13~17 year olds - Graphic Design for Digital Media with Adobe Creative Suite Summer School

About the course

How do you Graphic Design?

This short course is designed for you to develop your design vocabulary, gain working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite packages including when, why and how to use them, provide insights into the process of developing ideas, solve design problems, motivate and inspire you towards Higher Education and create responsive design assets for digital and social media.

Course outline

Day One - Illustrator – Logos and Icons (create shapes and lines)

The first day covers the creation of vector artwork and exploring logo and icon design by creating shapes, tracing artwork, colouring and working with type.

Day Two - Photoshop – Preparing social media and poster design assets (manipulating images and working with colour)

The second day of the course covers creating image assets for backgrounds. Exploring how to enhance photography, how to create textures, alter colours and resize images.

Day Three - InDesign – Designing posters (creating multiple pages and layouts)

The third day covers InDesign essentials such as setting up your file in the correct dimensions, and includes layout techniques, and how to use appropriate typography and colour.

Day Four - Connecting Skills

The fourth day provides the opportunity to work on a brief (brief will be provided) in more detail. You will get to see how much you have learned and focus more on how you are using the tools to be creative. All artwork is then incorporated from the previous days into InDesign to create a set of posters and social media assets. (Printing and staple binding your poster set into a booklet).

Day Five - Continue Connecting and Linking Skills

The fifth day you will work on a social media design using the assets you created. You will also design additional assets for your social media pages. You will decide the look and feel of your social media collection and the kind of organisation you would like to attract and approach i.e. design studio consultancy, magazine, tv, radio, newspaper etc. with your designs.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, learners should have:

  • Confidence using the software
  • Knowledge of software tools
  • Knowledge of appropriate use for each individual software (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Knowledge of designing a poster
  • Knowledge of preparing assets for social media

Course dates

Monday 08 August to Friday 12 August 2022, 09:30-15:30

Course cost 


Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Where to find us

For directions of the campus site, please follow the link below where you can download a map of the College Lane Campus:


Drop Off/Collection

The drop off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this by our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb There is a strict 30-minute limit to free parking. If you are over this time, we suggest paying for a 1-hour car park ticket to avoid a fine from our external parking providers.

The Programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists and designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency Contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & Drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime. 

Materials to bring along

All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
08/08/202212/08/2022Monday to Friday 09:30 - 15:30£200.00Apply online