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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.

Apr 17, 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 Adrien M

Jan 22, 2020

A very nice introductive course!

By Oscar E A

Jan 6, 2020

Muy enriquecedor, lo recomiendo.

By Ivan G A

Apr 17, 2018

Great explanation and activities

By Kolya K

Feb 8, 2018

Basic but super strong. Love it!

By Olena B

May 24, 2017

Thanks for this exciting course!

By Ahmed E

Dec 12, 2016

المناهج الدراسية والمعلم المتميز

By Shaoliang

Nov 15, 2016

Concisely convey the essentials.


Sep 14, 2016

Great intro to the fundamentals.

By Muhammad R M

Jun 24, 2016

This is amazing course I love it

By Rachel K

Feb 22, 2016

Very interesting and insightful!

By Ali N

Dec 29, 2015

Excellent course. I recommend it

By Wendy W

Dec 15, 2015

Comprehensive and useful content

By Ankit J

Oct 8, 2020

Really awesome for basic start.

By Abdullah K

Oct 8, 2020

Good. Basics. Nicely structured

By Shusmita P

Sep 13, 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 8, 2019

Quiky lecturer! He made it fun.

By Roxana G

Aug 30, 2019

Fun, didactic, and challenging.

By Pratik z

Mar 6, 2019

its good to learning new course

By Carolina A

Aug 16, 2018

It is a wonderful way to learn.

By Stephanie H

Feb 8, 2017

Muy bien estructurado el curso.

By Sandy Y

Feb 28, 2016


By Adriana D L S

Jan 19, 2016

Very good course for begginers.

By Vaishali K

Nov 29, 2015

I loved this course. Thank you!