Graphic Design Art Online Course (D3)

Tutored by Vanessa Weaver

The Graphic Design Art Course is a Diploma Course

Improve your creative skills and learn new design techniques with the Graphic Design Art Diploma course from London Art College. Whether you are a complete beginner, intermediate or have some experience in art and design, this engaging correspondence course will encourage you to achieve your artistic potential.

The Graphic Design Art Diploma course comes with a fully illustrated course book, along with practical exercises that focus on the fundamental elements of art and design.

The course covers:

  • A highly detailed guide to basic drawing techniques
  • Composition and layout skills
  • An introduction to graphic design, it's history and specialisms including:
  • Lettering and Typography
  • Logo Design
  • Packaging
  • Cartooning
  • Poster Design
  • Book Jacket and CD design
  • Advertising
  • Illustration

Students tackle realistic design briefs and are guided through the design process. There is a strong emphasis on generating a broad variety of ideas, before learning how to carefully refine them into successful design solutions. The course focuses on creating ideas using traditional drawing materials (pencil, pen and ink, paint, collage) and you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of media. Students will be guided towards progressing ideas on paper and can submit some finished design work completed on a computer if they wish. The course teaches the artistic side of graphic design and does not teach the use of computer software.

On completion of this Diploma course you will have a portfolio of coursework that demonstrates a wide range of skills and knowledge, which could then be applied to your personal art and design work, or perhaps to apply for further or higher education courses*.

Sign up today to start building your skills and expand your horizons with the Graphic Design Art Diploma course. Click on the link below to get started.

* Please note: Although we award our own London Art College Diploma, successful completion of this course does not carry academic credits. This is a vocational (skills improvement) course. To apply for further or higher education courses please contact your preferred educational institutions to ask for minimum entry requirements.

Work will be sent in at seven points in the course and between 2 and 5 pieces will be requested each time.

Student Artwork by Joseph Firman

Why do students choose Graphic Design Art Course?

Students who study on this course have a variety of aims:

  • 1. To improve drawing ability. The course offers a comprehensive guide to basic drawing techniques complemented by practical exercises.
  • 2. To learn about or improve in specific areas, including composition and layout, techniques with specific media (pen & ink, pencils, paints), and how to generate and develop suitable ideas towards successful design solutions.
  • 3. To learn how to design successfully and be able to apply that knowledge to personal work in the future, including designing using a computer. Students tackle realistic design briefs and are guided through the design process. They will gain experience of creating and developing successful design solutions that can then be applied to their own leaflets, posters, cards, and other personal work.
  • 4. To learn more about different aspects of art and design including drawing, colour, lettering, typography, poster design, book jackets/ CD design, illustration, packaging design, cartooning, advertising and logo design.
  • 5. To create a portfolio of work to apply for further or higher education courses.
  • 6. Please note that although we award our own London Art College Diploma with this course, it does not carry academic credits. This is a vocational (skills improvement ) course.

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room. Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Helana Mosses

Student Artwork by Helana Mosses

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Hana Tesar

Student Artwork (detail) by Hana Tesar

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies.This course is suitable for students with previous experience in drawing and painting.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Mandatory Subjects

Techniques: Skills developed

Use of the following types of media is
dependant upon which study units are selected.
Pen & ink
Coloured pencils
Felt pens/markers

History of graphic design
Lettering & typography
Communicating ideas
Materials & colours
Book jackets / CD's

Use of media
Basic drawing

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself. 

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Testimonials from students

Hello Vanessa, I've completed the course! It's been wonderful exploring different mark making techniques. I'm completely blown away and amazed that I can draw! I had such a low opinion of my skills (both artistic and graphic) but thanks to your syllabus and guidance I've been introduced to a whole side of myself that I didn't know existed. I'm already finding myself creating little doodles and sketches day to day, and my passion for creating artistic things is just snowballing! Thank you for your help on this course, I'll definitely recommend it to more people!


Dear Vanessa, Thank you so much for my assessment! As you can imagine I am absolutely delighted with my results and your kind comments! Yes, my aims at the start of the course are on the way to being met!! The course is not only challenging my drawing skills but also my brain - trying to think around the task. It is this aspect that I am really enjoying. The course is so varied. Once again thanks, Many best wishes.


I did find the last series of exercises challenging. I enjoyed doing it and with the completion of every piece, I feel more confident and excited about going further."

S.R. From Birmingham

Dear London Art college, Thank you for my diploma which I received. I enjoyed the course and I'm thankful for Vanessa's support. She encouraged me through all the units and always gave many great advices. I hope the quality of few images of my will be suitable for the college's website. I hope they will motivate some of the future students at London Art College. Thank you. Kind regards.

Adriana Terzievova

Develop your technical skill with the Graphic Design Art Diploma Course.

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