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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 Carol A

Nov 1, 2020

¡Excelente! Superó mis expectativas.

By Skenos P

Oct 21, 2020

Its a great course, very interactive

By Fatima s

Sep 5, 2020

like the course thats really helpful

By Ashima T

Aug 28, 2020

Amazing course, simple explanations.

By Julián A H A

Aug 21, 2020

Me gustò mucho. Excelentes lecciones

By Muskan A

Jul 28, 2020

Its a very good course for beginners

By Mohammed A

Jun 10, 2020

This is so interesting and feasible.


Jun 7, 2020

Thanks so much for this opportunity.

By Solange A S G

May 9, 2020

gracias por todo lo que me enseñaron

By Kotryna N

Apr 30, 2020

I have really enjoyed it, Thank You!

By diya

Jul 5, 2019

Very beneficial course for beginners

By Debangana M

Mar 21, 2019

Really helpful course for a beginner

By Rui

Feb 25, 2019

Good course design, I learned a lot.

By Stantcieru T

Oct 30, 2018

Thank you for such great experience.

By Karla S

Mar 6, 2018

Easy to follow and very informative!

By Eugenia S

Aug 30, 2017

Great and helpful course! Thank you!


Mar 6, 2017

really eye opening fun and educative

By Eleni S

Feb 8, 2016

Very interesting and "to the point"!

By Eliot

Feb 8, 2016

clear instruction and easy to follow

By maricela a b

Jan 3, 2016

Awesome!!! i really enjoy the course

By Nicolette P

Sep 8, 2020

Easy and simple introductory course

By Gael F

Aug 31, 2020

Fabulous - well worth every moment!

By Yash R

Jun 20, 2020

excellent course to graphic design.

By Mehr K

Apr 19, 2020

It was a great course. Learn a lot.

By Arina P

Mar 27, 2020

Structured, detailed and practical!