Interactive Design for Digital Media with Adobe Creative Suite - Online course

About the course

In this interactive short course, you will gain working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite packages to spark your creativity and motivate you to create professional designs using industry standard software, in particular, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.
Our 4-day course will provide hands-on step-by-step instruction guiding you through these well-known applications. You will learn valuable skills and tools turning your imagination to reality.

Whilst you explore and unlock your creativity you will learn the fundamental differences of these packages, appropriate uses or which application is best suited for particular tasks, as well as how they work together and complement each other to give you the best results. This short course will also stimulate your interest for further exploration of Adobe Creative Suite applications.

Day One - Illustrator

The session will cover: Introduction to tools and interface, create and edit simple artwork and designs (individual brand identity). Interactive discussion about: What is brand? What are the elements that make the brand? What is the logo's role in the brand?

  • Identify project requirements
  • Establish target audience and needs
  • Define media format and publishing requirements
  • Learning about the tools
  • Drawing and creating shapes
  • Design tips and tricks using Adobe Illustrator
  • Integration of Illustrator with the rest of Creative Suite
  • Save illustrations for both print and web purposes
  • Optimise artwork for print and web
  • The root of drawing in Illustrator
  • Create a logo using simple shapes
  • Package assets

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents
  • Add and delete Art boards


  • Create shapes
  • Create a heart, mushroom, silhouette, clouds,
  • From sketch (hand drawn ideas) to vector
  • Design a logo

Day Two - Photoshop

The session will cover: Introduction to the basics of image editing and design - image resizing, resolution, colour correction, using type and colours, and basic image editing techniques. Interactive discussion on using images, sourcing appropriate images, using images appropriately (what kind of image to use for different design situations).

  • Interface environment and tools
  • Cropping and rotating
  • Tools
  • Layers
  • Text & typography
  • Colour adjustment
  • Filters
  • Colours, painting & basic retouching
  • Colour modes
  • Image resizing & resolution
  • Saving files
  • Packaging assets

User interface

  • Identify user interface elements
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Navigate and zoom documents
  • Add and delete Art boards


  • Textures
  • Create abstract banner/background
  • Use smart objects (why use them and how to edit them)

Day Three - InDesign

The session will cover: Introduction to the basics of tools and the software interface, create a range of different documents (business cards, cv, etc.), page-layouts, combining text, images and graphics into professional document designs.

  • Interface environment and tools
  • Text & Typography & Styles
  • Graphics & Images
  • Tools
  • Multi-section documents
  • Styles
  • Image and text frames
  • Layout, grids, guides
  • Setting up documents (Bleeds/Slugs)
  • Save and Export PDFs
  • Preparing files for printer's
  • Packaging assets

User interface

  • Setting InDesign Preferences
  • Create and select Workspaces
  • Layers
  • Add and delete Pages


  • Exploring and creating simple layouts
  • Using Type
  • Create cv
  • Create business card
  • Create presentations (for business/ clients/ proposals etc.)

Day Four - Linking Learn and incorporating all the tools and skills:

  • Interactive discussion (exploring your individual business or entrepreneurial design needs)
  • Re-cap (of the 3 days)
  • Questions
  • Putting all the skills learned together to prepare cv, business cards, letterheads and introductory level marketing material


  • Morning: CV, Business card/letterhead
  • Afternoon: Marketing material.

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 newsletter and poster

This course is for those with a keen interest in creativity and designing for digital media.

Course expert

Rea de Matas

Course dates

This course runs on a Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00 on the following dates:

  • 11 June to 02 July 2022

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 complete our short course enquiry form. 

Online access

All our online courses are taught remotely using Zoom. The classes will be delivered live giving all students the opportunity to fully engage in the lessons with the tutor and other students.

You will need a pc or mac laptop.

Log in details to join the course online will be provided after enrolment.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course.  This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and applicants will be informed and where relevant offered an alternative class.

We, therefore, encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses are to be made online through the universities online booking system before a course commences. Students are therefore not permitted to enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts without prior arrangement.


Refunds for cancellation of places on the course shall not be made during the 14-day period immediately preceding the date on which the course commences. Find further details of cancellation terms here.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
11/06/202202/07/2022Saturdays 10:00 - 16:00£290.00Apply online