Graphics and Illustration begins with an induction course which teaches core observational drawing techniques with visits to Warner Brothers Studios and Zoological Society London.
As part of the course, you will learn to draw and paint using a wide range of media including acrylics, oils and gouache; you will experiment with mixed media and work in a variety of craft disciplines. Your skills will develop to high standards through regular practice, including weekly homework. Projects are based on design briefs, involving research from direct observation, including the human figure, which often follows visits to galleries and museums. Teaching includes group work and individual demonstration of craft techniques. Graphic design students are also taught special lettering, typography, layout and illustration.
You will develop analytical, experimental and documenting skills, a specialist vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the place of art and design in history and contemporary society.
Graphic communication is an art course covering advertising and editorial graphics and illustration. It should not be confused with graphics visualising for product design.
This course is a suitable foundation for students interested in progressing onto an applied art degree, the Art and Design (Pre BA) Level 3 Foundation Diploma, a HNC or HND in graphic design.
Throughout the year there will be a number of research trips, which are aimed at enhancing critical and contextual studies, and providing inspiration for your work.