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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 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.


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 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


May 4, 2020

Great course! helped me a lot to understand the fundamentals of graphic design.

By Yehiam Y

Apr 3, 2020

Very interesting process, it opens the mind to new areas of thought, thank you!

By Elaine L

Mar 22, 2020

I have lernt a lot from the course. I can pick anytime to study, which is good.

By Kori B

Sep 17, 2019

Great class! Would take is again just to work on my skill and get peer reviews.

By Mohammed A

Jul 31, 2019

I loved this course and really gave me a basic understanding of graphic design.

By Nikhil R

Nov 25, 2018

I learned a lot from this. Instructor was great. Looking forward to learn more.

By Soh W K

Oct 7, 2018

Absolutely a must for people who are serious about getting into Graphics Design

By ashley w

Aug 9, 2022

loved this! each section takes the time to explain all of the items & lessons.

By Surbhi D

Mar 16, 2022

I really enjoyed learning this course.This course is good for beginner level..


Nov 4, 2021

The course is amazing. I learned a lot form here and practicing is really help

By Zermina k

Apr 16, 2021

It was really helpful to me. Added great to my knowledge and skills. Thankyou.

By Nirav N

Oct 26, 2020

It was a great learning experience for me, Making an assignment was really fun

By Lisa

Jun 15, 2020

This was a lot of fun. It was great getting helpful feedback from classmates.

By Mara Y M G

May 25, 2020

este curso fue para mi excelente, todo bien explicado y entendible. me encanto

By Shahana B

May 15, 2020

i really loved, i didnt really know that i just want to be a graphic designer.

By Foo Y X Y

May 7, 2020

Everything is clear and I enjoy the process of learning. Thank you once again!

By Emon G

May 7, 2020

I love this course. its help me to gain basic knowledge about Graphic Design .


May 1, 2020

great instructor, good sense of humor, and emphasis on making lots of designs.

By Daniel D

Feb 13, 2016

Realmente um ótimo curso. Eu agradeço a Coursera e Calarts pela oportunidade!!

By Brett K

May 20, 2021

Great information - great design for the course! I'm glad to have taken this!

By Leo A L

Sep 20, 2020

help you a lot in the basic concepts, clear explanations, and fun assignments

By krunal s

Sep 17, 2020

Amazing Course.

This cource has developed an eye of mine towards things I see.

By Zahra T A

Jun 7, 2020

Enjoyed every bit and gave me the interest of pursuing a career in this field