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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

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.

Aug 20, 2018

Very interesting, I liked the format. Easy to follow, nice excercises. It's actually good to cover the basics of design, even if you are not an absolute beginner, and especially if you are self taught

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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.


Feb 2, 2016

Excellent enterance to world of design.Thank you lecturer.

By joshua r

Jan 1, 2022

Fun class. Loved that play and creativity were encouraged

By Vani S

Mar 4, 2021

It was interesting and learned few techniques, Thank you.

By Matthew L

Feb 24, 2021

Really engaging and clear introduction to graphic design.

By Khloud K A

Dec 15, 2020

Many benefited in this course, because it is a great idea


Sep 12, 2020

Excellent course to understand basics of Graphic designs.

By Dhrumil L

Aug 29, 2020

Excellent, neat and to the point explanation of concepts.

By Sanga L

Aug 13, 2020

It's a great lecture for people who start graphic design!

By Ezekiel E

Jul 4, 2020

Great details for Graphic design fundamentals, nice pace.

By Jazmin V

Jun 12, 2020

it is a really basic course with great tips for beginners

By Elise P

Apr 17, 2020

Really fun and engaging course, I would highly recommend!

By Sasha B

Nov 3, 2018

Excellent videos, quality and way to make it interactive.

By Yury B S

Aug 25, 2018

Very good. High quality material. I recommend. Thank you!

By Julija P

Feb 4, 2018

Really interesting course and a good pack of information.

By Geraldine D

Apr 19, 2017

Nice introduction that is useful in the following courses


Mar 11, 2017

Very useful and funny: I enjoy a lot doing the exercises.

By Arjun S

Oct 30, 2016

Excellent Course...Got a lot information about designing.

By Gustavo G

Mar 8, 2016

I'm so in love with this course! I want to take it again!

By María F G S

May 3, 2021

This course is excellent to start in the graphic design.

By Krishnaratne N

Sep 2, 2020

I learn so many things. thank you dear Sir. great course

By Anjana s

Jul 13, 2020

its really good to study about the basics graphic design

By Melika A

Jul 5, 2020

This course was very informative and helpful. Thank you.