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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!


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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By Tashira R - C

Jan 17, 2018

I loved it, very informative and truly a great starting point for all the other courses.

By Kelly F

Sep 12, 2017

This class taught me very clear ideas, it inspired me, it has made me a better designer.

By Jeson B

Feb 25, 2017

Impressive. Great Idea and professionalism. An excellent foundation of starting student.

By Dee M

Sep 14, 2016

Great, great course. Really comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of graphic design

By Baglan D

Feb 17, 2016

Great introduction that give the learner the foundations and lets them explore by doing.


Dec 27, 2015

A great pleasure for me to be part of this awesome course. I have enjoyed it as a child.

By Tayyaba A

Jul 6, 2022


By BlueCat

Nov 4, 2021

I learn soo much more thing about design thanks to this course, I'm very happy with it.

By Vanshita M

Sep 16, 2021

this course has helped me, develop new ideas and learn new ways of designing. Thank you

By Evans M

Feb 18, 2021

The course is very helpful and it gives you the full understanding about graphic design

By Anastasia R

Jan 30, 2021

Wonderful course to help grasp the fundamentals of the artistic side of graphic design!

By Maria C M

Jan 26, 2021

El curso fue muy completo. Aprendí muchísimo y el profesor tiene bastante conocimiento.

By mahnoor a

Aug 17, 2020

Great course, easy to follow and a step by step guide into the world of graphic design.


Aug 14, 2020

It helped me overcome my fears and enabled me to learn graphic designing more actively.

By Bilgebegum

Jul 24, 2020

It's overall a really enjoyable and fun course, that gets you to experiment creatively!

By tess_ m

Jul 19, 2020

I enjoyed every single video and every single task! Looking forward to the next course.

By Josefa R T

Jun 22, 2020

I have taken several courses of graphic design, but I still learned a lot and loved it!


May 26, 2020

In this course,i have learned lot many things tools and techniques.It improved me a lot

By Vaishnavi S

Apr 25, 2020

The instructor was very experienced, and it was a great opportunity to learn under him!

By Diana L

Mar 10, 2020

The format was interesting and rewarding. I learned a lot and got hands-on of practice.

By 方之维

Oct 30, 2019

In this course, I learned a lot of basic knowledge of graphic design, and gained a lot.

By Matt K

Dec 13, 2018

Great introduction to graphic design, started me off on the right path to a new career.


Jul 30, 2018

Very informative and a must if you looking to start your journey in Graphics Designing!

By Rolando P P

May 17, 2017

muy buen curso introductorio, un poco de todo para empezar a conocer mejor esta carrera

By Gissele M

Mar 9, 2016

Fun, hands-on and very interesting! Loved the assignments and the layout of the course.