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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


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


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.

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By Tamara M A

Sep 13, 2020

a good and beneficial course

By Victoria K

Aug 31, 2020

It was a fun course to take!


Aug 29, 2020

This course is really useful

By Mahnoor M

Aug 18, 2020

great platform for beginners


Jul 23, 2020

very helpful and informative

By zinia

May 8, 2020

i loved it ,great experience

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By dominic s p

Jul 11, 2018

Great and valuable course!!!

By Stian V

Jun 19, 2018

Found it very inspirational!

By Ludmila S

Aug 27, 2017

Love it! Highly recommended!

By Максимова К

Aug 11, 2022

супер, мне все понравилось!

By Garima V

Jun 29, 2022

amazing course for beginner

By Miguel D C V

Jan 7, 2022

G​reat course for beginers!

By Arif W

Sep 18, 2021

easy-to-understand learning

By Salar N

Dec 18, 2020

Loved Graphic Design course

By Abdulkadir G

Nov 21, 2020

its best course for graphic

By Ana L V G

Nov 4, 2020

congratulation!!!! tanks...

By MD. S Y S

Sep 21, 2020

Amazing and helpful course.


Sep 8, 2020

I really enjoyed the coruse

By Andrea C

Sep 4, 2020

Excelente curso, gracias...

By Lucas B V

Aug 1, 2020

Great course for begginers!

By Manrong L

Jul 14, 2020

Great course, learned a lot

By Joana M E

Jul 13, 2020

I had fun in this course :D


Jun 11, 2020

Awesome experience! WOOAHH!

By Aashish S

May 15, 2020

Excellent online sessions .