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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

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.

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 Raluca P

Dec 11, 2018

Great course for beginners! Thank you!

By Ekaterina S

Feb 20, 2018

A very practical and inspiring course!

By Andrea F

Nov 14, 2017

Perfect amount of theory and practice!

By Yana K

Sep 14, 2017

The course is amazing and inspiring)))

By Karen A

Aug 7, 2017

Great interactive learning experience!

By Leticia C R

Jul 17, 2016

Good activities , nice complete course

By Marie-Noëlle W

Mar 27, 2016

Very simple yet essential concepts! :)

By Yiran L

Mar 19, 2016

A lovable professor, a lovable course.

By Jorge S U A

Mar 7, 2016

un excelente curso y un buen expositor

By Akvilė B

Jan 26, 2016

Great course for begginers! Thank you!

By Katsiaryna N

Dec 18, 2015

Very useful and well-organized course.

By Alexandra M

Nov 27, 2015

Good useful fundamental course content

By Sujith P S

Nov 28, 2020

So much to learn for me as a beginner

By Lucas C F

Aug 3, 2020

Great content and practice exercises.

By Yunus Ç

Jul 28, 2020

It was a creative process. Thank you.

By Ayash H C

Jun 24, 2020

I loved this course. It was so fun :)

By Martina M

Jun 18, 2020

Very succinct, effective and engaging

By Sarah A

Jun 3, 2020

I learnd so many thing in this course

By Victor U B

Jun 28, 2018

it was great practice and information

By Tanvi K

Jun 4, 2018

Very good experience. I learnt a lot.

By David D

Oct 18, 2016

Great course if you are a beginner...

By Broderick S

Jun 20, 2016

Well-made videos, strong assignments.

By Cecilia P

Apr 28, 2016

Great introduction for a broad theme!

By Maja D

Feb 16, 2016

Thank you for this excellent course!!

By Angel G D

Jan 25, 2016

Very cool, very practical. I love it.