Summer Course in Graphic Design in Branding


Program Description

The Summer Course in Graphic Design in Branding focusses on analyzing, comparing and creating visual identity strategies, resources, and methodologies to develop a corporate image, brand, events and products, exhibition spaces, social media, and digital media.

Visual identity design has evolved lately. Today’s brands are more dynamic, shifting, adaptive and evolutionary, which means they need a strategic approach and an efficient design.

The course encourages creativity and a new way of thinking, helping students to project and to design responsibly with a forward-looking mindset. Case studies and other project methodologies are used to aid the learning process, along with materials, tools, and technologies applied to graphic design and visual communication.


  • Providing an introduction to the different stages of design and visual communication projects geared towards visual identity systems.
  • Working with different representation techniques, making models (dummies), drawing up quotes and understanding how to manage, produce and implement a project.
  • Exploring new design criteria based on a case study and other project methodologies (visual design thinking) and analyzing the different ideas students come up with to solve the same problem within a specific project.
  • Learning about the materials, tools, strategies, techniques, and technology linked to Graphic Design and Visual Communication.
  • Developing creative concepts and the ability to think up aesthetically pleasing, functional and effective design and communication solutions for branding projects.
  • Building up the skills needed to present a good professional project.
  • Interpreting trends and keeping up with technological and innovative breakthroughs.


The course is based on case studies and other project methodologies such as Visual Design Thinking.

This summer course is essentially about observing, analyzing, comparing, creating and developing strategies, resources, and methodologies to design visual identity systems. Applicable to corporate identity, branding, wayfinding, event design, product design, exhibition displays, social media, and digital media.

It boosts creativity, fosters new design trends and trains the designers’ way of thinking (consciously), encouraging them to project and design responsibly with the present and future in mind.

Student Profile

This course is especially geared towards people who are interested in gaining insight into the main tools used in generating design and visual communication projects and learning the basic concepts used in the graphic design world and particularly in visual identity, branding and brand culture.

It also targets designers from other fields, graduates and undergraduates in fine arts, communication, photography, publishing, advertising or printing, and entrepreneurs seeking to broaden their knowledge of strategic graphic design. University students and graduates in Graphic Design and visual and interactive communication.

Some commands of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and/or Acrobat will be valued positively. Students will not be taught how to use these tools during classroom hours but will be asked to produce their projects using the software of their choice.


Eric Olivares

Graphic Designer. Degree in Illustration and MA in Digital Arts.

Eric has been awarded a prize in the 14th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw (Poland) along with other international prizes across America and Europe. His work is on display in museums and institutions such as the Museum of Design in Zurich (Switzerland), the Museum of Posters in Warsaw, the National Union of Graphic Designers in Paris (France), the Moravian Gallery in Brno (Czech Republic), the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition at Colorado State University (USA) and the Barcelona Design Museum (Spain). Eric delivers conferences and workshops at international congresses and events, such as the 22nd International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno 2006.

He was a member of the jury at the 2009 Taiwan International Design Competition, the 11th International Poster Biennale in Mexico 2010, the International Poster Biennale in Bolivia (BICeBé) 2015, the Italian Poster Biennial 2015 and the 12th Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial in 2017. Eric is the author of the book “Dibujo para Diseñadores Gráficos” (Drawing for Graphic Designers – Parramón Edition), as well as having published several articles and collaborated with journals and specialized books from around the world. He is also a member of the Spanish typography association known as “Lletraferits”.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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