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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

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.

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 Jason C

Aug 30, 2020

Excellent introductory course. Lessons were engaging and projects were exciting.

By Smruti A P

Jun 27, 2020

It was a wonderful course. Looking forward to do more courses from the institute

By carlos p

Jun 13, 2019

En dos semanas de estudios ya se abrió para mi un gran panorama de conocimientos

By Sujay S

Feb 22, 2019

All basics covered. Hands on projects/assignments were cool and was fun to work.

By Nuria M F

Dec 8, 2018

It has been very pleasant and very useful. A fantastic base to continue learning

By David A V D S

Apr 12, 2018

It is worthwhile to follow this course, it will be worth a lot to reach the end!

By Karin E

Feb 28, 2018

Wonderful class! Look forward to taking the next in this specialization! Thanks!

By Rituja

Jan 16, 2018

The course drives home certain basic principles of design. Extremely insightful!

By Николай К

Nov 27, 2016

Really useful and totally inspiring course! Highly recommended the novice you or

By Iris D

May 24, 2016

It's really interesting, well paced, engaging... A really nice course, for sure!

By Priscila G

May 15, 2016

Great course, entertaining assignments, a lot of information. Good way to start.

By vishnu r

Feb 5, 2016

A really good course for beginners. Lets you know the basics of graphics design.

By Enaal N A

Oct 11, 2020

I was very happy and benefited. Thanks for everyone who taught us and helped us

By Luis C

Sep 15, 2020

Excelente, creo que abre la puerta hacia lo que es el mundo del Diseño Gráfico.

By Matthew L

Jul 26, 2020

Wonderful, fast-paced outline of how to begin to think like a graphic designer.


Jul 20, 2020

very good course, i learnt too many thing about Fundamental of Graphic Designer

By sunanda c

May 21, 2020

it was a great experience and i am much excited to learn more on graphic design


May 4, 2020

Great course! helped me a lot to understand the fundamentals of graphic design.

By Yehiam Y

Apr 3, 2020

Very interesting process, it opens the mind to new areas of thought, thank you!

By Elaine L

Mar 22, 2020

I have lernt a lot from the course. I can pick anytime to study, which is good.

By Kori B

Sep 17, 2019

Great class! Would take is again just to work on my skill and get peer reviews.

By Mohammed A

Jul 31, 2019

I loved this course and really gave me a basic understanding of graphic design.

By Soh W K

Oct 7, 2018

Absolutely a must for people who are serious about getting into Graphics Design