Students must be in penultimate year of high school (aged 16-17)
Evidence of English language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5
12 July 2021
20 June 2021 (Midnight - BST)
The Design Foundation course is open to students in the penultimate year of high school and interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree course in Design.
Submitting a portfolio is now an important part of most university applications for courses such as Animation, Graphic Design, and Illustration. This three-week online course offers students an opportunity to begin curating a personal portfolio around visual communication design.
The Pre-University: Design course is immersive and designed to emulate the everyday realities of attending a university design course through synchronous online learning. Students will be able to embrace the responsibility of creative freedom, gain an in-depth understanding of the creative practice and learn how to develop ideas into to practice.
The course will introduce students to
the design process and workflow
creative tools and techniques
development of individual communication and presentation skills
Tutorials and individualised feedback will guide students to identify their strengths and hone skills in their field of interest.
Students will be part of a series of creative skill-building seminars such as maintaining a sketchbook, contextual research, and documentation. Seminars will also introduce students to studio culture and group critique which are vital to any specialised design study at university.
Using Adobe Creative Cloud software, students will explore illustration and image-making, digital animation, and typography.
During the course, students will be expected to continue developing their assigned projects on their own time to share during group tutorials. By the end of the course, students will have a self-developed design portfolio which will offer them an opportunity to focus on their particular design interests.
Introduction to the Course and 'A Designer's Sketchbook'
Students will begin developing individual sketchbooks while considering visual style, materials, and process.
Illustration & Image Making
These seminars will introduce students to digital media and techniques to develop an illustration project. Students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator through practical hands-on demonstrations to learn pixel-based image creation.
The week is dedicated to learning the basic techniques and approaches to digital animation to develop creative ideas through the moving image. Students will learn the principles of animation and the workflow, how to use a layered Photoshop composition in After Effects, and work with digital animation tools to create the illusion of movement in a short sequence.
Working with Type & Image
An introduction to the importance of typography and lettering in effective visual communication and identity design.
Students will learn to document, edit, annotate and compose a digital design portfolio to visually present and communicate their creative skills and techniques.
Final Presentation + Feedback
Students will share the design projects developed during the course through individual presentations of a curated design portfolio.