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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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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 Mahika M

Jul 10, 2020

It was very educational

By Muhammad A

Jun 30, 2020

Amazing Course Content!

By Mostaque B

May 14, 2020

Explained wonderfully !

By A. S N M

Apr 3, 2020

we learn so many things

By Carolina A G

Jan 16, 2020

Excelent for begginers.

By mohammed a a

Dec 6, 2017

Outstanding experience!

By Mufizul I

Jan 28, 2017

Thanks for the lessons!

By Cristal S

Sep 26, 2016

Fun, brief introduction

By Rony S

May 25, 2016

Wow what a course it is

By Gustavo P

Mar 9, 2016

Great course and tutor.

By Yandra P L d O

Jan 8, 2016

Simple and effective!!!

By Johanne E

Aug 14, 2022

Thanks very compelling

By Yussuan R A

Oct 27, 2021

Was a very good course

By Lana D

Oct 22, 2021

the course was amazing

By Ana S P

Jul 2, 2021


By Sandra C S

Dec 7, 2020

Good learning platform

By Janani V R

Sep 4, 2020

Its a wonderful course

By Jeanne A C

Aug 28, 2020

Excellent from A to Z.

By Daniela P T B

Jul 16, 2020

Thanks for everything.

By El

Jun 21, 2020

j'adore c'étais facile

By Keerthana y

Jun 7, 2020

learnt a lot thank you

By Aadam b

Dec 7, 2019

I like graphic design.

By Potocska F ( Z

Jul 4, 2019

It could use an update

By Ahmed F e

Sep 29, 2018

this course very good