Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijke Academie van Antwerpen
Graphic software 137267/3298/2425/1/65
Study guide

Graphic software 1

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, programme stage 1
    • Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
    • Graphic Design
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Segers Michael
Other teaching staff: Beck Janna
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2024 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 90,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

BA2 - The student has the necessary knowledge, skills and insights regarding material, form, action, concepts, function and contents of the chosen medi
The student knows how the computer funcations and is able to use the specific terminology.
The student knows the control software and the possibilities of the available application software.
The student has practical knowledge of the most recent and common software for graphics applications such as vector drawing, pixelbased image manipulation, animation, and image formatting.
The student understands the principles of moving image and can develop a virtual animation of a few seconds with sound.
The student can develop autonomously conceptually simple digital assignments.
BA3 - The student knows about and understands the social, cultural, artistic, historical and international context of the visual arts and artistic praxis, and continues to develop this knowledge and understanding.
The student can situate the digital media within the historical, scientific and artistic context.

Course content

The theoretical course gives, in addition to a summary of the technical and theoretical operation of a computer, an overview of the digital developments.The importance of visualization and the growth of digital imaging since the 80ths of last century are shown trough examples and related to developments in mathematics, science and art. Besides of the theoretical approach three basic programs are thought with imposed exercises that guide the student through the programs: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.In addition to the imposed exercises free classroom assignments where the artistic insights and choices are evaluated.The content of the course is to broaden the knowledge and understanding and to encourage artistic experiment to deal with available software.

Study material (text): Mandatory

imposed didactic exercises
free artistic exercises

Within the framework of this course unit, various graphic design instruments and production methods are used. In particular, you will need a laptop with a good display, good processor units and sufficient random access memory and disk space to use current graphics software. The educational environment itself mainly uses Apple computers and can provide additional computing power for design processes that require it. You do not need to purchase a personal laptop prior to class: information about this purchase will be made available at the start of the academic year.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Lectures and / or tutorials60,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

Continuous assessment of practical knowledge.

Artistic evaluation of free exercises

Semester 1: Written exam on theoretical and practical knowledge, complemented by practical test + handing in exercises and assignments

Semester 2: practical test + handing in exercises and assignments

2nd examination period: Written examination on theory and practical knowledge, complemented by practical test + handing in exercises and assignments