Basics in Graphics Design, 6 credits (TNGD41)

Grunder i grafisk design, 6 hp

Main field of study

Graphical Design and Communication


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Tomas Törnqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Camilla Forsell
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6KGDK Graphic Design and Communication, Bachelor's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 1 3 Swedish Norrköping o

Main field of study

Graphical Design and Communication

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Graphic Design and Communication, Bachelor's Programme

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide a foundation for theory and practise in visual design in general and graphic design in particular.
After completing the course, the students are expected to:

  • Know the basics of responsibilities and varying disciplines of design in contemporary society with a particular focus in graphic design
  • Know the basics of academic attitudes towards information search and processing, including referencing and plagiarism
  • Know the basics of visual perception in regards to graphic communication
  • Know and apply foundational principles of visual layout
  • Know and apply foundational principles of typography
  • Know and make use of graphic elements and principles in general
  • Know and apply foundational principles when selecting means of expression for communication with a particular purpose
  • Know and perform simple graphic design processes with communicative intent 

Course content

The theoretical and practical framework of the course comprises:

  • The roles and responsibilities of design in society: functions, value and sustainability
  • Information search and academic writing
  • Design thinking and contextuality
  • Visual perception in regards to graphic communication
  • Inclusive graphic design, basic usability and accessability
  • Graphic design aesthetics: elements and principles
  • Basic principles and concepts in typography and layout
  • Basic graphic design processes and techniques, sketching and visualization
  • Graphic environments and systems
  • Visual communication in regards to graphic design 

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, laborations, workshops, seminars and non-scheduled studies


LAB1Laboratory workU, G1 credits
UPG1Hand-in assignmentU, G3 credits
TEN1Written examU, 3, 4, 52 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses:
This course is foundational for later design courses within the GDK study programme


Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Camilla Forsell


Tomas Törnqvist

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 57 h
Recommended self-study hours: 103 h
There is no course literature available for this course.
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1 credits
UPG1 Hand-in assignment U, G 3 credits
TEN1 Written exam U, 3, 4, 5 2 credits

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