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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.


Sep 5, 2021

I had a lot of fun in this course. I learnt some extra bits of information related to graphic design and I think it's a great start for beginners as well as good practice for intermediate and experts!

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By Abdulkadir M H

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 .

By Anmol R

Apr 30, 2020

Its is very awesome journey

By Jonathan C

Oct 26, 2019

Simple yet spark curiosity.

By bassemgomaa

Sep 17, 2018

this website very very good

By Victoria A

Aug 14, 2016

Excellent and a lot of fun!

By Chendan Y

Jun 19, 2016

Great! Fun and interactive!

By Tetiana

Apr 4, 2016

Very interesting and useful

By Erika K

Jan 12, 2016

interesting and fun course!

By Hasnat A

Oct 13, 2022

Best course for begginers

By Petr F

Sep 26, 2022

Practice oriented course.

By Babatunde B A

Jun 16, 2022

Well explained and taught.

By irina k

Oct 13, 2021

amazing class and teacher


Jul 4, 2021

Great course for beginner.

By Miguel P N

May 2, 2021

Great! I've learned a lot.

By Trevor D

Apr 24, 2021

Great skills and knowledge