Thursday, August 16, 2018
Welcome to TICE Graphics

Graphic design is probably considered by many, to be used across most if not all creative sectors including; Fashion, Music, Illustration, digital online, websites, apps, motion graphics and more.

Graphics gold 2015Graphics are all around us, and to succeed within this sector can be very demanding. If you don’t stand out from the crowd, then you won’t get noticed. Graphic designers are known as problem solvers, the problem being that you visually communicate a service or a product to the world.

Graphic design is generally thought of as the creative process with the goal of expressing a message toward a targeted audience covering a range of diverse disciplines including: Branding (logo design etc) / Packaging design / Brochure design (literature / editorial) Signage / t-shirts / Exhibition design / Posters / Websites / app design and more.

The TICE programme introduces you to an understanding, hands on approach, to what it’s like to be a graphic designer by introducing you to the skill sets required. You will cover: The design process / Layout and balance (what simply looks best) / Idea generation (coming up with that big idea) / Software skills (industry standard, taking your idea from paper to screen) / Industry visits (experience how the industry works and talk to professional creative across a business) / Presentation techniques (present like a professional) / Work on live projects set by industry and more.

Graphics SilverThe programme offers 3 stages to it’s workshops; Insight (1 day) / Explore (2 days) / Create (3 days)

The Insight stage: This is an introduction into what graphic design actually is. Students will learn about the creative process, colour and composition and how to generate great ideas. Students are introduced to industry standard software and how to take their ideas come to life from paper to screen. Maths and English are key subjects and are used throughout the graphics programme, students use maths to generate and set up documents to specific sizes i.e. Packaging templates where measurements have to be precise. English is used to generate slogans, headlines, paragraphs and body copy. The outcome is a computer-generated poster.

The Explore stage: This is a two-day workshop, day 1 consists of industry visits, which could be a mixture of visits to: Graphic Design agencies, Advertising agencies and printing companies. Students get an opportunity to see how agencies and printing companies operate and produce the products we see everyday. Day 2 consists of a project set by one of the companies we visited previously. This will take place in a computer workshop where students are introduced to industry standard software, new skills and a build on from the Insight stage. We may also spend 2 days at a design / advertising agency where students are shown around, given the opportunity to chat to professional designers, directors and account handlers, experiencing how the creative industries operate.

Graphics musicThe Create stage: This is a three-day workshop; students get the option of working on LIVE project briefs set by industry professionals / companies. This may consist of a packaging project, branding (logo design), promotional materials i.e. posters, signage, livery, and web. Students are expected to work independently as tasks are set across the program weeks, they will deliver their findings, depending on the task, by way of presentation.

Students have to pitch their ideas to the mentor, tutors and professionals and give good reason why they chose that project and what is their big idea to take forward.

More advanced software skills are introduced to help students deliver a high standard of work at this stage as students become more confident and creative. All students will present their work at the TICE end of year show.