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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 rakibur r

Jul 13, 2020

Good Liked the way of teaching

By J2 J

Jul 9, 2020

very infomative and intresting

By Misbah I

May 31, 2020

intrusting but more time taken

By Chiara D L

May 24, 2020

Very interesting and creative!

By Anuoshah S

May 4, 2020

Basic Graphic Designing skills

By P R A

Apr 15, 2020

An amazing course for beginner

By Art F D S

Feb 12, 2019

Very detailed and informative.

By Anastasia O

Apr 28, 2018

Very informative and exciting.

By Veronica V

Nov 5, 2017

Excellent introductory course!

By Maria L G A

May 29, 2017

Really good course. I love it.

By liangzi l

Mar 1, 2017

nice course,very helpful class

By Hamid A

Oct 27, 2016

great course and great lecture

By Zaki W A

Mar 19, 2016

Very interactive and effective

By Barbora B

Mar 18, 2016

Useful and interesting course.

By Nilsa C S

Jan 10, 2016

Awesome course! Learned a lot.


Aug 17, 2020

Best online Courses available

By Muhammad O M

Aug 10, 2020

Very informative and hands on

By Samriddhi K

Aug 3, 2020

Fun, interactive, educational

By Daniela P

Jul 7, 2020

I love it! Thank you so much!

By Marcela P

Jun 23, 2020

Pretty neat

I really liked it

By harish s

Jun 7, 2020

the way of teaching was good

By Swej

Jun 7, 2020

This helpful for the beginner

By Alena E

Apr 24, 2020

Wonderful, i learned so much.


Apr 19, 2020

overall the content is a good

By Magdalena P S G

Mar 28, 2020

Really easy to follow and fun