Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a practical field focusing on creative problem solving using the principles of visual communication. The course is suited for those who want to work with interesting and diverse assignments within print, photography, illustration, web and motion design.

Vocational course

2 years (or 1 year)

Available online

Graphic Design

A visually innovative and sales-promoting field

New products that get launched continuously, or pre-existing ones that need a redesign of their visual identities to maintain their sales, defines today’s consumer market. This includes everything from food to clothing items, movies to music, household goods to computers, banking to transportation. They all compete for the consumer’s attention, and for any businesses to exist, it is important that their products or services are the consumers’ preferred choice. Graphic Design’s task is to promote, sell, inform and create awareness of a company and their products.

Designers "speak" visually on behalf of their clients, and have a responsibility to convey their personalities and visions effectively. Through creative design solutions and strategically developed messages, Graphic Design contributes to enhanced competitive advantages in the market. There are a few fields of industry that integrate multiple disciplines in their practice. The most effective and successful design solutions extract knowledge from marketing, psychology, arts, craft, history and communication. In the context where consumers experience technology as too complex or navigation in various transport systems as difficult, Graphic Design presents new methods for user-friendliness. Apart from being associated with creativity, the field is predominantly solution-oriented. A more playful and artistic side of Graphic Design however, strives to create memorable visual experiences, e.g. in the entertainment industry, commercial interiors contexts, the web or TV.

Graphic design is an industry that invites you to an everyday life that is more distinct than the other and each project more colourful and exciting than the previous. It is quite possible to become a good graphic designer during the study program, even without any prior knowledge. It is more important to have interest in the subject, good work ethics and an ambitious nature.

Learning outcomes

In todays society where all information is conveyed simultaneously through both printed material, Internet and broadcasting, there is a growing need for professionals with the skills to produce work for various media types. At Noroff, Graphic Design is explored through several disciplines; visual communication, illustration, advertising, photography, web design and motion design. After completing the course, you as a designer will have more diverse qualifications and therefore a greater range in terms of work opportunities. We aim to educate and encourage our students to becoming self-motivated and independent designers who can work well interdisciplinary.

The first year of the course provides practical understanding of the principles, methods and techniques in effective visual communication for print as well as screen. You receive in-depth training in design software and form a good understanding of the guidelines and standards that are expected in the industry. You unfold your skills visually and creatively with exciting assignments. The second year takes you further into the design profession and you work towards finding out who you are as a designer. What do you like to work with, do you have any talents you did not know about perhaps, or is there a particular style you should develop and make your own? You learn further how to link art, design and technology together to create new expressions that excites.

Course structure

During your study period, you will be challenged with real, practical and relevant projects that will give an idea of the industry expectations and the challenges that may face you as a professional designer. The best time to experiment with new ideas and finding your own style is during your studies. Several of the projects will allow you to work freely and explore with several creative techniques.

Choosing an effective method and creative approach is crucial to the end result of what you produce. The course focuses on the creative process of design, which starts with defining the brief, researching well before proceeding on with developing ideas, sketching and then finally completing the designed end product. It is a challenging and methodical process, but nothing is more satisfying than seeing your sketched ideas transforming into a finished, professionally sound design solution.

The classes are based on lectures, demonstrations and workshops with practical assignments. The semesters are divided into modules where you concentrate on one topic at a time and the submission of your assignments. Towards the end of each semester, students will have one week at their disposition to refine and represent their projects in a portfolio. Each semester rounds off with a more extensive study project that emphasizes on creative and strategic problem solving, production quality and presentation aimed towards a client.

First year

The course starts with a theoretical and practical introduction to the key elements in graphic design: workflow, creative methods, form, typography, layout, identity and branding. In the second semester we focus on concept development, printing techniques and packaging design.

This subject introduces students to the principles and methods of developing logo and corporate identity.

The subject gives an introduction to various photographic techniques, image processing and composition. The second semester focuses on portrait and studio photography. We work on storyboards, dramaturgy and lighting to achieve creative and artistic results.

The subject is taught in second semester, and builds on the principles of graphic design and introduces new topics such as information design, interaction- and responsive design for web, mobile phones and tablets.

The subject aims to provide students with an understanding of the technical standards in the industry, the ability to analyse, self-evaluate and complete projects.

Towards the end of both semesters, a more comprehensive project will introduce students to project management, client management, and development of visual communication with a defined target audience and a clear message.

Second Year

The subject focuses on both the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of the design process. We go in depth on graphic design history, typography and multi-paged layouts. Fourth semester focuses on illustration and information design.

The subject teaches students about branding and the development of strategic, visual identities. There is emphasis on the awareness of brands’ implications in a consumer society, and how a clear design program can provide value to organizations.

The subject provides insight into commercial photography and the projection of a message / idea through the medium. Third semester focuses on product and advertising photography in the studio, whereas the fourth semester focuses on on-location and outdoors photography.

The subject teaches the various principles and methods of graphic design in motion. We go through various animation principles, visual and technical standards. There will be given software training in Adobe After Effects.

The subject focuses on the design and development of dynamic web pages and other responsive designs with integrated design and marketable concepts. We also examine how consumers can be reached through viral marketing and social media.

The subject aims to provide students with an understanding of the technical standards in the industry, the ability to analyse, self-evaluate and complete projects.

Third semester ends with a larger project that focuses on finding the balance between innovative design, communication and functionality using creative approaches and solutions.

The course is finalized with a major project that allows them to choose and specialize in a specific area of interest. Alternatively, students have the opportunity to work as an intern at a relevant employer/company.

Career options

As a graphic designer, you will possess the knowledge and skills of branding, information design, web design and motion graphics. You can work in a design or advertising agency, at a printer or in the publication industry such as books or magazines, in the fashion industry, in film and television, with musicians, organizations in Arts and Culture, or as a freelancer.

Some of the tasks of a graphic designer includes designing logos and visual identities, brochures, advertisements and posters, magazines or book covers, product packaging, signs, trade fairs and exhibitions, websites, information design, film and television vignettes etc.

In larger corporations with their own information, communication or marketing departments, you can also work as a Marketing Coordinator or an Information Consultant. You can expect to be tasked with updating their company identity manual, designing various marketing materials, updating, managing and designing the information hierarchy of their websites, producing interactive advertisements or digital presentations.

As you increase your work experience, or top off your graphic design education with further studies, it is common to aim towards positions such as Art Direction for instance, with the responsibility of major client management and more extensive projects. Additionally, you can work as a Communications Consultant with consulting expertise in general graphic design, media options and information structures.

Further studies

With a diploma from Noroff, it is possible to apply directly into the third year of a Bachelor’s degree program at one of our international partners; Teesside University in England or Deakin University in Australia. Teesside University has for several years been on the top-5 list of the best Arts and Graphics faculties in England, while Deakin University has invested nearly 90 million to provide you the best facilities to develop and unfold your creativity.

An alternative for students seeking to build on their design skills and technical expertise in web design is our 1-year course in Internet Marketing. Internet Marketing focuses on the tools that can provide a company more value through increased visibility on the internet through advertisement networks, social media presence, and the company's own website. The program provides a solid platform in branding and "performance marketing", measurement and analysis of performance, and techniques for conducting engaging consumer dialogue online.

 

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Course information

Graphic Design 2 is a two year Vocational course. It is possibe to only sign up for one year by selecting Graphic Design 1.

Next startup:

March 14, 2017 online.
August 2017 on-campus.
Read more about semester start.

Campuses: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Online Studies
Duration: 2 years (It is possible to only sign up for one)
Price online: NOK 33.500,- per semester full time
NOK 16.750,- per semester part time
Price on-campus: NOK 55.750,- per semester.
NOK 1.500,- registration fee.
Approvals: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. Approved by NOKUT.
Credits: 120 ECVET

Admission requirements

Three-year upper secondary education or a vocational education certificate.

You may also apply for admission on the basis of prior learning, as described in our school regulations.

Read more about our admission requirements.

Lecturing staff

Nina Kjellingland

Nina Kjellingland

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Martins Macs

Martins Macs

Vocational teacher, Bergen
Morgan Kristensen

Morgan Kristensen

Vocational teacher, Kristiansand
Anne Olava Repstad Jensen

Anne Olava Repstad Jensen

Vocational teacher, Kristiansand
Jannicke Sætre

Jannicke Sætre

Vocational teacher, Oslo
Ketil Christiensen

Ketil Christiensen

Vocational teacher, Oslo
Roxanne Sayer

Roxanne Sayer

Vocational teacher, Online Studies
Bradford Lowry

Bradford Lowry

Vocational teacher, Stavanger
Christopher Jonassen

Christopher Jonassen

Vocational teacher, Stavanger
Goedele Teirlinck

Goedele Teirlinck

Vocational teacher, Stavanger

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