Chevron Left
Back to Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Learner Reviews & Feedback for Fundamentals of Graphic Design by California Institute of the Arts

15,416 ratings

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


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.


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

Filter by:

776 - 800 of 3,984 Reviews for Fundamentals of Graphic Design

By Lidya S

Jun 27, 2019

By Camila R

Jan 10, 2019

By Fletcher T

Oct 26, 2018

By María F C A

Dec 13, 2015

By Juan C (

May 6, 2022


Sep 25, 2021

By Cameron D

Mar 17, 2021

By Taqi H

Oct 13, 2020

By Valeria T C

Aug 25, 2020

By Jordan L P

Aug 8, 2020

By Jeannie F C

Jul 6, 2020

By Snehdeep k

May 2, 2020

By Oleksandra Z

Apr 10, 2020

By Laura M

Jun 20, 2016

By Heleina E

May 5, 2016

By nimra s

Jun 5, 2022

By Indie S

Jan 22, 2021

By Ria V

Oct 6, 2020

By Judith M

Sep 1, 2020

By Ana K

May 26, 2020

By Amber F

Apr 18, 2020

By Ajit N

Mar 23, 2017

By Nathaniel M Z

May 10, 2016

By Andrea Y

Dec 29, 2015

By Harshita S

Mar 10, 2021