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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....

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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.


Sep 5, 2021

I had a lot of fun in this course. I learnt some extra bits of information related to graphic design and I think it's a great start for beginners as well as good practice for intermediate and experts!

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By Gabriel M B R

Dec 21, 2022

This course is wonderful!

By Munazzah A

Nov 22, 2022

great experience learning

By Deleted A

Aug 2, 2022

Great and helpful coures.

By Fathima A W

Apr 16, 2022

Very helpful and thorough

By Mohamed K

Feb 7, 2022

Great course. learnt alot

By Donny H

Jan 24, 2022

The best course i've had.

By Maleeha S

Dec 5, 2021

It was a excellent course

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Sep 4, 2021

thanks a lot very helpful

By Sneha J

May 12, 2021

All must try this course.


Oct 26, 2020

it' really a ood to learn

By Manjari K

Oct 15, 2020

It was an amazing course.

By Carol J

Aug 5, 2020

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By Mirha N

Jul 31, 2020

I have a great experience


Jun 19, 2020

i learned alot. thank you


May 7, 2020

Amazing flow of contents!

By Ayan S

Mar 8, 2020

very nice and informative

By Rand A

Feb 11, 2019

it was interesting course

By Jobassey T B

Aug 22, 2018

It was a great experience

By Brenda D V S

Jun 4, 2018

great class great teacher

By danilo c

Apr 4, 2017

I really like this course

By Margarita M

May 9, 2016

Great inspiration source!

By Heather K

Jan 16, 2016

Loved this learned a lot.

By Tina B

Dec 27, 2015

Im glad to be part of it.

By Abdul Q

Aug 20, 2022

What an amazing course!


Jul 14, 2021

muy bueno con mucha info