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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.


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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Aug 3, 2020

A basic idea of a tool to employ skills of graphic design would have been helpful

By Allison W

Jan 29, 2019

Needs to be much more fleshed out. Create subsidiary courses for each topic!

By Marcella S M S

May 23, 2020

Nicely done and fun to follow. With useful practice, but very basic indeed.

By Egle K

Nov 27, 2020

it was way too basic for me , but after all its fundamentals course right.


May 5, 2021

A bit basic for anyone with experience. Perfect for anyone without

By Mi Z

May 6, 2018

It teaches you the basic processes and techniques of image making.

By Pratishtha A

Apr 28, 2020

I would prefer a few tutorials on how to implement digital design

By Jackie F

Oct 4, 2017

Very basic overview of graphic design, learned some new things!

By Julia G

Mar 28, 2019

The course is good but the actual lectures could be more fun.

By Kathleen A L

Aug 20, 2021

These courses were much more elementary than advertised.

By Angelina W

Jul 23, 2020

very easy, many lessons seemed just like common sense ??

By Roshni G

Jul 2, 2017

Interesting topic, but the way it's presented is boring.

By aman g

Mar 29, 2016

Nice course to understand the basics of graphic design

By Catérine K

Nov 1, 2021

It was a bit too basic to me, but nicely organised.

By Shaktidharan V

Aug 5, 2020

It is a Good course but it mostly watching videos

By Lukas F

Aug 28, 2019

Often feels a bit too superficial and basic

By Abdihamid M M

Jan 8, 2021

this course isn't for me.

thank you

By Ivy T

Jul 30, 2020

Looks a bit outdated. A bit boring

By Jordan

May 31, 2019

Could use a few updated changes.

By Lulu

Feb 11, 2016

lecturer could be more personal

By Dixit U

Nov 17, 2020

avarage course not preferable.

By Dean C

Oct 22, 2017

Good but very beginner level.

By Natalia K

Dec 29, 2015

It is good for beginners only

By Remington C

Dec 7, 2015

Bit too simple for my liking.

By Ieva

Oct 3, 2020

the lessons were very basic