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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


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.


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.

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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

By Joyotee R C

Mar 3, 2021

A fun and practical course

By Jeslyn C

Dec 8, 2020

very fun and learned a lot

By Touhid A T

Oct 15, 2020

This course very help full

By barry m

Oct 12, 2020

Thank you, taught me a lot

By sakshi j

Oct 11, 2020

I gained lots of knowledge

By Eylül E

Oct 10, 2020

It was really instructive.

By Kanchan S

Oct 4, 2020

So useful

Thank you so much

By Iris H

Aug 14, 2020

Really useful information!

By Guillermo L

Aug 13, 2020

Great course for beginners

By Alejandro A D R F

Aug 10, 2020

Really nice for beginners!

By Jonathan T

Jul 26, 2020

Easy to understand topics!

By Abhishek S

Apr 12, 2020

Worth every single second!

By Akinfala s

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!!