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Zine Making (short course)

Why study this course?

Graphic design can be an overwhelming world of rules and software. This course aims to demystify graphics and empower individuals by providing a strong foundation in graphic design theory, teamed with a pro-active, hands-on and DIY approach to making printed work.


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During the course you'll be introduced to the fundamental principles of graphic design as a foundation for understanding and producing printed matter to effectively communicate ideas. Bridging traditional graphic design theory with the spontaneous, playful spirit of DIY zine making, you'll learn to create self-initiated publications hands-on, from concept to print.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • interpret and critique printed graphic design
  • understand and implement the components of creating visual graphics
  • use Adobe InDesign to layout images and type
  • implement graphic design theory and technical practice to produce a zine of self-initiated or directed ideas

Your teacher on this short course is Rose Nordin.

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in graphic design, zine making or self-publishing.

Week one

  • You'll be introduced to the key components for reading and creating graphic design for print – type, colour and image, followed by layout, stock and print.
  • You'll see a presentation on zines as examples of how key graphic design components interplay to form published outcomes.
  • There will be a round table discussion with a library of zines – where the group are prompted to talk through the varied usage of the key components of graphic design within the zines.
  • An example of the type of zine that participants will be producing will be shown and explained with a brief handed out with the eventual output aim for the course.

Week two

  • You'll be introduced to Adobe InDesign – how to control type, colour and image within a provided template, using a selection content provided.
  • With an emphasis on immediacy, A4 folded zines will be printed from the InDesign introduction exercises and the outcomes will be discussed as a group.
  • The group is prompted to spend the week away selecting a theme and collecting content for the next zine making session.

Week three

  • Each participant is invited to present their chosen theme and display their content options. The group critique will be structured to reference the key components of graphic design for planning the layout of the zines.
  • For the second half of the session, each participant, equipped with notes from the discussion, will work on executing their ideas by laying out their zines on InDesign.

Week four

  • The layout of zines on Adobe InDesign will continue and result in printed final pieces.
  • The group comes together to discuss the final outcomes and several of each are printed to encourage swapping and sharing of final product.
  • A zine hand-out is gifted to all participants with zine making and graphic design resource lists.
Course dates Not currently available
Length One day a week for four sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11am to 2pm 
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 12

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

Materials are included in the course fees.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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