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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....

Top reviews

May 9, 2018

An ok course for beginners. A bit too basic for someone who has already had experience in design, but is great anyway cause it breaks things back down to the simplest parts to help you remember roots.

Aug 20, 2018

Very interesting, I liked the format. Easy to follow, nice excercises. It's actually good to cover the basics of design, even if you are not an absolute beginner, and especially if you are self taught

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By Clare D

Sep 16, 2016

A decent course, but flawed by student reviewers with subjective opinions.

By Ashley H

Feb 3, 2017

I learned some stuff and this was one of the easier courses I have taken.

By Regina M G

Nov 26, 2016

I was hoping they would taught me softwares in order to do my assignments

By Virginia L

Dec 31, 2015

Very helpful, I love it!

It would have been 5 stars if it had been longer.

By Iago J Á N

Feb 11, 2018

I love the way classes were teached and the content was smooth an clear.


May 15, 2020

it was ok. but very basic. It will be a great course for the biggeners

By idil

Feb 7, 2016

Assignments could be more fun and hard but the course was very good.

By Jordan G

Sep 11, 2020

This course did a good job at teaching the basics of graphic design

By Virginia E M

Mar 30, 2016

Good explanations and great tasks to accomplish. Really didactic.

By Kelly W

Aug 27, 2018

Good information, short videos and lots of exercises. Well done.

By Dhananjay B

Aug 6, 2021

This program is thorough and perfect starting point for novices.

By Vimal K

Jan 29, 2018

Good course to get knowledge about the basics of Graphic Design.

By Gaston B

Mar 2, 2017

Very well conceived and useful! A great intro to Graphic Design.

By Deleted A

Mar 26, 2020

Very interesting and useful, especially for a beginner like me.

By Boula N S

Feb 2, 2019

It is a great course to start your journey if being a designer.


May 11, 2020

Good! The explanations and the process was really interesting!

By Perla G

Jan 26, 2016

I learn a lot about graphic design and I'm eager to learn more

By komal

Jun 15, 2020

The course is a awesome start in graphic design.Give it a try

By Georgina P

Feb 23, 2016

IT's a nice introduction into the design world. I enjoyed it.

By nickelson a

Jan 3, 2016

The professor is great. That is the best part of this course.

By Matthew A

Nov 5, 2015

Great entry level course! Big thanks to Michael Worthington!

By Arshad S

Apr 30, 2017

Good for beginners. Do all assignments even if its optional.

By Nayari C

Sep 7, 2016


By Fizza P

Aug 24, 2020

I think it was little quick but its ok. I like this course.

By Julie C

Jul 13, 2020

lacked clarity at times but nice overview of graphic design