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Digital Graphic Design - An Introduction

Arts University Bournemouth

2 months
319 GBP/full
319 GBP/full
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An all-round introduction to the three most used programs involved in graphic design (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). This Digital Graphic Design - An Introduction course from Arts University Bournemouth is ideal for anyone looking to learn and develop their skills in digital design or simply study the effective use of visual design within communication.


Written primarily for beginners, this course will introduce you to software commonly used in graphic design and encourage you to practise these techniques across a range of different case studies. This is a fast-paced course and with plenty to do for even the more experienced designer. Intermediate level designers may benefit from picking up portfolio building projects and the tutor feedback.

Programme Overview

As well as developing creative design strategies, you’ll be encouraged to bring your own experiences and interests to your work to find your own creative design identity.

During the Digital Graphic Design - An Introduction course from Arts University Bournemouth, you’ll be given a fundamental working knowledge of the most popular software packages used by designers and develop a more critical outlook to visual communication. Through a combination of digital-based workshops and guided feedback you’ll be introduced to layout, composition, type and image.

The tasks in this course will see you designing business collateral and other activities that will help you apply your newly learned skills and knowledge in real life. You’ll cover ten different aspects of graphic design work using case studies which can be developed further into a portfolio of work on completion of the course.

The course aims to:

  • Theory – The topic of interest, as well as best practice principles, are discussed with the students
  • Demonstration – A set of tasks are given in each session. Students are walked through the process of completing them
  • Practical – The students are expected, with support from the tutor, to build a version of the material they have been taught in each session. These are expected to come together by the end of the course to represent a strong portfolio of completed work

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
  • Scope and Nature of Graphic Design
  • Design Fundamentals – line, tone, colour, etc…
  • Colour Theory and Applications
  • Typography
  • Illustration – methods and techniques
  • Photo-retouching
  • Package Design
  • Magazine and Book Layout
  • Gradient Meshing
  • Logotype and Branding Design
  • Layout Design
  • Basic Animation
  • Design Systems and the Design Industry – design briefs, how to bid for jobs, etc…
  • Comparative Design – lessons from other designers (lots of research)
  • Design Project – a practical project applying everything prior to this

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Places on our Short Courses are limited so we advise that you enrol as soon as possible to secure a place. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners, or those students who wish to improve their understanding and skills.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    319 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.
  • National

    319 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 319 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.

Living costs for Bournemouth

700 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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