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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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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.


Apr 17, 2016

very good introductory course. i enjoyed the assignments, they are not overwhelming, easy to start, and the optional ones offer great opportunity to dig little deeper into graphic design fundamentals.

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By Priscila G

May 15, 2016

Great course, entertaining assignments, a lot of information. Good way to start.

By Vishnu R

Feb 5, 2016

A really good course for beginners. Lets you know the basics of graphics design.

By Vahid S A

May 24, 2022

I think this is one of the best courses for those who are new to graphic design

By Alejandro S

Oct 14, 2021

Claro, completo, perfecto para iniciar la base del diseno grafico, recomendado.

By Noa S

May 22, 2021

Thank you for this course! I learnt so much and really enjoyed the assignments.

By Angel O

May 21, 2021

thanks a lot for the knowledge that you teach to us!! more blessing to come!!!!

By James C

Jan 23, 2021

Very instructive, clear and 'fundamental' course. Does what it says on the tin.

By Hanif R

Dec 9, 2020

Thank you, I hope this will be a huge Kickstarter for my graphic design career.

By Enaal N A

Oct 11, 2020

I was very happy and benefited. Thanks for everyone who taught us and helped us

By Luis C

Sep 15, 2020

Excelente, creo que abre la puerta hacia lo que es el mundo del Diseño Gráfico.

By Matthew L

Jul 26, 2020

Wonderful, fast-paced outline of how to begin to think like a graphic designer.

By Mohd T

Jul 20, 2020

very good course, i learnt too many thing about Fundamental of Graphic Designer

By sunanda c

May 21, 2020

it was a great experience and i am much excited to learn more on graphic design


May 4, 2020

Great course! helped me a lot to understand the fundamentals of graphic design.

By Yehiam Y

Apr 3, 2020

Very interesting process, it opens the mind to new areas of thought, thank you!

By Elaine L

Mar 22, 2020

I have lernt a lot from the course. I can pick anytime to study, which is good.

By Kori B

Sep 17, 2019

Great class! Would take is again just to work on my skill and get peer reviews.

By Mohammed A

Jul 31, 2019

I loved this course and really gave me a basic understanding of graphic design.

By Nikhil R

Nov 25, 2018

I learned a lot from this. Instructor was great. Looking forward to learn more.

By Soh W K

Oct 7, 2018

Absolutely a must for people who are serious about getting into Graphics Design

By Surbhi D

Mar 16, 2022

I really enjoyed learning this course.This course is good for beginner level..


Nov 4, 2021

The course is amazing. I learned a lot form here and practicing is really help

By Zermina k

Apr 16, 2021

It was really helpful to me. Added great to my knowledge and skills. Thankyou.

By Nirav N

Oct 26, 2020

It was a great learning experience for me, Making an assignment was really fun

By Lisa

Jun 15, 2020

This was a lot of fun. It was great getting helpful feedback from classmates.