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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


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.


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 Auneet I

Jul 20, 2020

Absolutely amazing. This course has helped me a lot. Thanks a lot for this course.

By Nada T

Jul 18, 2020

This course is amazing, I have gained a lot of skills, I recommend it for everyone

By Amr A

Jun 4, 2020

really loved the content and would like to go deep into every aspect in the course

By Mohamad T

May 16, 2020

I must thank all the teachers, designers, and staff who contributed to this course

By Mariana L S

May 14, 2020

It is a great opportunity to lear about graphic design. I really enjoy the course.

By Trishala S

Apr 26, 2020

All the basics of graphic design have been efficiently taught through this course.

By Kim S l m

Apr 20, 2020

Really great opportunity. Love to do the course. Thank you Coursera and Cal arts.

By Yulia S

Nov 26, 2018

Great course! Now I start to create and don't affraid to make mistakes. Thank you!

By Anna S

Nov 16, 2018

This course got me excited and encouraged me in discovering graphic design basics!

By Madeleine V

Oct 24, 2017

I thought that this course was very effective in what I wanted out of this course.

By Zuzanna J

Mar 21, 2016

Everything is well explained, and the assignments are interesting and fun to make.

By Trevor R

Feb 9, 2016

A great introduction into the basics of graphic design. I would highly recommend.

By Samuel T R

Dec 15, 2022

It is so amazing course Thank you California Institute of the arts and Coursera.

By fcastilloch

Oct 28, 2021

This course was great! Very informative and a perfect mix between fun and theory.

By Tamara A V N

Aug 29, 2021

As the name indicates, the course provides the basic knowledge of graphic design.

By Sadia

Aug 16, 2021

Perfect for beginners looking to dip their toes into the world of graphic design.

By Alexis S C

May 12, 2021

This was an exceptional class to be able to achieve. Thank you Professor Michael!

By keit126

May 11, 2021

The course has tremendously helped me build a good foundation! I really loved it!

By Klaudia W

Mar 16, 2021

Thank you for this course. It was an amazing time. So many new things. Thank you.

By Elisabeth C

Aug 20, 2020

Great course covering the fundamentals - great assignments that get you thinking.


Aug 2, 2020

Learned new concepts and procedures of converting or creating fantastic graphics.

By Andrea R Á P

Jul 29, 2020

Very nice course. It teaches you basic concepts and the exercises are very fun :)

By Shatarupa D

Jul 6, 2020

The examples in the videos are really educative and helps learn more practically.


Jun 14, 2020

Excellent introduction to graphic design. It is a short course but very complete.

By Bisher A

Jun 2, 2020

I'm very glad I did this course, and I was thoroughly engrossed in the exercises.