how to find orders on freelance exchanges and develop a portfolio to attract customers. By the end of the course, you will have a ready-made project for your portfolio.
One of the most popular fields in design are graphics. Many companies are interested in the service of graphic designers. After the courses, you will be able to design business cards, brand books, and logos for companies. This can be the start of a career.
We'll help you to achieve the profession you dream of, from scratch to your first earnings
We will immerse you in the profession
You will be able to visualize your brand and its identity: logos, guidelines, brand books, and corporate merchandise
Create interesting and visually attractive designs
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We will help you create a portfolio
You will be able to develop graphic designs for packaging, branding, and advertising
Turn your creative vision and talent into a hobby or full-time career and earn a high income
Use effective font and colour combinations
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We will teach you how to promote yourself
Build your portfolio and earn as a designer
Develop a corporate identity
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You will master the principles of typography and colour and be able to create fresh compositions from fonts and colour combinations.
Learn how to expertly liaise with commercial customers and start to earn up to an extra £2500 per month from your graphic design projects

Course programme

5
practical workshops
per week
week
course
2
each workshop is 2 hours
Open curriculum

Graphic designer

1
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Choose a topic for a future project

⦁ Search for inspiration from other designers

Tools
Adobe Illustrator
Graphic techniques
Visual experience
Trends in design
1. Designers as a profession
2. Work tools
3. Resources for finding ideas
4. Types of design
5. Graphic trends
6. Graphic and UI/ UX design
You will practice

Colouristics

2
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Select a colour solution for the project
Tools
Itten's circle
Contrast
Colour tone
Colour schemes
1. Colour Theory
2. Colour Characteristics
3. Selection of colour harmonies
4. Colour contrasts
5. Visual message
6. Balance in colour
7. Cases of using colour solutions
You will practice

Typography

3
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Development of font pairs for the project

⦁ Create a composition of fonts and illustrations using techniques reviewed in the course

Tools
Font pairs
Size
Interline space
Font composition
1. Typography objectives
2. Font characteristics
3. Composition in typography
4. Selecting font combinations
5. Proximity rule
6. Combining text and illustration
7. Calligraphy and lettering
You will practice

Composition

4
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create a composition from text and graphic elements
Tools
Modular grid
Anchor object
Statics and dynamics
Combination of elements
1. Composition Center
2. Layouts of elements
3. Compositional techniques
4. Creating a composition
5. Modular grid
6. Anchor objects
7. Brand logos and analyze them
You will practice

Design thinking

5
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Analyze the project's target audience

⦁ Apply design thinking in a project

Tools
Ideas generation
Prototyping
MVP
Testing
1. The idea of design thinking
2. Stages of project analysis
3. Audiences
4. Ideas selection
5. Prototype creation
6. Approaches to work
7. Design thinking in graphic design
You will practice
Working with the customer
6
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Write a brief for developing a corporate identity

⦁ Prepare the technical requirements
Tools
Brief
Technical Requirement
Design-concept
Creative techniques
1. Project documentation
2. Drafting a brief
3. The development of technical requirements
4. Working with customers
5. Creating unique concepts
6. Ways to develop creativity
You will practice

Branding

7
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Development of the brand concept for the project
Tools
Market analyses
Naming
Brand conception
Corporate style
1. Branding stages
2. Market research and target audience
3. Concept and idea
4. Development of the name
5. Brand visualization
6. Branding success factors
You will practice

Identity

8
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create identity elements
Tools
Brandbook
Guideline
Brand logotype
Stylization
1. Brand books, guidelines, and cat-guides
2. Corporate identity development
3. Visual identifications
4. Creating identity elements
5. Logo requirements
6. Design of packaging, souvenirs and advertising
You will practice

Search for orders

9
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Work on the design of the project

⦁ Prepare the project for presentation
Tools
Freelance exchanges
Portfolio
Mock-up
1. Projects for the designer
2. Working with online exchanges
3. Design competitions
4. Online presentations of the project
5. Creating a portfolio
6. Working with the customer
7. Placement on mock-ups
8. Examples of successful design projects
You will practice
Work design

Presentation of the design project

10
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Project presentation
Tools
Corporate style
Presentation
Project presentation
1. Useful resources for your work
2. Projects of other graphic designers
3. Works for your portfolio
4. Questions and answers to students' questions
5. Project presentations
You will practice
Course results
How the course is delivered
Participate in live lessons with a teacher in an online class.
Live Online Lessons
Communicate with classmates and the teacher in a closed Telegram chat room.
Homework & Support
Community & Feedback
Do your homework on the platform and get teacher comments on your work.
Stay motivated with our live community
Live chatting with your group mates
You will not be alone through all your study. We get all our students together on group chats where you are able to post your photos, ask questions and share your success!

The best way to maintain your motivation is getting live feedback from the teacher and your group mates.
Alex Nana Kwasi
Graphic designer
Experience
With a great passion and strong expertise in UI design and interactive media, Alex regularly works on creating new and engaging ways to teach and inspire younger generations to create through graphic and digital design.
Alex worked professionally as a Multimedia Designer, starting at a mobile games company and later becoming a Design Executive for BBC Worldwide. Alex has a strong passion for working on a youth development programs and recently launched a hackathon initiative in partnership with Chelsea Football Club Foundation and Hackney Learning Trust.
"Graphic Design is a wonderful intersection between user experience and modern-day technology."

Your teachers

Sue
Cumming
Graphic designer
Experience
Hello! I'm a designer. Based in South Africa – I've spent time travelling and working in and around London.

Qualified in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, I've spent 20 years working across a spectrum of projects, incorporating Brand Development, Emailers, Product Range Development and Illustrations.

I've a passion for branding and providing innovative and impactful communication tools to visually capture and position businesses in the market place.

Recently I've worked on re-branding an established finance company, infographics for reports, design for a renown British filmmaker, product design for a National School-Readiness Programme and digital design for a high-end antique store.


"Creativity is intelligence having fun!"
Albert Einstein
Portfolio
Of Alex Nana Kwasi
Social Fabric
Interior Design Company requiring a redesign and launch of a WordPress Website.
Always The Sun festival
A fully responsive microsite and ticket order system for fans and artists to engage and announce the latest news, in the build-up to the Always The Sun festival.
Lifestyle Photography and Social Media Design
Working on digital collateral for an emerging lifestyle brand called Parfait Courtier.
The Secret Life of Pets
Creating a bespoke range of interactive display media that was not only fun to engage with but represented the personality and character of The Secret Life of Pets.
Portfolio
Of Sue Cumming
Victoria Hills
CEO & Founder Inspire HR Solutions
Experience
Using her 20 years of experience in HR, Victoria knows precisely how to effectively drive upgrades in the corporate world. She is always on hand to offer insight and perspective on best practice and is delighted to share her thoughts on how to increase the benefits of professional skills.

The course is accredited
by HR experts

The webinar with Victoria Hills "How to update your CV and raise your income with your new skills"
The gift for our learners:
The portfolio of our students on the Graphic design course
Student's testimonials
Nancy Sullivan
I went to study for graphic design training courses from the ICS. I didn't regret my choice a bit, because here I got everything I wanted: the necessary knowledge from wonderful teachers, the guidance of professionals, invaluable experience and so much needed communication with creative talented people.
I have been doing design for some time, but this knowledge was not enough. And reading professional literature does not provide practical skills. I chose a graphic arts course from the ICS after a long time looking at many other educational institutions!!! And I never regretted my choice.
Dennis Cooper
Deborah Olson
I went to digital design course, not counting on professional and in-depth knowledge of the subject. However, these courses gave me a complete education. A well-thought-out program and a powerful teaching staff provided knowledge in all areas of graphic design.
The program training for beginners exceeded my expectations. I did not even expect that in such a short time you can learn graphic design so much. Everything we studied - everything came in handy, no unnecessary items. Many thanks to the teachers!
Ricky Cook
Mihaita Popescu
Deborah Olson
A Personal Certificate will be presented to you after you have completed the course.

Qualification

Personal certificate
Your CV right after the course

Key competencies:

Selection of compositional solutions and colour combinations

Creating a visual brand concept

Development of a corporate identity

Creating identity elements

Design of the brand book

Formation of the brief and technical task
Job opportunities



340 vacancies for graphic designers were scanned on Indeed.co.uk. After analysing the data, this course was designed to incorporate the current demands of the market. We guarantee that your skills will be up to date.
of our learners were able to find a new job or increase their income within 6 months after the course
74%
British HR-specialists recommend us
There is no doubt that the ICS is an excellent place to study. You'll be able to boost your career and raise your salary by learning skills from the ICS courses.
George Evans
HR-specialist in Digital Farm