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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

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.

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.

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By Tetyana S

Jan 17, 2018

Great course for beginners in graphic design.

By Elizabeth O

Dec 18, 2017

A great way to get started in Graphic Design.

By Melanie J

Mar 31, 2017

A great course to help understand the basics!

By Laura E

Jan 4, 2017

Curso muy interesante. Lo disfruté muchísimo.

By Yeon J L

Jun 30, 2016

Good to know basic elements of graphic design

By Ugbaad M M

Jun 3, 2021

amazing course and I have learned the basics

By Joey G

Apr 20, 2021

Fabulous class, great teacher and curriculum

By Kurdiman T

Mar 28, 2021

Very basic course how to be graphic designer

By Choco L

Jan 16, 2021

Learn to much basic things from this course.

By Mohamed N

Jan 16, 2021

Well structured and informative basic course

By Aastha V

Aug 25, 2020

This course is just awesome for begineers...


Aug 23, 2020

An inspiring intro course to graphic design!

By Sebastian H M

Jul 18, 2020

easy to understand, help me to know de basis

By sisay f a

May 15, 2020

A wonderful basic course to step to the next

By Sandy G

Apr 13, 2020

Great class! Learned a lot! Good instructor.

By Hafiz H Z

Mar 27, 2020

Excellent experience with tutor and platform

By Nikhil J

Oct 2, 2019

Meet all the Requirements as expected by me.

By Magda A

Jan 31, 2019

one of the greatest courses i ever attendant

By Fatima H S E I S

Sep 16, 2018

I learned a lot of skills. it is very useful

By Penny

Sep 14, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, thank you!

By Alina M P

Apr 25, 2018

Fresh and motivating. I enjoyed it very much

By Chriz P P

Nov 13, 2017

A good kickstart to learn graphic designing.

By Delphine G

Mar 3, 2016

Great course! High quality. Good peer review

By Shu S

Feb 7, 2016

I like design much ,this course will be nice

By 苏 拉

Dec 18, 2015

Very practical course, making complex simple