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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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Jul 14, 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.


Apr 18, 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.

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By Abdullah K

Oct 08, 2020

Good. Basics. Nicely structured

By Shusmita P

Sep 14, 2020

i really enjoyed this course <3

By Shabib C

May 20, 2020

Basics of Basics but beneficial

By eugenia r p

Mar 29, 2020

Excellent! I really enjoyed it!

By Deborah G

Dec 08, 2019

Quiky lecturer! He made it fun.

By Roxana G

Aug 30, 2019

Fun, didactic, and challenging.

By Pratik z

Mar 06, 2019

its good to learning new course

By Carolina A

Aug 16, 2018

It is a wonderful way to learn.

By Stephanie H

Feb 09, 2017

Muy bien estructurado el curso.

By Sandy Y

Feb 29, 2016


By Adriana D L S

Jan 19, 2016

Very good course for begginers.

By Vaishali K

Nov 30, 2015

I loved this course. Thank you!

By Apeksha C

Sep 01, 2020

It was an amazing basic course

By Hugo O

Aug 04, 2020

Very insightful and enjoyable!


Jul 27, 2020

very simple and helpful course

By Aniket k

Jul 18, 2020

very useful and helpful course

By rakibur r

Jul 14, 2020

Good Liked the way of teaching

By J2 J

Jul 09, 2020

very infomative and intresting

By Misbah I

Jun 01, 2020

intrusting but more time taken

By Chiara D L

May 24, 2020

Very interesting and creative!

By Anuoshah S

May 04, 2020

Basic Graphic Designing skills

By P R A

Apr 15, 2020

An amazing course for beginner

By Art F D S

Feb 13, 2019

Very detailed and informative.

By Anastasia O

Apr 28, 2018

Very informative and exciting.

By Veronica V

Nov 05, 2017

Excellent introductory course!