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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.


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 patrick

Apr 12, 2018

very helpfull and instructive...


Aug 26, 2020

Overall it was very informative

By aliaa

Feb 25, 2017

excellent course but very basic

By G G

Oct 5, 2016

Good explanation and very basic

By Gaurav B

May 10, 2020

Great Course for Fundamentals.

By Deleted A

Aug 23, 2017

Excellent. Loved every second!

By Nagaraja G

Oct 1, 2020

very use full on this course

By kareena s

Jul 2, 2017

Informative and well taught.

By Gaurav S P

Nov 18, 2020

It's really helpful for me.

By Omnya A M

Aug 9, 2017

it is very good for beginer

By Narmada k

Sep 21, 2020

Great Course for begginers

By Tomas O C

Jun 10, 2020

Great introductory course.

By Rachael Y

Nov 27, 2019

Great foundational course.

By Yusuf S

Jun 10, 2019

Good course for beginners.

By Ismail A

Feb 4, 2019

great introductory course!

By Vipin P

May 10, 2017

Good Knowledgeable course.

By Ashima M

Aug 24, 2020

Amazing for basic studies

By Muskan D

Jul 19, 2020

It was a good experience.

By May S

Oct 4, 2017

Great, Simple and Dinamic

By Carlise T

Mar 2, 2016

I enjoyed the course as a

By Fatema T Z

Oct 8, 2020

It was an amazing course

By Abdul Q

Aug 23, 2020

its all perfect and good

By Bruno C B M

Sep 20, 2017

Very Good for beginners!

By Daniel P

Jan 8, 2016

Hey, that's pretty good.

By Shalmoli M

Jun 12, 2020

had a great experience