When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Stephen Hall
  • Course Code W21DPAA17A

What you will learn

The Morley Graphic Design Course is ideal for anyone who wishes to explore, refine and extend their graphic design knowledge and skills. Working on a series of real-world design projects, taught by industry professionals and using the very latest software; this course will quickly propel your skills to the next level! You will work on challenging tasks and briefs that are drawn from real life scenarios, encouraging you to think creatively and understand the principles of good design practice. You will learn basic drawing skills for generating ideas, creating original ideas on paper and translating them to the computer. Understand which software to use for a particular outcome and know when to use them in combination with other software programmes. Layout, artwork generation, branding strategies, advertising, promotion and packaging are all explored as ways that graphic communication design supports the commercial needs of clients. This is a thorough, exciting and challenging course.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of good graphic design practice
  • Design and produce a variety of solutions in response to assignments and briefs
  • Use a variety of analogue and digital processes, such as drawing, to achieve your communication design outcomes
  • Use Computer software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, to extend, resolve and refine design outcomes
  • Understand and apply printing knowledge to a high standard
  • Show your design work in an exhibition


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This course is delivered at Morley College, Waterloo Centre. Our affordable courses are taught by industry professionals in friendly, well-resourced classroom and studio environments. We are London's largest provider of courses for adults who come to study for fun, to develop new skills for professional development or to apply for Higher Education. You will learn in a comfortable well-resourced digital design studio with the latest software. Learn via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, assignments, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. The most up-to-date software is available. Manageable project work will be assigned between and during classes to help you progress and one-to-one tuition will be given to help develop your ideas and skills. The classes are informal and allow for question-and-answer sessions and technical advice and support, depending on your needs. You will receive regular assessment and feedback on your progress.?You will work as a whole class, in small break-out groups, in pairs and one-to-one with your tutor. Learners will be encouraged to use the class forum to share and support each other with project work between classes if required. All Morley College students receive a generous discount on Adobe CC Software (see information below) and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and more!

    Entry requirements

    Upon applying for this course, you will be invited to present examples of your work to the tutor, ideally in person but this can also be arranged via e mail or video conference if necessary. The tutor will want to know more about your existing skills and knowledge and will discuss your work and ideas with you. Please use the website to alert us of your interest and we shall arrange an appointment with you. A keen interest in the subject and the ability to attend the sessions regularly is key to your success. As part of the course you will be asked to read material, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    During the course we will visit locations and places outside of the college (museums for example). A reasonable level of fitness will be required for walking and drawing on site. The studio also contains Apple Macs for design work. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands. However this is not an essential requirement as these skills will be taught as part of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. You will be required to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about the Mac computers and the relevant Adobe software will be provided by the tutor. The course fee does not include printing and presentation costs. The course has elements of written work and the workload at different points of the year can be demanding. The structure of the course means that students will need to be self motivated to complete both set and self-initiated projects and therefore students will need to be actively designing and working on briefs between classes in order to fulfil the learning outcomes and get the best experience on course when working with others in small groups. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator on 0207 450 1934 or Learning Support on 0207 450 1835 before enrolling.

    What you need

    If you are learning software, it would be of benefit to possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a generous discount on Adobe CC Software. It would be helpful for you to have a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) mini-hard drive or access to a cloud storage service. This is for storage of media during the course, and of your work at the end. DISCOUNT ON ADOBE CC SOFTWARE If you are interested in getting a generous discount (a saving of 66%) on the whole suite of Adobe CC software packages please visit Adobe Creative Cloud for Students You will need to prove you are a student at Morley College London and the simplest way to do that is use your Morley e-mail address, which is your student number followed by @morley.ac.uk e.g. 12345678@morley.ac.uk Students who provide us with their personal e-mail address are sent details of their Morley e-mail address and how to access it. Please see here for useful information on systems requirements for running Adobe CC products System Requirements What else will I need? Group Learning Software
    • MS Teams (Easily downloadable as part of your free Office 365 account when you enrol) Hardware
    • A modern Mac or PC computer no older than 4 years, with a built-in camera (or plug-in webcam) microphone, and headphones (optional) Software
    • Adobe CC Software appropriate to the course (as a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software - see above)

    What you can do next

    After your course ends why not continue to build your skills? We offer a wide range of courses in Adobe Software at all levels, plus gain access to free software like Blender and Autodesk for 3D Modelling. Step into a new dimension with 3D Printing and Photogrammetry short courses New for 2021: Adobe Certified Professional courses in Visual Design and Video Design using Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and After Effects. The certificates are industry-recognised credentials that can prove helpful for your career and help you gain confidence in using the software at a professional level. As you advance you can join our Level 3 Course in Graphic Design, or for the full-time experience see our Access to HE Creative Digital Media course. We also offer a range of short courses at times to suit you. To display and promote your work, learn to build websites and blogs with WordPress – the world's most popular web design and content management platform. Please speak to your tutor, browse our website, or call the Digital Media, Film & Photography Department on 0207 450 1869 for more information. PROUD TO PRESENT! Visit the Morley Digital Blog - for News, Galleries, Events and Student Spotlights! A comprehensive site where you can read success stories and catch up on new course information, news and events. Morley Digital Blog Lastly head on over to browse and follow us on social media: Morley Digital Instagram and Morley Digital Facebook