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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

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

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.

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By alicekim

Sep 9, 2020

I really enjoy the courses!! Thanks alot


Sep 6, 2020

Really enjoyed my time doing this course


Aug 24, 2020

it was a great experience and i loved it

By Asmita H

Jul 22, 2020

I loved it. It was very helpful and fun.

By Baisali R

Jul 17, 2020

It was an amazing experience. Thank you!

By Randall M

May 16, 2020

Quite an interesting foundational course

By Iván J V

Mar 18, 2020

i loved this course. it was very useful!

By Jose G M A

Mar 8, 2020

It is so amazing, I have learnt so much.

By Anand V

Jun 27, 2018

Really helped me to learn graphic design

By Катерина Ф

Feb 27, 2018

I liked the course! Thanks for the work!

By America G

Mar 14, 2017

Excellent course, with very good content

By lily r

Nov 29, 2016

Refreshing, modern and excellent course!

By Natalia P

Oct 29, 2016

I love this course very much! Thank you!

By Christopher M G

Jan 25, 2016

great introduction to the basic concepts

By mandy B e

Sep 4, 2020

i learn a lot in this class . love it .

By Sidra-Tul-Muntaha

Aug 24, 2020

its an amazing course .i learnt so much


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By Zita K

May 30, 2020

This course is excellent for beginners!

By Sandra l

May 10, 2020

thank you very much i love this course

By Preetika K

Apr 16, 2018

Great journey.Enjoyed learning basics.

By Mridul V

Jan 5, 2018

Eye opening course.

Must for a beginner!

By Mikaell C e O

Apr 27, 2017

Great way to start on the design world.

By Ashley K

Jan 25, 2017

Got great feedback from other students.

By Megan M S

Nov 2, 2016

Fun assignments and informative lessons

By Alyssa R

Jul 10, 2016

A great introduction to graphic design.