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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 Uriel E C M

Nov 5, 2020

muyy buenooo me ayudo! mucho! a aprender!

By Vishal C

Sep 28, 2020

very good course, I learn a lot from this

By Stephanie A R P

Aug 11, 2020

Muy completo, bastante interactivo y util

By Gergana K

Jul 1, 2020

I love the course it was very satisfying.

By Enrico J

Apr 8, 2019

It is a great course and I learned a lot!

By Sara M I M

Nov 19, 2018

A very useful and necessary basic course.

By Nina R

Apr 6, 2017

It was really good for beginners like me.

By Juliecel P

Mar 6, 2021

Thank you for this learning opportunity!

By Rupa C

Mar 3, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this course!!

By Nicole

Jan 27, 2021

Very interesting and easy to understand.


Jan 22, 2021

Excellent course. Well explained videos.

By Nishanth T

Nov 26, 2020

Great introductory course. Very helpful!


Sep 29, 2020

Good to learning more about the graphics

By María V L

Sep 27, 2020

Excellent introduction to graphic design

By Abhishek P

Sep 23, 2020

very good course and very well explained

By alicekim

Sep 9, 2020

I really enjoy the courses!! Thanks alot


Sep 6, 2020

Really enjoyed my time doing this course


Aug 24, 2020

it was a great experience and i loved it

By Asmita H

Jul 22, 2020

I loved it. It was very helpful and fun.

By Baisali R

Jul 17, 2020

It was an amazing experience. Thank you!

By Randall M

May 16, 2020

Quite an interesting foundational course

By Iván J V

Mar 18, 2020

i loved this course. it was very useful!

By Jose G M A

Mar 8, 2020

It is so amazing, I have learnt so much.

By Anand V

Jun 27, 2018

Really helped me to learn graphic design

By Катерина Ф

Feb 27, 2018

I liked the course! Thanks for the work!