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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.

Apr 17, 2016

very good introductory course. i enjoyed the assignments, they are not overwhelming, easy to start, and the optional ones offer great opportunity to dig little deeper into graphic design fundamentals.

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By Biju T V

Oct 7, 2021

very good course , every graphic designers should do this for more knowledge

By Angel F

May 10, 2021

Excelente curso, muy agradecido por tener la oportunidad de participar en él

By gulraiz a

Feb 15, 2021

i learned a lot, love the way michael worthington teaches. thankyou so much!


Sep 11, 2020

Excellent!!! I wanna learn more and more about this world of graphic design!

By Chimdiebere A

Jul 24, 2020

I really enjoyed the course. It has really enhanced my graphic design skill.

By Ana L Z G

Jul 24, 2020

It is a very fun simple course and you learn too much, I loved it 100/100 :)

By Walter J

Jul 7, 2020

Amazing, highly recommended. This course made me realize I like creating art

By Sidharth B

Jul 1, 2020

Very nicely composed classes with very informative conversations. Thank you.

By Carissa B

Jun 21, 2020

Is a great introduction to Graphic Design, and gets your creativity flowing.

By MD. T R

Jun 2, 2020

If you want to learn basic design theory this is the right course to enroll.


Apr 21, 2019

Very focussed and Awesome learning experience for a person who knew nothing.

By Salem F A

Nov 2, 2018

Awesome course with practical assignments, good teachers and good examples .

By Anastasiia Z

Mar 6, 2017

This is exactly what you need for the basics of knowledge in Graphic Design!

By Lee C

Jul 4, 2016

Opened my eyes on how to create art and different ways it can be represented

By Natalia S C

Sep 11, 2021

very interesting course, helped to open my mind and reinforce my creativity

By Zeba K

Aug 6, 2021

Brilliant course. Great Understanding and super simple to follow and learn.

By Ferr�n M

Jun 15, 2021

i​ learn a lot about composition a good and solid ground to start designing

By 林資鎧

Jun 1, 2021

I really learned a lot of basic concepts of graphic design from the course.

By Grecia R H

Apr 8, 2021

Ahora tengo una idea más clara de lo que es el Diseño Gráfico, y me encanta

By Shahmeer A

Feb 15, 2021

Amazing and exciting course with wonderful tasks and the concepts are clear

By Yinuo X

Dec 27, 2020

It has been a very valuable lesson learned through interactive lesson plan.

By Muhammad H R

Dec 17, 2020

This course indeed helped me in recognizing my skills in graphic designing.

By Siya B

Aug 18, 2020


By Abhigyan D

Aug 3, 2020

learnt the very basics. and got a broader sense about it. much more to come

By Maryam A

May 1, 2020

They guide you step by step with instructions that are very easy to follow!