Graphic Design Online Course – State approved

Flexible. Certified. Made in Germany.

Study Graphic design online

 
Start date 1. Oktober 2019 (Note: Limited Number of Participants)
 
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Course duration 12 Modules, full flexible
 
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Full flexibility 100% online
• No attendance requirements.
• No on-campus examinations.
• No fixed learning times. You decide when you want to learn.
• You can pause the course at any time free of charge.
• You can also finish the course in a shorter time.

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Your safety Can be cancelled monthly.
• 14-day right to withdraw.
No hidden costs.

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Your benefit Lifelong access to learning content after completion.
(The OfG learning content is updated regularly.)

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Note The graphic design course is designed to be independent of specific software, and you can complete it using practically any graphics software. In other words, whether you complete an assignment using your own drawings or scanned graphics and Illustrator or Photoshop, for instance, or using another program like GIMP – that essentially makes no difference as far as we are concerned. The most important things for us are the visual conception, the creative aspects of implementation and the presentation.

   
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Time required approx. 8 - 10 hours per week (can be flexibly scheduled as required)
 
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Graduation Certified Graphic designer (OfG)
 

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State approved The Course is approved by the German national agency for distance learning (Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht, ZFU). This certifies that course content is complete, correct and appropriately presented to ensure that you can achieve your educational goal.
 
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Course fee 149 Euro per module
 
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Patrik Sneyd - Schulleiter und Geschäsführer der OfG

Patrik Sneyd

CEO & Principal
Certified Graphic designer

Patrik Sneyd is the founder and CEO of the OfG. He lives and works as art director and creative director in Karlsruhe. He studied fine arts in Stuttgart (FKS) and graphic design in Freiburg (FGS).

He has been CEO of the 'SNEYDesign' design studio since 1998. The studio specializes in graphic design, corporate design, Artworks and screen design.

He has been Managing Partner of Audiocation GmbH since 2008 and founded the OfG in 2010. Patrik Sneyd was also Art Director and deputy Editor in Chief of the print magazine music & pc.

The list of clients includes CEBit Sounds, Fachverlag Schiele & Schön, University of Bern (CH), University of Freiburg, Heinkel Process Technology GmbH, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt (Nürtingen-Geislingen University, HfWU)

His book project — The @ Book (the world's first book about the @-sign, featuring Luigi Colani) — has been downloaded thousands of times since 2006.

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Marie Steiert - Coach OfG

Marie Steiert

Art Director & Lecturer
Senior Graphic Designer / Freiburger Grafik Schule (FGS)

Since graduating Marie has worked for several design studios in Germany, Canada and the U.S. She now lives in Boston where she works as a senior graphic designer for the creative services agency Egg Design Partners.

Her work focuses on branding, concept development, interface design, and events. Clients include: Philips Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Cybex, EDC, Financial Times, Harvard University, Thermo Fisher Scientific and others.

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Carina Linnemann - Dozentin der OfG

Carina Linnemann

Art Director & Lecturer
Graduate Designer / University of applied sciences Düsseldorf

Awards
• 2011: ADC Award
• 2010: DDC Award Silver
• 2010: Red Dot Design Award
• 2009: BCP Silver
• 2009: Absolventa Stipendium

Three-year training as media designer for digital and print media, diploma in communication design / visual communication from the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. General and agency experience in New York, USA. Many years of professional experience gained in various agencies: kaune sudendorf, Cologne / JJC, NYC / known_sense, Cologne/ FGK branding agency, Düsseldorf / Liedler GSW worldwide, Cologne

During her agency work, she has worked for the following clients: ASS Spielekarten, Telekom, Wallraff Richartz Museum Cologne and many more.

As a freelancer, she has worked for IKEA, Lido Magazin and many other clients.

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Sara-Lena Göbel - Graphic design Lecturer OfG

Sara-Lena Göbel

Graphic designer & Lecturer
Graduate Designer / University of applied sciences Düsseldorf

Awards
• 2011: ADC Silver Award

Has been living and working in Düsseldorf since 2004. Studied at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, graduation thesis: 'Design Reportage Buenos Aires'. She was awarded the Art Director Club's Silver Award in 2011. She obtained further practical experience in New Zealand and Argentinia.
Since 2011, she has been doing freelance work as a communication designer in Düsseldorf.

Her work focuses on analysis and concept design, corporate design, corporate events and communication, editorial design, book design, web design, graphic design, campaign planning, development and implementation of holistic communication systems.

She has gained professional experience in various agencies, offices and publishing houses: Ogilvy and Mather, Havas Worldwide, Zora Identity and Interaction Design, Verlag Handelsblatt – Wirtschaftswoche, 21Media.

References: Base, Bofrost, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Esprit, edc, CentrO Oberhausen, FONA (Forschung für nachhaltige Entwicklungen (Research for Sustainable Development)), Jever, Nedap Retail, Radeberger, Rosenau – First Christmas, Stiftung Zollverein, Technikwelten, VDI (Association of German Engineers), VDIni-Club.

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Anita Gasser - Graphic design Lecturer OfG

Anita Hartmann

Art Director & Lecturer
Graduate Graphic Designer / Ravensburg University of Applied Sciences (SFG)

Anita Gasser lives and works near Lake Constance. Amongst other clients, she works for the Dumont-Verlag and for print magazines and clients such as Starbucks in Thailand. In 2000, she founded her first design and advertising agency: 'form 03' in Ravensburg. She was CEO of the agency and worked for it as Art Director.

Since 2005 she has been running her own design and advertising agency in Bad Waldsee, pxl design. The agency's main focus is on corporate and brand identity, website design, print and information presentation.

Her clients include medium-range companies and industrial clients.

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Jessica Jaschick

Jessica Jaschik

Graphic Designer, Visual Merchandiser & Lecturer
Graduate Graphic Designer / Ferdinand-von-Steinbeis-Schule Ulm
Ulm

Jessica Jaschik graduated from the School of Arts in Breslau/Polen (CREO), majoring in advertising and design and writing her thesis on the specialist field of artistic advertising. This was followed by a three-year course of study at the prestigious Ferdinand-von-Steinbeis-Schule in Ulm, from which she obtained a diploma as graphic designer.

She has worked for a number of advertising and design agencies (with clients such as Somfy and BMC). She has worked for Breuninger, the well-known fashion and lifestyle store in Stuttgart, as a graphic designer in the decoration and design planning department, and was responsible for the entire seasonal indoor/outdoor design.

Currently, she does graphical work as well as working for the international fashion concern Hennes und Mauritz (H&M) in the visual merchandising sector.

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Bruce Wurster - Dozent der OfG

Bruce Wurster

Art Director & Lecturer
Graduate Graphic Designer / Johannes Gutenberg Schule Stuttgart (JGS)

Bruce Wurster has been working as a freelance graphic designer for agencies and direct clients since graduating from the Johannes Gutenberg Schule in Stuttgart after a course of study lasting from 2001 to 2004. The main emphasis of his work is on the development and implementation of corporate design in print and web products as well as interface design for online applications.

Since 2010 he has been living and working in Cologne, where he has been executing projects in the areas of corporate design, application design, editorial design and book design for publishing houses.

His clients include: Viebranz Verlag, Dubidot, atelier522, MBDA, Wiener Stadthalle, Stage Entertainment, Linzgau Diakonie and many more.

The OfG has been successfully helping talented, creative participants to become media professionals since 2010. Thousands of alumni have already completed one or more state approved online courses and are now working across the world in business and industry, in advertising agencies, in publishing houses or in design studios.

Overview More and more companies see that paying attention to design is an important means of maintaining a competitive edge. Graphic designers pay a key role in this area. The task of a graphic designer and the aim of this course is to communicate visual language clearly and intelligibly .

The OfG course in graphic design is a state approved, extended vocational training distance learning course. This course opens up the spectrum of knowledge covering all relevant design and graphic design topics to participants in a comprehensive and understandable manner.

The Online School of Design offers a 12 module, state approved course of study in graphic design and communication design. The course of study is tailored to current professional requirements and oriented towards practical applications.

Basic skills and design-related applications are explained clearly and with an emphasis on practical work.

All course work is carefully tailored to the specific area of knowledge currently under investigation. To this end, we draw on the resources of a large pool of professional graphic designers, media designers and design agencies. This means that OfG students receive top quality practical material and valuable information at first hand from experienced specialists who are permanently in touch with the topic area concerned.

 
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Course content • Basic aspects of design
• Visual communication
• Theory of colour and colour systems
• Competence in producing and editing images
• Photography and image composition
• Typefaces and typography
• Microtypography
• Signs, pictograms and icons
• Layout and editorial design (magazines, brochures, flyers etc.)
• Magazine design
• Design grids
• Logo design, signets and brands
• Corporate identity / Corporate design
• Corporate accessories
• Marketing, advertisements and advertising
• Claims and slogans
• Advertisements and hoardings
• Screen and interface design
• Web page design and usability
• Design management
• Project planning
• Presentation
• History of design
• Interesting monthly assignments
• Final assignment

   
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Educational objectives • Competence in the field of graphic design
• Successful start in or continuation of professional work
• Capacity to implement ideas visually and creatively
• Innovative skills, ability to face competition

   
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Requirements • Creative enthusiasm, mental agility, passion for creating things
• Basic knowledge of a graphics program
   
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Suitable for • Beginners and advanced learners
• People who are already in work and who want to learn more
• People who are already in work and who want to reorientate themselves
• People with product responsibility in industry, service provision and trade
• Berufseinsteiger die eine Tätigkeit in der Kreativbranche suchen
• People entering the employment market who are looking for creative openings
• People who are interested in graphic design for personal reasons
• New and established media designers
• Internees and trainees in advertising and design agencies
• Arts and design students who would like to improve their skills
   
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You will need • a computer (PC/MAC) with internet access
• Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (from CS3) or comparable Software like Affinity, GIMP, QuarkXPress, Freehand etc.
   
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Educational Software for students Adobe Creative Cloud
Students and teachers, save over 60%. Adobe Creative Cloud can be ordered by all people taking part in OfG courses.
   
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Training Voucher (Bildungsgutschein) In order to help people get back into work, OfG works with the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Job Center) as an approved partner to train people in the areas of graphic and media design.

Please contact us for further information!

AZAV-No.: 383/157/2016

   
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Career options Graphic designer, graphic artist, media designer, communication designer, media designer, information designer, web designer, screen designer, interface designer, UX/UI designer, art director, creative director, marketing director
   
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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign I’m over the moon that my work was given a place on the Wall of Fame! The work was really fun — just like the course, because I can already say after two months of participation: I get a lot of inspiration, and the topics are prepared in an interesting way. The texts have an encouraging effect on me and provide for impulses; they invite you to develop your own opinion — think for yourself — develop further. Also — and I find that important in today’s media scene (as it just occurs to me in the third month with the topic of imaging): Your attention is directed towards the trigger effect of visual language/design, and your responsibility as a media designer becomes clear.

Sevira Patricia Landsberg, Troisdorf

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign I’ve already pointed out that I find the course content absolutely inspiring. What I also find very good in a way are the evaluations. I had to grin when they evaluated my ‘tortoise’ last month. They highlighted exactly those weak points that I had struggled with. That was yet another confirmation that the OfG courses are very professional. Solutions are always suggested and one knows exactly where one needs to put in some effort.

Incidentally, I’ve already recommended you to my brother. He’s now doing the second module of the web design course.

Caroline Kaiser, Luxembourg

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign I thoroughly liked the graphic design and print production courses! The OfG concept is generally good all round — well prepared theoretical sections, challenging monthly assignments, as well as the support and helpful feedback given by the tutors. Really great that there’s a way of getting further training online in the graphic / design segments as well, so one can broaden one’s horizons without the need to study in a particular place.

I’m mulling over the option of doing another OfG course ;) All the best!

Laura Seebacher, Austria

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign As a trained media designer with professional experience, I was able to refresh things I had forgotten and also learn new things. It was a useful experience to have one’s work assessed by professionals for a change. The evaluations were generally very satisfactory, and when it wasn’t all that brilliant, the explanations were acceptable. ;) There were very quick responses to questions.
I found the way the online training was structured very agreeable and the monthly assignments were varied and it was always possible to manage them.

Sabrina Kirchner, Stuttgart

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign Dear OfG team, I really like learning with the OfG. What I find best of all is that I am now beginning to analyse the images, placards, magazines and websites that I come across automatically. I’m now in the 6th month and perceive even more of my surroundings. I’m also slowly getting a feel for what is appropriate typography and what is not. A brilliant concept!

Merciana Helle, Friedrichsdorf

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign My online course with the OfG has already finished — it passes so quickly. Once again, heartfelt thanks. The content is extremely well structured and I’m sure that it will still be of help as reference material later on.

Jan Luley, Hauneck

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign The OfG online course really saved my bacon. After completing training as a technical design assistant, I wanted to do a three-year further training course in media design at first. I had neither the money no the time for that, but still I definitely wanted a higher-level qualification. The OfG course was just what I needed.

It suited me perfectly and filled in the gaps in my knowledge. Towards the end of the course, I applied to a few advertising agencies and before I knew it I had a contract. The exciting monthly assignments were also a means of broadening the scope of my portfolio, which helped in making applications. can make a special point of the excellent contact I had with the OfG. There was always a competent member of staff available who could answer my questions to my complete satisfaction. All the staff was always very friendly and willing to help. Really great!

Nora Grosche, Dresden

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign After more than three years of work experience I wanted to extend my knowledge and find some new creative impulses that I could feed into my work. As a result of doing some research I came across the OfG and fortunately I decided to apply. I’m now in the eleventh month of the course and I must say that so far it has been extremely enjoyable and it has given me new ideas that help me to make more progress in my job. Even though I am a trained media designer and have work experience, I’ve learned a great deal that was new to me and expanded my creative thinking. Over the past months I’ve tackled the tricky assignments with lots of enthusiasm. The constructive criticism has been a great help in that connection; it has helped me to look at things from another perspective and to use the impulses in the subsequent assignment.

A very positive aspect is the way I manage to cope with the course as well as my full time job that is often very stressful. The topics are very well organized and they are communicated intelligibly.

And when questions arise, one always receives a clear answer very quickly. Many thanks for this instructive year, best regards!

Kristina Albrecht, Appenweier

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign Although I had difficulty in coping with the content punctually at first, I am overjoyed at having been able to get that sorted out with your help. Your topics are very well prepared, as I would expect of a design school. Your monthly evaluations have helped greatly to sharpen my perception, given me the courage to keep going and strengthened my resolve to keep up my freelancing. Many thanks for this instructive time!

Karina Lauterbach, Berlin

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Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign Fernkurs The course was very informative and interesting, and each assignment was a challenge. For me personally, what I have learned is an excellent foundation for a career as graphic designer. The reading material in ‘My design studio’ is perfectly structured and it is put in such a way (e.g. humorously) that reading it and learning from it is really enjoyable. Great!

Even though it is highly professional and one doesn’t see each each other face to face, I still had the impression of being one of a team. It was neither too dry nor too impersonal. That’s certainly something that can’t be very easy for online schools to manage! COOL!

The monthly assignments were a great challenge. All you need is available to you, so that your creativity can take you anywhere! The assignments are very well structured and the information provided in the previous one is always helpful for tackling the next one better.

The feedback was always very helpful and encouraging, even when the evaluation result was relatively poor. It was easy to understand, so that one could really see what the mistakes were that one could bear in mind for the next time. So it was possible to improve one’s skills and make progress.

Altogether: Generally it was an excellent price-performance ratio and a brilliant course. A starting point for anyone who wants to work in this sector or for those who want to refresh their graphic design knowledge. I shall be glad to recommend this course to others and I am browsing for another OfG course, perhaps in the direction of photography ;-).

My heartfelt thanks go to the OfG team for the support, the friendly and quick feedback, for the help and the thorough and professional approach to this exciting subject.

Claudia Hintzen, Edemissen

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Kristin Weicht - Erfahrungsbericht OfG Online-Kurs Grafikdesign

The compact, well-structured and informative content of the graphic design course gives you exactly the right preparation to tackle the monthly assignments. The theoretical parts are ideally complemented by a wealth of practical examples. The range of topics covers the entire spectrum of basic challenges that can confront a graphic designer and provides the best possible preparation for course completion.

(Self-)organizational skills, ambition and discipline are encouraged. Your creativity is given free rein (within the time limitations). The course content is highlighted and made more interesting by the use of motivating, inspiring and relevant citations.

If you have any questions, the OfG team is always there to give competent and friendly advice. Just holding my certified graphic design certificate in my hands gives me a great sense of pride — the 12 months of the course just flew by.

Rating: highly recommendable (especially as part-time course).

Kristin Weicht, Oberursel / Germany

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