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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


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 liangzi l

Mar 1, 2017

nice course,very helpful class

By Prince H

Oct 27, 2016

great course and great lecture

By Zaki W A

Mar 19, 2016

Very interactive and effective

By Barbora B

Mar 18, 2016

Useful and interesting course.

By Nilsa C S

Jan 10, 2016

Awesome course! Learned a lot.


Oct 4, 2022

very knownledgeable thank you

By Abdul S S

Jul 29, 2022

Amazing, they teach very well

By Aishwarya B

Jun 18, 2022

excellent learning experience

By Senero V

Apr 12, 2022

Very informative! Thank You.

By GSnap

Jun 20, 2021

Great Instructor! Thank you!

By John C B

May 9, 2021

Good job! I like this course!

By Tiarra R

Apr 3, 2021

Very basic and easy to manage

By Abeer B

Mar 2, 2021

Very helpful, really liked it


Aug 17, 2020

Best online Courses available

By Muhammad O M

Aug 10, 2020

Very informative and hands on

By Samriddhi K

Aug 3, 2020

Fun, interactive, educational

By Daniela P

Jul 7, 2020

I love it! Thank you so much!

By Marcela -

Jun 23, 2020

Pretty neat

I really liked it

By harish s

Jun 8, 2020

the way of teaching was good

By Deleted A

Jun 7, 2020

This helpful for the beginner

By Alena E V L A

Apr 24, 2020

Wonderful, i learned so much.

By II8I40I2I F B

Apr 19, 2020

overall the content is a good

By Magdalena P S G

Mar 28, 2020

Really easy to follow and fun

By Surabhi S

Aug 9, 2019

Good for starters like me..!!

By Ahmad S I A

Mar 1, 2019

its a wonderful course ever .