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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.

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.

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By Jia M

Apr 7, 2020

I am really happy and thank you for letting me learn a lot.

By Fathi S

May 26, 2019

I have learned a lot from this course. Highly recommended!

By Lucas M

Jul 17, 2018

Excellent introductory Graphic Design course. I recommend !

By huangqingyan

Nov 2, 2017

Very good course, great help to me, hope to learn in depth.

By enjy s

Oct 13, 2017

i really got new experience and information from that track

By Yaatzil C F

Nov 23, 2015

I really enjoy this course and all the activities involved.

By Apurva B

Sep 28, 2021

it was a really good course and I learnt soo much from it


Aug 11, 2021

Excellent material, resources, and instruction. Thank you.

By Vaclav O

Aug 2, 2021

G​reat experience and as promised it was really practical.

By Shourya S

Jun 2, 2021


By Niv A

Apr 27, 2021

Interesting. I like the methods. I got the video lectures.

By Chukwu N

Feb 10, 2021

The narrator (tutor) was classically eloquent and explicit

By Leenah T

Dec 31, 2020

Perfect for beginners. It was fun and I REALLY ENJOYED IT.

By Maria A B

Nov 15, 2020

Me ha gustado mucho. Todo muy bien explicado y muy visual.

By yanfeng x

Nov 7, 2020

This course is very flexible and useful for fresh student.

By Archer d

Jul 8, 2020

This way of learning at my own pace was very very helpful.

By Rahul S

Jul 7, 2020

This was a very good introductory course to graphic design

By CSE 5

Jun 16, 2020

I enjoyed the course. It improves my skills and knowledge.

By Luma S T

Jun 3, 2020

O curso é ótimo pra quem sabe pouco sobre a parte teórica.

By Anushen V

May 24, 2020

I have learnt a lot about design. This course was helpful.

By Hassnaa H E G E

Apr 24, 2020

It is a very strong start for any beginner in this field .

By Дарья К

Mar 7, 2019

I like this course and the way how it gives information. I

By Tessy d C P F

Jan 30, 2019

I like this course. i would like to continue the next one.

By Theresa N

Jun 9, 2017

Absolutely sensational course! I'd take it all over again.

By Gaetano S

Mar 13, 2016

Clear, concise and efficiently overview of Graphic Design.