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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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Oct 11, 2017

CUrso muy adecuado para personas que deseen iniciar en el diseño grafico.

By Amanda W

Mar 20, 2016

Enjoyable course that really does cover the fundamentals. I have a much g

By Ferd V

Mar 19, 2016

What an Excellent Way to Re-Cap!!!!

Thanks Cal Arts....

Thanks Coursera....

By Sebastian M

Mar 8, 2016

Great basic concepts of graphic design and balanced number of assignments

By Marta F

Feb 20, 2016

Great course! Lots of usefull information. I used it to refresh concepts.

By Ibrahim A

Nov 9, 2015

Very good lecturer, has very good command of English Language. Impressive

By Wang, Y

Aug 6, 2021

A very fun course with lucid explanation from great profs and lecturers.


Jul 7, 2021

It was great knowing about Graphic Design and had an amazing experience.

By Christine G

Apr 3, 2021

True to its curriculum! I gained a lot of learning. Thank you, Coursera.

By Gyorgy C S

Sep 5, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Thank You very much for the opportunity!

By David S

Sep 1, 2020

excellent, I recommend it, thanks for the opportunity, I learned a lot.

By Deleted A

Jul 16, 2020

this course was a well presented code and instructor was explaining good

By Hasan Z

Jun 11, 2020

It will be very helpful for me as a new boy in Graphic Design Community.

By Prishitha M

Jun 7, 2020

It's a great course for beginners and students intrested in this course.

By Yihe L

Jun 5, 2020

its really good for people without any background to learn about design!

By Mohamed Q

May 16, 2020

Great course, you are not only learning you also practising your skills!

By Zaeem R

Apr 28, 2020

Very informative and really very amazing course I learned from coursera.

By Jacobo C Z

Apr 26, 2020

I loved the course, i learned a lot from it and it was very very useful.

By Samuel G M

Apr 20, 2020

Still yet to find a better introduction to Graphic Design than this one.

By roya s k

Nov 30, 2019

so helpful. this course is an easy way to learn basics of graphic design

By Aymen J

Nov 11, 2019

I'm so grateful to Coursera, to CAL ARTS and to Mr. Michael Worthington.

By Aušrinė O

Dec 13, 2018

Easy understandable fundamentals of graphic design with practical tasks.

By Pavel S

Feb 1, 2017

Great course! I strongly recommend it to anyone studying graphic design.

By Dora F

Jan 31, 2017

Excellent, easy to understand and step by step instruction! Thank you!!!

By Anatoli M

Nov 30, 2016

Very nice introduction course, on my way to become a graphic designer :)