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Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Recognize ways to work with graphic designers and other creative professionals. 

  • Understand the history and design process of the graphic design profession.

  • Compare the concepts of balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast and space.

  • Discover the use of white space to develop shape, form, and structure in graphic projects.

Skills you will gain

Color Theoryonline designtextual elementsGraphic DesignPrint Design

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Beginner Level

n​one

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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University of Colorado Boulder

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

What is Graphic Design?

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 17 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Historical Overview of Graphic Design5m
What Do Graphic Designers Actually Do?4m
Design Process4m
2 readings
Course Expectations5m
Graphic Design Museums1h
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz1h
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Elements of Design

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 16 min)
5 videos
Balance and Alignment5m
Proximity and Space3m
Repetition and Consistency1m
Contrast and Color3m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz1h
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Basic Concepts of Design

4 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 8 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Online and Adobe Products Overview and Uses3m
2 readings
Graphic Design Associations and Magazines/Websites1h
Design Process Worksheet1h

About the Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers Specialization

In this hands-on specialization, you will explore basic graphic design elements, color theory, images, publication design and techniques for creating effective layouts. You will also learn about typography, the creative process, the importance of brainstorming, and how to discuss and critique design in a professional setting. Page layout software and online sites will be used to incorporate and manipulate text, color, photographs and images. If you are curious about the design process, work on a team with designers and need to speak some of their language, or want to empower the creatives on your team to be even better, this specialization is made for you....
Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers

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