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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


Apr 18, 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.


Aug 21, 2018

Very interesting, I liked the format. Easy to follow, nice excercises. It's actually good to cover the basics of design, even if you are not an absolute beginner, and especially if you are self taught

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By Kantoci

Nov 24, 2015

Interesting and funny assignments!

By Marishka-Kaye M

Sep 21, 2016

Excellent course! Learned so much and the modules were easy to follow. I would recommend this to anyone.

By maria K

Mar 13, 2017

great course!

By Ricardo I

Oct 13, 2017

Great course! Introductory but motivational; very professionally thought and performed; very nice assignments to learn making. Congratulations.

By Andrey A

Jan 04, 2017

Creative course

By Rachael B

Jun 15, 2017

Love this course! I am not a designer and I am not going to be a designer, but I work in creative industries as a Producer and it was really beneficial for my work.

By Julija L

Feb 04, 2018

Really interesting course and a good pack of information.

By Ana P B

Feb 17, 2016

Very good and educational contents. Great practical exercises that help develop knowledge.

By Anastasia S

Dec 19, 2016

I Like this course! I have had some knowledge about colors and composition before, but this course helped me to organize them. Also, I got some new skills about typography.

By 赵煜煌

Nov 02, 2015


By Gideon I

Feb 09, 2016

I am enjoying the course as a beginner in graphic design, i am also taking practical classes on PS, Corel draw and In design. i believe strongly that this specialization will give me the much needed edge.

By Georgi K

Mar 11, 2016

Very good introduction course with explorational aspect!

By Tina B

Dec 27, 2015

Im glad to be part of it.

By Veronika S L

Nov 06, 2015

I've been working with designers as the client for 5-7 years now - I foudn this extremely interesting to get little bit of insight in what the potential is.

By akshayaa

Mar 27, 2017

Very interesting and a beautiful course that gives you the essential basics needed for the graphic designer.

By Estefany P S

Mar 21, 2018

great introduction to the core of the art, helpful exercises and encourages you to keep practicing and having fun.

By Giselle D P

Apr 25, 2016

The learning process is a complete experience, full of knowledge, good videos and excellent teachers. I think is a 5 stars quality course, because of the amount of tools teachers give. Each one special and necessary.

Graphic Design is about making our soul, heart and brain work together. I believe this course is a great way to get this team to complete our expectations.

By Natalia

Feb 11, 2016

Extremely helpful course even for experienced graphic designers

By Iris D

May 24, 2016

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

By Shirlena R

Apr 17, 2016

I loved it so. I'm an art maniac so I found it dea

By Alexandra

Nov 12, 2015

Just watched the first week and I am already excited about it! Please, I BEG YOU, make the Graphic design specialization! :)

By Cecilia P

Apr 28, 2016

Great introduction for a broad theme!

By Kolya K

Feb 08, 2018

Basic but super strong. Love it!

By Jesus B

Mar 10, 2016

Good course

By Tacia

Feb 04, 2016

Really helpful! Thanks for this course.