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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 Melissa S

Mar 29, 2016

This course was well designed and very informative.

By Niranjan P

Feb 22, 2016

Very Interesting. The Illustrations make it better.

By Surabhi P N

Jan 28, 2016

Amazing course. Learnt so much. And still learning.

By Magda A

Mar 9, 2021

Very useful course in terms of basics and concepts

By Sarah A

Dec 21, 2020

Great overview of key components of Graphic Design

By Марія І Г

Nov 2, 2020

The course was interesting, cognitive and usefull!

By Ludwina

Nov 2, 2020

Great, inspiring content and nice way of teaching.

By Yasmin G M d C

Aug 10, 2020

I love the course, it really empowered my creative

By Shubham K

Aug 7, 2020

Great course to start your Graphic Design studies.

By Millicent E W

Jul 29, 2020

As a beginner, I learned so much from this course!

By emman m a r

Jun 1, 2020

كانت دورة رائعة جدا

شكرا لجهود الاستاذ على كل شيء

By Enrique D E

May 17, 2020

Great course! I got a lot of new ideas. Thank you!


May 9, 2020

Really fun and interesting, as well as affordable.

By Esraa A E S M

Jan 31, 2020

نعم كورس مفيد جدا وتم التعلم بشكل جيد وفعال للغايه

By Chelsea R

Jun 16, 2019

Very interesting and a great start for a beginner!

By Oriol M B

Sep 12, 2018

Great videos and explanations! Highly recommended!

By Thuraya

Jun 12, 2018

very clear explanation and straight into the point

By Xinlin L

Jul 13, 2017

It's one of the best online courses I've ever had.

By Iryna I

Oct 20, 2016

Very systematic and full of main knowledge course!

By Ibrahim A

Sep 26, 2016

very nice and amazing time learning in this course

By Shirlena R

Apr 17, 2016

I loved it so. I'm an art maniac so I found it dea

By Tasfia T A

Mar 22, 2021

I liked the course so much .It was so interesting

By Malek F

Feb 11, 2021

Highly recommended this course for graphic lovers

By Tamarha E

Jan 25, 2021

Very well explained, interactive, and fun course.

By Play P

Oct 11, 2020

I learned whats the foundation of graphic design.