Graphic Design (Illustration) Module Details

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First year

Graphic Studies: Context and Communication

develops your practical understanding of the basic graphic language tools, principles, theories and practices of the graphic communication design process; including elements such as composition, colour, typography and image.

Image Making for Illustration 1

aims to demonstrate the importance of visual research, recording and observational skills. You will develop your own voice and gain a practical understanding of the basic visual language tools, principles, theories and practices of the visual communication design process. 

Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 1

examines the use of digital methods of illustration in the graphic design industry. You will study how traditional tools and methods for layout, typesetting, image manipulation and pre-press have been transferred to the computer and enhanced by continuous development of hardware and software.

Second year

Integrated Graphic Studies

allows you to test, apply and articulate the concepts and theories learned in earlier modules, in order to explore and develop your own creative pathway.

Image Making for Illustration 2

builds upon the skills that you developed in Image Making for Illustration 1. You will consider a complex range of visual communication problems and learn how to give your visual messages a personality which will help them be received with maximum impact and understanding.

Media and Communication Technology for Graphic Design 2

builds upon the digital elements that you studied in Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 1. You will have the opportunity to engage in further study and develop professional computing skills in the use of dedicated design software.

Third year

Major Negotiated Pathway Project

allows you to develop your personal creativity by testing, applying and articulating the concepts and theories learned throughout the course. You will work on a design process that reflects external professional practice, from briefing to delivery, following a graphic design, illustration or photography pathway. 

Creative Competition Project

provides you with a unique opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the creative process in national and international design competitions and deal with real world design situations.

Applied Professional Practice Studies

introduces you to the basic knowledge and skills needed to understand graphic design and illustration professional practice. This includes knowledge of the commercial aspects of design practice.

 
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