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About the Course

Graphic Design is all around us! Words and pictures—the building blocks of graphic design—are the elements that carry the majority of the content in both the digital world and the printed world. As graphic design becomes more visible and prevalent in our lives, graphic design as a practice becomes more important in our culture. Through visual examples, this course will teach you the fundamental principles of graphic design: imagemaking, typography, composition, working with color and shape... foundational skills that are common in all areas of graphic design practice. I don't just want you to watch a video of someone talking about design, I want you to MAKE design! If you want to be a designer you have to be a maker and a communicator, so this course will offer you lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty with exercises and with more practical projects. At the end of this course you will have learned how to explore and investigate visual representation through a range of image-making techniques; understand basic principles of working with shape, color and pattern; been exposed to the language and skills of typography; and understand and have applied the principles of composition and visual contrast. If you complete the course, along with its optional (but highly recommended) briefs, you will have a core set of graphic design skills that you can apply to your own projects, or to more deeply investigate a specialized area of graphic design. To succeed in this course you will need access to a computer. You can complete this course without one but it will be tougher. Access to, and a beginner's level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign will help you, especially if you want to complete the optional briefs....

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Jul 13, 2020

Excellent course to learn and refresh about fundamentals of design....It applies to all spheres of MULTIMEDIA..Highly recommended... As a suggestion course and notes should be available in PDF format.


Sep 5, 2021

I had a lot of fun in this course. I learnt some extra bits of information related to graphic design and I think it's a great start for beginners as well as good practice for intermediate and experts!

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By Ahmed F e

Sep 29, 2018

this course very good

By Barbara K

Apr 9, 2017

Very helpful. Amazing.

By Adrián S P

Feb 8, 2016

Very inspiring course.

By Ali G M

Apr 5, 2022

it was usefull lesson

By Nancy R

Mar 30, 2022

I​ loved this program

By Jeyanthi K

Aug 29, 2021

absolutely wonderfull

By Thangaraju D

Jun 13, 2021

learned a lot....nice


Mar 16, 2021

very very good course

By Yecenia G A

Sep 15, 2020

Muy buenas Las Clase.

By Sitora T

Aug 29, 2020

Мне очень понравилось

By Rabia K

Jul 8, 2020

Very nicely delivered

By Muhammad T S

Apr 16, 2020

Very Very ..... Great

By Vitor H B d S

Dec 10, 2019

Simplesmente Incrível

By Mahmoud N

Oct 1, 2018

i really learned alot

By Aram K

Dec 18, 2017

Very good and useful.

By 胡乐昕

May 7, 2017

纯理科生,学这门课程 也是想开拓自己的思维

By Олена Л

Apr 24, 2017

Excellent! Thank you.

By Aleksandra W

Apr 2, 2016

Splendid inspiration!

By Ekpe S

Mar 12, 2016

I enjoyed this course

By Victor R d S

Feb 24, 2016

Exactly what I needed

By Michelle B

Jan 22, 2022

thoroughly enjoyable

By Sana K

Jan 6, 2022

Wonderful experience

By Komal S

Dec 5, 2021

It was a good course

By Enas M A M

Dec 14, 2020

i like this course

By marco f g r

Nov 2, 2020

Gracias, muy chevere