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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


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.


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 kundan k s

Aug 17, 2020

An excellent course.

By Frial S A

Jul 12, 2020

it is a great course


Jul 5, 2020

it was a nice course


Jun 21, 2020

thanks for your help

By Fahmidur R

Jun 20, 2020

Great. Learned a lot

By Maria A F G

Jun 2, 2020

Excellent, very good

By Syed J H

May 30, 2020

I loved this journey

By Luiza A

May 28, 2020

Very helpful course!

By Hao W

Jan 6, 2020

Completed 01/05/2020

By yomna s

Jul 5, 2019

it was really useful

By Loveinpeterlouis L

Apr 27, 2019

Amazing experience !

By Ємельянова Г М

Feb 14, 2017

I enjoy this course!

By Puzhen Q

Jun 27, 2016

Learned quite a lot.

By Prahlad G

Mar 7, 2016

Clear and Organised.

By Vimarie S

Feb 16, 2022

​Excelente facultad

By Ali O

Jan 18, 2022

it's really helpful

By Han W H

Aug 29, 2021

​A good foundation!

By Muhammad S S

Oct 5, 2020

i have learned alot

By Ali A

Sep 20, 2020

thank you very much

By Oksana B

Aug 13, 2020

Very useful course!

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Aug 4, 2020


By Nada k m

Jul 14, 2020

So good and helpful

By Abdulaziz M

Jul 12, 2020

Fun and insightful!

By Vinoy V

Jun 22, 2020

Really good course.

By Nannette

May 29, 2020

I like this course.