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.
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24 Interactive Lessons
12 Weeks Long
24 hours +
The Thursday webinars are very interactive and are often student led. As long as you’re a member, you will be registered for them indefinitely, so you can log in anywhere in the world to practice and apply the skills you have learned.
Week 1: Branding & Packaging
Theory Tuesday, 29 Aug 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 31 Aug 18:00 PM GMT
Branding and packaging is an important tool to any business. 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.
Week 2: Advanced Typography
Theory Tuesday, 05 Sep 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 07 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
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.
Week 3: Idea Generation & Development
Theory Tuesday, 12 Sep 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 14 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
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 the steps of idea generation in depth, allowing for creativity even in the non-creative parts of graphic design.
Week 4: Career Advice
Theory Tuesday, 19 Sep 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 21 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
These 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.
Advanced Theory Semester
Week 1: Advanced Colour Theory
Theory Tuesday, 26 Sep 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 28 Sep 18:00 PM GMT
Colour in design is very subjective. What evokes one reaction in a person may evoke a very different reaction in someone else. Colour theory is a science 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.
Week 2: Photoshop Essentials
Theory Tuesday, 03 Oct 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 05 Oct 18:00 PM GMT
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.
Week 3: Photoshop Filters & Blend Modes
Theory Tuesday, 10 Oct 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 12 Oct 18:00 PM GMT
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.
Week 4: Logo Design Principles
Theory Tuesday, 17 Oct 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 19 Oct 18:00 PM GMT
During this lesson you will discover the best principles of logo design, and the “what not to do”, 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.
Professional Creation Semester
Week 1: Infographics
Theory Tuesday, 24 Oct 18:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 26 Oct 18:00 PM GMT
Infographics are visual representations of data and information. They are intended to help convey information faster, as the mind processes images faster than words. We will be discussing the best practices when designing infographics before approaching our own infographic creation in Adobe Illustrator.
Week 2: Grid Theory
Theory Tuesday, 31 Oct 19:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 02 Nov 19:00 PM GMT
Whether you work in digital or print, you need to understand grid theory. Grids are like the invisible glue that holds a design together. So whatever area of design you are interested in, we'll help you gain a solid understanding of the terminology, practice and purpose of the grid.
Week 3: Portfolio Creation
Theory Tuesday, 07 Nov 19:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 09 Nov 19:00 PM GMT
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.
Week 4: Creative Résumé
Theory Tuesday, 14 Nov 19:00 PM GMT|
Practical Thursday, 16 Nov 19:00 PM GMT
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 the design.
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.
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