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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 Darla F

Sep 5, 2016

Very basic information but a good beginner's course.

By Sergi S

Nov 21, 2015

Very good to understand the basics of graphic design

By Fer G

Mar 29, 2020

Really gave me a first insight into graphic design.

By Mohammad A U

Oct 8, 2020

More Oriented and informative and organised cours.

By Zoe X 谢

Jun 27, 2019

A good course to get the basics of Graphic Design.


May 23, 2020

i learn few in this lockdown period and thank you

By Paula A V G

Aug 5, 2020

Tiene conocimientos fundamentales, buen profesor

By Gaetano G

Dec 15, 2018

The students need more contacts with professors.

By Srishti

Jan 29, 2016

Its taught very nicely and its an eye opener. :)

By Mohamed I

Dec 23, 2015

Notes made available would have been very handy.

By Riya k

Oct 3, 2021

I got best experience through online mode......

By Livin P

Jul 26, 2020

Loved the way it was taught! Thank u so much!!!


Jun 8, 2020

amazing course for understanding graphic design

By J-Man

Mar 25, 2019

A broad and well made start in graphic design.


Aug 24, 2021

great opportunity for all the graphics lovers

By Tate B

May 5, 2020

An interesting fundamentals class. Thank you.

By Maha E

Nov 12, 2020

really like this course great for a beginner

By Facundo F F

Jun 22, 2020

Nice introduction to this fascinating world.

By Sai P

Jun 12, 2020

Simple, easy to follow along and understand!

By Roger X

Mar 16, 2018

Good way to start in Graphic Design's World

By Michelle G

Sep 11, 2017

An enjoyable introduction to Graphic Design

By Emmanuel B

Oct 29, 2020

Its a very helpful course about the basics

By Mónica C

Nov 25, 2015

Videos explain very well all the contents.

By Salim b

Nov 26, 2022

eveverything in this cocourse is aamazing

By Bethany L

Jan 13, 2021

A little slow if you are not a beginner.