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Graphic Design Bundle, 2 Courses

Beginner's Guide To Graphic Design


Get Graphic Design and Symbology in this Bundle

1. Graphic Design: Beginner's Guide To Graphic Design

Requiring no prerequisite knowledge, the Graphic Design Course provides you with all the information you need to get started in this creative industry. You’ll gain an understanding of the history, theories, practices and principles of the topic, and even be guided through taking on paid work as a freelancer or through your own business.

To understand where graphic design is now, you first need to take a step back to appreciate where it has been. You will be guided through the history of graphic and industrial design, learning about key personalities and moments, and how they helped to form the modern approach to design.

Good graphic design is governed by certain theories and laws, such as colour theory, the role and use of grids, typography and much more. The Graphic Design Course takes you through these fundamentals and the basic elements that make up the practice.

Putting the theory to practical use, the course explains the tools, skills and knowledge that good graphic designers must develop. A big part of the early stages of the creative process involves making quick sketches and then more finished drawings. You will learn the importance of developing good drawing skills, the difference between sketching and drawing (understanding when each is appropriate) and how to make drawing easier by separating elements into simplified forms that you can build upon.

An understanding of letterforms is one of the most important skills for a graphic designer to possess. This course outlines the difference between typography, lettering, and calligraphy and provides step-by-step guidance on drawing calligraphy and adjusting letterforms with typography.

Having learnt about the basics of individual design elements – colour, shape, texture, space, and form, the Graphic Design Course expands on each area, explaining their individual importance. From this understanding, you are guided through joining these together. Illustrated explanations offer a coherent understanding of composition, Gestalt Theory, and other design principles. You will also learn about why graphic design is used and the differences between print and web design.

Graphic design is an old practice that has changed massively with the advent of affordable computing. This course explains how computers function and how traditional practices and processes have changed with the digital age. It also provides you with a list of industry-standard software and online resources that are essential to the modern graphic designer.

Every project a designer takes on is a problem or a challenge to help others understand something, so to be an effective designer requires good problem solving. The Graphic Design Course examines processes that will aid you in becoming a more proficient problem solver and teaches you how to create a design concept that will guide the creation of your solution. You’ll learn about what various tools included with image editors do and how they can aid you in creating your designs.

This course offers guidance in setting up a business or becoming a freelancer and how these options compare to being a salaried employee. You will explore the services you can provide, the paperwork you need to be aware of when setting up, how to create a business identity, setting up your workspace, finding your niche, and how to create and action an effective marketing plan.

A portfolio can secure or lose you clients, so you need to make sure it’s a good one. A good portfolio should showcase your talents and demonstrate that you are capable of providing the solutions that your clients are looking for. You’ll learn how to create a portfolio that sells your services and matches up with your clients’ needs.

With so many different markets and industries that use graphic design for vastly varied purposes, there is no standardised pricing for this type of work. This can make it difficult to decide what to charge. The Graphic Design Course advises you on how to calculate your pricing based on various factors and the services you offer, and how to go about negotiating the price of a project with a client.

Who would benefit from the course?

This is a specialised course, designed for those who may have little or no knowledge of the subject but wish to pursue graphic design as a career.

If you play with graphic design but don’t understand the decisions you make during the creative process and would like to concretise your understanding of the subject and of particular elements of the design process, this course will get you there.

Existing graphic designers wishing to go it alone will learn how to set themselves up as a freelancer or start a business, including how to understand and set pricing and create a tailored portfolio that shows you can meet the needs of specific clients.

2. Symbology: Learn How To Decipher The Meaning Of Modern And Ancient Symbols

Learn how to decipher the meaning of modern and ancient symbols, the mechanics of good symbol design, and how to go about setting up your own symbology practice, including guidance on the client sessions you can provide and how to grow your practice.

By taking the Symbology Course you’ll learn to become more perceptive of the symbols and codes that are all around us in our day-to-day lives, including how symbology can be found in body language, and how to uncover the messages behind them. This knowledge and wisdom is passed on through exploring how and why symbols have been used throughout history, the hidden meanings behind numbers and codes, and the meanings of common shapes that make up symbols and how differing combinations affect meaning.

The course examines the meaning of animal symbols and why animals are chosen to represent countries. The meaning of various flowers and how different colour combinations symbolise different things is also explained, along with why countries choose to be represented by certain flowers.

You’ll learn how current symbols are used and become widely-recognised, and the ways in which ancient symbols are incorporated into modern life, in buildings and bank notes. You’ll also see how symbols have a lifespan, with some that are used for a very short duration, while others reappear, sometimes with a different meaning.

The shapes, styles, and colours of symbols have great meaning that can change depending on your location, beliefs, and culture. The effects of these are discussed in the course, along with the symbols associated with various celebrations, events, and festivals across the globe.

Along with imbuing you with a greater knowledge of the subject, the course also explains how you can use this information to create your own symbology practice and the types of consultations and session work you can provide to clients. The course also runs through the practical aspects of building a business, such as the legal and insurance considerations, and what you need to set up your work and consultation space.

To give a greater understanding of the work of a Symbology Practitioner and what a good consultation looks like, you will be guided, step-by-step, through a real symbology session and an average day of someone working within the role.

You’ll explore methods of providing your services, the type of work opportunities available to a modern-day symbologist, how to grow your symbology practice, and how to gain and retain clients.

Who will benefit from the course?

The Symbology Course will be of interest to anyone who would like to understand the symbols that we find all around us, and would like to be able to uncover their meanings. Those who are fascinated by cryptology and graphic designers/illustrators looking for inspiration for their work, especially in logo design, will also benefit from taking this course.

Following the successful completion of this course, you will be able to go on to become a Symbologist/Symbology Practitioner and the course itself guides you through the process of setting up your own business and the types of work that you can offer to your clients.

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  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
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Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of your course assessment, you will receive 3 certificates. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course, a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course and a certificate of completion.

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Graphic Design Bundle, 2 Courses includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate In Graphic Design Online Course

Module 1 – History of Modern Graphics and Industrial Design

  • Part 1: History of Graphic Design
  • Part 2: Key Moments in Modern Design History
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 - Theory & Elements of Graphic Design

  • Part 1: Rudiments & Theory of Graphic design
  • Part 2: Elements of Design
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Sketching & Drawing

  • Part 1: Sketching & Drawing
  • Part 2: Drawing Basics: Simplifying Shape and Form
  • Part 3: The Role of Sketching/ Drawing in the Design Process
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Calligraphy & Typography

  • Part 1: Calligraphy & Typography
  • Part 2: Typography
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Basics of Design

  • Part 1: Basics of Design
  • Part 2: Graphic Design Principles
  • Part 3: Graphic Design Composition
  • Part 4: An In-depth Look at the Elements of Graphic Design
  • Part 5: Why Graphic Design?
  • Part 6: Difference between Print and Web Design
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Introduction to the Computer/ Modern vs. Traditional Design Tools

  • Part 1: What is a Computer?
  • Part 2: Classification of Computers
  • Part 3: Software: Telling the Machine What to Do
  • Part 4: Traditional VS Modern Graphic Design Tools
  • Part 5: 14 Modern Graphic Designing Tools That Every Designer Must Know
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Problem Solving In Graphic Design, Image Editing and Conceptualization

  • Part 1: 10 Steps to Problem Solving
  • Part 2: Image Editing
  • Part 3: Conceptualisation
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Freelance versus Paid Employment/ How to Start Your Graphic Design Business

  • Part 1: Understanding the Basics of the Graphic Design Business
  • Part 2: Freelancing Vs. Paid Employment
  • Part 3: The First Step to Becoming a Design Entrepreneur
  • Part 4: Creating an Identity
  • Part 5: Office Location
  • Part 6: Marketing Your Company
  • Part 7: Creating Your Marketing Plan
  • Part 8: Online Marketing
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: How to Create a Portfolio

  • Part 1: Your Portfolio
  • Part 2: Your Capabilities Kit
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Pricing Your Work

  • Part 1: Pricing
  • Part 2: Quick Methods for Selecting Your Fees
  • Part 3: Value Factor
  • Module 10 Assessment

Course 2 - Certificate In Symbology Online Course

Module 1: How to Spot Symbols and Types of Codes

  • Part 1: Symbol and Signs
  • Part 2: Landscapes
  • Part 3: Spotting Codes
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Cultural History of Symbols

  • Part 1: Cave Paintings
  • Part 2: Body Language
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Basic Symbol Shapes and Their Meaning

  • Part 1: Planes of Existence
  • Part 2: Dot, Line & Circle
  • Part 3: Ovals, Arcs & Spirals
  • Part 4: Types of shapes
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Imagery in Symbols and How Sound and Music Connect

  • Part 1: Advanced Shape Symbols
  • Part 2: Items as Symbols
  • Part 3: The Elements
  • Part 4: Religious and Belief Symbols
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Animal and Nature Symbology

  • Part 1: Animal Symbols
  • Part 2: Reptiles, Insects & Arachnids
  • Part 3: Birds, Mammal Symbols & Mythical Creatures
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Ancient World Signs, Symbols and their Meanings

  • Part 1: Ancient World Symbology
  • Part 2: Celtic Symbols
  • Part 3: Tree Symbology
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: 20th Century Signs and Symbols

  • Part 1: War Symbols & Flags of the World
  • Part 2: Tourism Symbols, Sigils & Led Zeppelin
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Modern Symbols and Animal Power Symbols

  • Part 1: Bank Notes & Power Symbols of a Country
  • Part 2: Currency Symbols & Computer Symbols
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Your Symbology Practice and Work Opportunities

  • Part 1: Setting up a Symbology Practice
  • Part 2: Your Workspace
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Stylised Colour Use and Year Symbols

  • Part 1: Symbol Shapes Matter
  • Part 2: Symbols of Celebrations in the Year
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: The Symbology of Flowers

  • Part 1: Flowers as Symbols
  • Part 2: Flowers
  • Module 11 Assessment

Module 12: Growing Your Symbology Practice with Design

  • Part 1: Growing Your Symbology Practice
  • Part 2: What to Offer your Clients
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13: Client Work, Activities for Symbol Sessions

  • Part 1: Symbol Activities
  • Part 2: Couples Symbols Work
  • Module 13 Assessment

Module 14: Your Symbology Business, Dream Symbols

  • Part 1: Designing Symbols for a Living
  • Part 2: Dream Symbols
  • Module 14 Assessment

Module 15: Example Symbology Client Sessions

  • Part 1: Client Sessions
  • Part 2: Session 3: Group work – Embracing Symbols
  • Module 15 Assessment

Module 16: Recap of What You Need to Know

  • Part 1: A Day in the Life of a Symbology Practitioner
  • Part 2: Where Symbols are Used
  • Module 16 Assessment

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 012CE1152CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime access to course material
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 150 Hours Per Course
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate