Design Using Canva

Design Using Canva

  Have you ever wanted to create visual content for your social media platforms or create an eye-catching adverts but don’t know where to start? This session will explore the capabilities of the award winning desktop & mobile app ‘Canva’ which shot to stardom a few years ago. It’s success is largely down to ease of use and thousands of editable templates which can be fully customised. It’s a free app but bear to mind it needs Internet access to use it.   Canva works using drop-and-drag technology, which makes it very intuitive and quick to edit.  It is used by educators, managers, charities, small business owners, social media account managers, presenters, job seekers, bloggers, online course creators, to name just a few.   It also offers a free design school offering advice on colour theory, font pairing, branding, page layout and hierarchy, using filters and much more for those users who wish to understand the fundamentals of good design.     Note this taster session requires no prior design knowledge. However good computer skills are necessary.        The Canva app does have ‘In-App’ purchases for some graphic elements and images. However these can be avoided without any aesthetic loss to your designs.  

Learning Outcomes

  By the end of the taster session you will have learnt the basics of:  How to use the search facility to look for appropriate templates. How to add/edit text, graphic elements to templates to create you own unique digital artwork. How to upload your own images or search the built-in royal free image database to add images to your artwork. For those learners who already have digital artwork, e.g. logos and images you will learn how to look up your brand colours (HEX codes) and fonts to create your own branding guide, which can then be used to brand all your artwork to a consistent look and feel should you wish to do so. Learn the correct file sizes for various Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Linked-in) as well your ‘featured image’ size for your blog posts.  

Your Tutor

Caroline Duffy Caroline Duffy is formally trained in graphic design and has extensive industry experience working as a designer for a number of London agencies and their clients, including Balfour Beatty, UBS Bank, AstraZeneca, Novo Nordisk and GlaxoSmithKline. In Cambridge she has worked for Addenbrooke’s NHS Hospital / Rosie Hospital /ACT. For the past 10 years she has combined her professional practice with lecturing, specialising in the teaching of computer programmes and graphics including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. She has taught the Kingston University’s FdA Graphic Communications course; Cambridge Regional College’s Print Based Creative Media BTEC course, and has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education. She also runs a digital software training business.  


Tuition fees: £25.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £25.00


No. of sessions: 1

Day Date Times
Sat 12/05/2018 9:30-12:30

Your next step

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