21) Graphic Design Fundamentals

An exploration of Graphic Design through the integration of typography and imagery from planning, conceptualization, and creation, through the management of content for a variety of projects.

Major themes include: contrast and fusion of graphic form, text/image collage, hierarchy, grid systems, extended layouts, and Printing Methods. The course provides practical experience in essential studio processes and procedures, critiques, and group discussion. No need for the participants to have a prior experience in Adobe creative suite programs, they will be supported for a one-on-one quick guide by the instructor as needed.

Class Outline

  1. History of Graphic Design / What is Graphic Design? / The value of Design Basics
  2. Elements of Design - Primary Shapes - Organic Shapes
  3. Point, Line & Area / Dynamic, Emphasis & Contrast with Design
  4. Textures
  5. Color Theory
  6. Color Value - Color Harmonies
  7. Principles of design - Group 1
  8. Principles of design - Group 2 / present and discuss all final projects

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

  • 1 sketchbook 35 x 50 cm  (paper weight= 240 g, textured surface is preferable )
  • 5 Basic Gouache colors ( Red, Blue, Green plus Black and White ) small tubes
  • 3 Calligraphic pens (1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 )
  • 3 Pencils ( 2B, 5B and 8B )
  • 3 Brushes ( Small, Medium and Large )
  • 1 template with circles
  • 1 Ruler ( 50cm )
  • 1 Eraser

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Wed, 27 Mar, 2019
Mon, 22 Apr, 2019
Wednesdays and Mondays
5:15pm – 7:15pm
VCUQatar, Room 213
QAR 1050


Nesma Magdy Khodier

is a researcher and multidisciplinary designer. She received her BFA in Graphic and Visual
communication at the University of Fine Arts in Alexandria and received her MFA in Design Studies at
Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, 2016

She has delved into various areas of Print, Advertising, Branding, Electronic Publishing & Marketing
through some national and international agencies. Now, As a visual communicator, graphic designer,
creative individual it is her job to understand, innovate and give back to her audience.
Therefore she educates her students to be capable of exploring diverse problem-solving methodologies,
integrates creative and intellectual thinking for all purposes of effective visual communication with
professional practices.