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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....

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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!


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 Marwa K S

Feb 3, 2019

I'm very happy

By Jaelynne B

Nov 29, 2018

Very pleasant.

By Zaira P M

May 29, 2018

Muy buen curso

By K M M H

Sep 7, 2017

awesome course

By Helene

Jan 2, 2017

Great course !

By Olivia L

Sep 21, 2016

Great teacher!

By Erin E T A

Feb 8, 2016

muy buen curso

By Frehiwot N

May 23, 2022

excellent job


Nov 8, 2021

good teaching

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Oct 14, 2021

very useful!!

By modar s

Oct 2, 2021

very helpfull

By Sheena C

Jun 30, 2021

Awesome Class

By Ruta S

Nov 22, 2020

Go for it!!!!

By Stefanie v d B

Nov 13, 2020

good course !

By Medina A

Oct 26, 2020

Great course!

By Antonio F C L F

Oct 1, 2020

Great course!

By Nazarkar S P

Sep 26, 2020

superb course


Jun 15, 2020

Great course!

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May 25, 2020

Great course!

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By Shipra A

May 10, 2020

Great Course.

By Mostafa K S M

Feb 26, 2020

its beautiful

By Frances M

Feb 18, 2020

Great course!

By Aiste N

Feb 17, 2020

Great course!