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An Introduction to Graphic Design and Illustration


Course overview

Graphic design and illustration are the creative visualisation of communication, encompassing the interpretation of persuasion, education, information and entertainment through text and image. This module introduces you to these key principles and language of the subject and follows the process from interpreting the brief to realising and finally communicating creative ideas. No previous knowledge is assumed and you are encouraged to explore a range of ideas, processes and methods while completing a negotiated project.

The course is now full.

This course will be delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

Starts Monday 1 June, Mondays & Wednesday for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

This course will be delivered via live sessions. Tasks will be allocated weekly, supported with live demonstrations of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator), online lectures, and Q&A sessions.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please let us know by emailing

Where you study

This course will be delivered online.

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Course details

What you study

Module Aims
- To develop an understanding of the key principles and contexts of graphic design and illustration
- To develop the knowledge and practical skills to create visual communications and communicate them using a variety of media processes and methods.
- To provide opportunities for students to originate and present imaginative designs in their own subject area.
- To encourage a reflective approach to learning.

Indicative Content
- Contexts of contemporary graphic design and illustration.
- The creative process and concept development.
- Creatively explore the use of text and image.
- Project presentations and reflective summary.

How you are assessed

The module will be assessed through a portfolio of creative work (100%).

Work is marked as a portfolio at the end of the course. Marks given out of 100, university standard grading rubric.

Mid-course presentation of work so far, to be shared digitally with the class via Google Slides/Zoom.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform.

This course requires you to have access to the following programs:
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
Please be advised that when you enrol on this course you will be able to access Adobe Suite through your student account for the duration of the teaching period.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or equivalent.



2020/21 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Monday 1 June, Mondays & Wednesday for four weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm