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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 Julliette G

Jan 29, 2021

a bit boring? even though graphic design is really not? and had to play it 1.50 speed too!

By Deleted A

Dec 30, 2020

not find that course that much beneficial that i think before enroll

By Priscila A d S

Jan 15, 2019

Não gostei muito que meus exercícios são avaliados por colegas.

By Azeem A

Jan 12, 2016

I joined to learn outstanding experience but ... disappointed

By Angie F

Oct 22, 2021

Seemed kind of old, like from the early 10's

By Fateh p s b

Nov 7, 2020

didnt really learn anything new

By Daniil K

Jan 25, 2016

Too simple and boring

By Srinidhi.R

Jan 25, 2022


By Hope W

Feb 18, 2021

dreadful, California State of the Arts say this course is free if you go through the link they have on the site. But after completing the first assignment and trying to upload, you are faced with a forced "week free trial" to continue - on the 4 week course. Meaning after a week you will incur fees. VERY SNEAKY, as you do all the work and try to upload but you cannot hand it in until you sign up. I am not doing it on principle. No mention of this upon signing up. VERY DISSAPOINTED.

By Jordan P

Jul 7, 2017

This course has nothing to do with graphic design. It mentions that you'll have a wonderful portfolio after the course but every assignment I completed was not worth putting into a portfolio. This deals more with the ABSOLUTE basics and fundamentals of art, not graphic design. It felt like this class was what you learn the first day of an art class. You won't use illustrator or anything so no need to purchase it.

By Michel V L

Nov 9, 2020

I was looking for a way to unsubscribe, but that seems impossible. Unfortunately, there is no option to contact Coursera, either. I hope somebody reads this to help me unsubscribe from this course, because when I enrolled, it wasn't clear to me, the language would be Chinese, which I don't speak.

By Adriel L

Jun 21, 2022

It is a good course overall -- I thoroughly enjoy it. But, the peer-graded assignments are terrible: art is subjective, and if most of the requirements are met, please do not condemn one's assignments to the bowels of hell. Sheesh.

By Sanne B

May 21, 2019

Just plain boring. In every 10 min video, only 1 min was useful information. Also, I wanted to learn graphic design, not crafting, am no Martha Stewart.

By Егор С

Aug 17, 2021

Зачем помечать это под русским языком, чтобы потом все это было на английском, без какого-либо перевода ?

By Heather L

May 24, 2020

Not what I expected at all. Coursera will not refund. Not good at all. $50 down the drain :/

By Rema F

Jan 17, 2022

Did not teach graphic designing like using Adobe illustrator, or other tools

By Elizabeth D

Jul 22, 2021

Would give zero starts if I could. So incredibly boring- I learned nothing.

By Hala A

Feb 11, 2021

I'm sorry but this course is too boring and has no valuable information.

By Maura P

Dec 31, 2021

I don't want to enroll, get me out

By Juliana M

Nov 10, 2020

I want to cancel this class

By Vitor F M F

Jan 15, 2018

Don't take this course!

By Santosh K

Sep 22, 2020

no option to un enroll

By Khushi S L

May 14, 2020


By Asfandyar M

Feb 26, 2019

Not what I expected

By Deleted A

Nov 11, 2020

غير عملية