A great first term for NTU's Graphic Design students

Student's on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course designed this year's Christmas card for the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and have worked on a brief to create A2 posters which culminated in a fantastic final exhibition.

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Graphic Design student poster exhibition

Student's on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course designed this year's Christmas card for the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and have worked on a brief to create A2 posters which culminated in a fantastic final exhibition.

The card features twenty stamp size pieces of work by twenty different students from across all years of the programme, and was sent out to the CSD's international members. This was a great opportunity for students to work on a live brief with a quick turnaround, and for their work to be seen by a wide creative audience.

The NTU BA (Hons) Graphic Design course is accredited by the Society within the CSD Endorsement Programme, an initiative which bridges the gap From Learning to Earning by recognising vocational, academic and professional design education that is fit for purpose in today's design sector.

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CSD Christmas card designed by students

One of the benefits is the involvement of practitioners in setting briefs for the students that develop their understanding of professional design. All of the students were given a brief to design a stamp/seal that expressed what Christmas meant to them.

One day was allocated to deliver a design and the students then had to collectively choose the 20 designs to be used on the card. In this exercise the students gained an understanding of deadlines, presentations, collaborative working and Intellectual Property.

Alongside this, Year 1 Graphic Design students have also worked on a brief combining the two areas of focus from their first term at NTU – creativity and design. The brief was to combine type and imagery in a dynamic yet unified way - a problem that designers face on a daily basis.

Using their skills in image making and typography, the students each produced an A2 poster that communicated a quotation they were given at the start of the project. After thoroughly investigating the quotes and understanding their meaning, the students created mind maps, collected imagery, created colour palettes and mood boards.

Following the development of these initial ideas, the students each created an A2 poster that visually communicated their quote. The project culminated in a fantastic exhibition of all the students' posters which celebrated their creativity and the completion of their first term at NTU. A selection of the student's posters can now be seen in the Waverley Gallery space.

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Kathryn Coates said: "These projects offer our students a great opportunity to showcase their work both within the University and to the wider creative community. The solutions to the briefs really demonstrate the diversity of ideas and approaches for which our students are renowned."

A great first term for NTU's Graphic Design students

Published on 11 February 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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