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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.

May 9, 2018

An ok course for beginners. A bit too basic for someone who has already had experience in design, but is great anyway cause it breaks things back down to the simplest parts to help you remember roots.

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By Syed Z

Jun 18, 2019

Great course. Taught me the basics in an excellent way.

By 廖雪妮

Oct 15, 2017

It's a good course that I can learn a lot about design.

By Kirsten Z

Sep 1, 2017

I loved this course! Very informative and very helpful!

By Jane

Feb 9, 2016

I love this course! It is fundemental and interesting .

By Marisol V

Dec 24, 2015

Keep on doing these kind of courses! Thank you so much!

By Deleted A

Dec 15, 2015

Un bon rappel des bases, merci encore.

By Desmond L

Nov 9, 2021

Well organized class instruction! Great for beginners!

By sreelakshmi k

Jun 18, 2021


By Luisa M J J

Apr 27, 2021

Un curso muy conciso, claro, divertido y provechoso :)

By Stacie M B

Feb 1, 2021

Loved the challenge that I conquered in this course!!!

By Gregori M

Nov 23, 2020

Great beginners course for upcoming graphic designers.

By Darwuin J C M

Oct 30, 2020

realmente es un curso completo sobre el diseño gráfico

By Pranav H

Sep 22, 2020

This course is really good as a beginner level course.

By Vlada S

Jul 27, 2020

A great and well-organized course. Highly recommended!

By Sinister •

Apr 17, 2020

This was amazing introductory course to Graphic Design

By Areeba A

Mar 8, 2020

It was a pleasure to do an online course with coursera

By Budhaditya C

Nov 14, 2018

Excellent Introduction to the field of Graphics Design

By laura p r g

Oct 7, 2018

Realmente encantada con todo el conocimiento adquirido


Mar 20, 2018

Excellent intro to the fundamentals of Graphic Design.

By Himanshu a

Feb 28, 2017

Amazing course to get hands on idea on graphic design.

By Nicola V

Nov 13, 2016

Amazing Course, well organised and excellent teachers!

By Joel S A

Sep 8, 2016

This course is superb! Thank you for offering it here.

By Terry F

Jan 17, 2016

Great intro course....Could you consider more courses?

By Hasini P R

Jan 19, 2022

This course is very interesting and valuable course .


Aug 10, 2021

a great overview to get you started in graphic design