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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


May 18, 2022

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 Stephen A

Mar 31, 2020

A great Fundamental Class.

By Gabrielle G

Oct 22, 2019

Loving it! So far so good.

By wagdy i a i

Jun 16, 2019

good work and good leaders

By Magomedova K S

May 6, 2019

Thank you for this course!

By Eman M A

Oct 27, 2018

i really loved this course

By Ayisha S

Apr 2, 2018

I really like this course.

By Meg F

Mar 5, 2018

engaging and interesting!!

By Jeannette G

Jan 10, 2017

A great intro to the field

By Anita P

Jun 3, 2016

Excelente y muy práctico!!

By Luka t

Apr 27, 2016

Good fundamentals tutorial

By Ellen A B

Feb 18, 2016

Love it - very interesting

By Arif A

Feb 14, 2016

Interesting and innovative

By Trinh L

Jan 25, 2016

Absolutely awesome course!

By Nazmul H L

Aug 2, 2022

Great and helpful coures.

By Fathima A W

Apr 16, 2022

Very helpful and thorough

By Legendr D

Feb 7, 2022

Great course. learnt alot

By Donny H

Jan 24, 2022

The best course i've had.

By Maleeha S

Dec 5, 2021

It was a excellent course

By Mohamad R A

Sep 4, 2021

thanks a lot very helpful

By Sneha J

May 12, 2021

All must try this course.


Oct 26, 2020

it' really a ood to learn

By Manjari K

Oct 15, 2020

It was an amazing course.

By Carol J

Aug 5, 2020

it was a good experience.

By Mirha N

Jul 31, 2020

I have a great experience


Jun 19, 2020

i learned alot. thank you