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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

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.

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 Qi Z

Aug 24, 2020

I've learned a lot from this courses! Great teacher!

By Marina T

Aug 17, 2020

The course was really interesting and I learnt a lot

By Nahidul I

Jul 17, 2020

I love this course. It,s very helpful for beginners.

By Regina J

Jun 13, 2020

This was a great introduction to the specialization.

By Nik C

Jun 8, 2020

Very informative and potential course for beginners.

By Armaan C

Jun 1, 2020

very nicely organised and well explained in details.

By Tan Y H X

May 23, 2020

very insightful and easy to understand for beginners


May 14, 2020

Easy to follow, even if your English level is basic.

By Dudka A

Apr 29, 2020

I really liked it! Learned a lot of new information.

By Eimy B

Mar 27, 2020

A very good way to know the basics of graphic design

By Tarik M

Mar 10, 2020

It is a very interesting course, I've learned a lot.

By Maria

Jan 1, 2020

Muy buen curso para ser lo basico del diseno grafico

By Rodrigo C M

Nov 25, 2019

Very concise and holistic approach to Graphic Design

By Kirit S

Mar 15, 2019

Very good course to get started with Graphic Design.

By Benjamin g

Feb 22, 2019

Great way to learn fundamentals and practice skills.

By Marcos T

Jan 21, 2019

Fantastic. First day and learned so much. Thank you.

By juliet

Feb 27, 2018

thank you for this course. I enjoy everything on it.

By Rebecca C K

Nov 11, 2016

very informative and yes, one learns a lot of theory

By Jaspal S R

May 29, 2016

Great course! recommend everyone who likes to design

By Marianna S

Dec 16, 2015

Really helpfull to start working on graphic design!!

By Zemran D

Nov 23, 2020

Amazing lectures, Amazing exercise, Amazing skill !


Aug 2, 2020

Easy to catch and feels amazing to know the basics.

By Elizabeth S

Aug 2, 2020

A lot of helpful tips in this course. I enjoyed it.

By Filip R

Jul 25, 2020

Great and very creative, Taught me a lot! Thank you

By Doanh D P

Jul 18, 2020

interesting tasks, and easy to understand materials