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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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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!


May 18, 2022

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 Regina B

Sep 26, 2020

A great challenging course that will open your eyes and change your imagination!

By Jason C

Aug 30, 2020

Excellent introductory course. Lessons were engaging and projects were exciting.

By Smruti A P

Jun 27, 2020

It was a wonderful course. Looking forward to do more courses from the institute

By Solrac P

Jun 13, 2019

En dos semanas de estudios ya se abrió para mi un gran panorama de conocimientos

By Sujay S

Feb 22, 2019

All basics covered. Hands on projects/assignments were cool and was fun to work.

By Nuria M F

Dec 8, 2018

It has been very pleasant and very useful. A fantastic base to continue learning

By David A V D S

Apr 12, 2018

It is worthwhile to follow this course, it will be worth a lot to reach the end!

By Karin E

Feb 28, 2018

Wonderful class! Look forward to taking the next in this specialization! Thanks!

By Rituja

Jan 17, 2018

The course drives home certain basic principles of design. Extremely insightful!

By Николай К

Nov 27, 2016

Really useful and totally inspiring course! Highly recommended the novice you or

By Iris D

May 24, 2016

It's really interesting, well paced, engaging... A really nice course, for sure!

By Priscila G

May 15, 2016

Great course, entertaining assignments, a lot of information. Good way to start.

By Vishnu R

Feb 5, 2016

A really good course for beginners. Lets you know the basics of graphics design.

By Vahid S A

May 24, 2022

I think this is one of the best courses for those who are new to graphic design

By Alejandro S

Oct 14, 2021

Claro, completo, perfecto para iniciar la base del diseno grafico, recomendado.

By Noa S

May 22, 2021

Thank you for this course! I learnt so much and really enjoyed the assignments.

By Angel O

May 21, 2021

thanks a lot for the knowledge that you teach to us!! more blessing to come!!!!

By James C

Jan 23, 2021

Very instructive, clear and 'fundamental' course. Does what it says on the tin.

By Hanif R

Dec 9, 2020

Thank you, I hope this will be a huge Kickstarter for my graphic design career.

By enal a

Oct 11, 2020

I was very happy and benefited. Thanks for everyone who taught us and helped us

By Luis C

Sep 15, 2020

Excelente, creo que abre la puerta hacia lo que es el mundo del Diseño Gráfico.

By Matthew L

Jul 26, 2020

Wonderful, fast-paced outline of how to begin to think like a graphic designer.

By Mohd T

Jul 20, 2020

very good course, i learnt too many thing about Fundamental of Graphic Designer

By sunanda c

May 21, 2020

it was a great experience and i am much excited to learn more on graphic design