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Graphic Design Foundation course

The graphic design field is trend, news, and movement-based. Everything that happens today influences how tomorrow will look in the world of visual communication and graphic design.

To be a part of this industry, you need to be curious, active, and creative – basically, you need not only think out of the box but also be out of the box.

A task from Core level – Visual Concept & Identity lesson – mood board (theme edgy, indie, fun)

The world of visual communication and graphic design is just like a jungle. 

Based on Wikipedia (Jungle – Wikipedia), the history of the jungle…

“The jungle is the richest habitat on Earth. Over the intervals of time, different parts of tropical areas have provided a variety of flora and fauna, together with newer species discovered annually. “

In the same way, we can refer to visual communication and graphic design as the richest design field. For centuries, it has provided a wide variety of materials, guided and influenced society, and shaped our daily life. 

Cave paintings, pictographs, alphabet, books, printing press, calligraphy, photography, constructivism, modernism, and computers.

These all are parts of the history of graphic design and visual communication, which hasn’t stopped. This industry is growing and is one of the essential parts of the design world because it is needed in every other design field. 

A task from Core level – Visual Concept & Identity lesson – mood board (theme conservative, disciplined, traditional)

Just like graphic designer Michael Bierut in his book (How to use graphic design…) points out that with the help of graphic design, you can achieve many things – sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and every once in a while change the world.

We are here for you if you are ready to explore and create in the jungle of graphic design and visual communication.

The Graphic Design Foundation course will help you to start your creative journey. This online course will teach you the fundamental skills and prepare your application for college or university.

Graphic Design Foundation Course — Scandinavian Design School

The course offers three study levels.

Introduction level

A task from Introduction level – Gouache & Acrylic techniques lesson – Self-portrait with strong shadows

The basic techniques and tools. Through six lessons, you will discover techniques like:

  • Photoshop / Photo editing & Correction
  • Photoshop / Digital Painting
  • Marker / Ink Drawing
  • Gouache & Acrylic Techniques
  • Colored pencil Drawing
  • And learn Composition, which will support everything that you have learned, and it will discuss how to:
    • compose the images by hand, direct the eye inside the drawing to capture the viewer’s attention, and present your idea.

Core level 

At this level, you will dive deeper into the field by learning about:

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual & concept identity
  • Logos & Icons
  • Color
  • Layout
A task from Core level – Logos & Icons lesson – Dynamic logo for The Beatles

As well, you will focus on separate parts of graphic design as:

  • Illustrator / Logo
  • Indesign / Layout
  • Light & Shadow
Dynamic logo for The Beatlesafter analyzing the Beatles’ visual style, I decided to create something minimalistic but fun that would reflect their personalities. I created a mood board, logo, and an album cover (in four styles)

These lessons will help you to learn more about the different areas of the field, such as visual communication, surface, packaging design, composition/layout, and color theory.

Applied level

This level will show you all the other aspects of the graphic design field with lessons of:

  • Photoshop/ Surface & Print
  • Surface design
  • Human shape
  • Concept in design
  • Perspective drawing

Also, at this level, you will be able to learn how to create a unique and outstanding portfolio during the Portfolio examples lesson.

A task from the Applied level – Human shape lesson – Emotional space

You can choose to study all of these levels or only one that would suit you the most. However, if there are still some extra lessons in which you are interested, you can find them in the Lesson library and add them to your studies.

Lesson library — Scandinavian Design School

Artist Salvador Dali said:

“No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.”

 Don’t be lazy; join the course and open the jungle of graphic design!

A solid foundation for your creative studies

In our courses, you’ll develop powerful artistic expression, learn about current design trends and improve your ideation skills. We are genuinely interested in your progress and help you find your own style. Get started with us today!

Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

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Be the early bird who gets the study place - design edition

Be the early bird who gets the study place - design edition

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Aalto BA in Design  – See works that got Elina in!

Aalto BA in Design – See works that got Elina in!

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