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What you will learn

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    Implement the fundamentals of color: visual, rhythm, and pattern in design

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    Learn the techniques of image making and create your own series of images

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    Typeset text and experiment with letter forms

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    Use scale, weight, direction, texture, and space in a composition

Skills you will gain

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Course 1 of 5 in the

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 5-8 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
6 hours to complete

Week 1: Fundamentals of Imagemaking

13 videos (Total 57 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
Denotative Imagemaking 22m
Techniques of Imagemaking 12m
Techniques of Imagemaking 22m
Techniques of Imagemaking 34m
Process, Generation, Iteration4m
Imagemaking Demo 1: Printing with an Object8m
Imagemaking Demo 2: Duct Tape Prints5m
Imagemaking Demo 3: Improvised "Light Table"4m
Connotative Imagemaking 15m
Connotative Imagemaking 24m
4 readings
Why study graphic design?6m
About this course10m
About the assignments10m
Course Tools10m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Week 2: Fundamentals of Typography

12 videos (Total 53 min), 3 quizzes
12 videos
Type Size: The Point System3m
Typesetting Text4m
Typefaces, Fonts and Type Families4m
Typeface Categories4m
Denotation in Type6m
Connotation in Type9m
Looking at Letterforms4m
Experimenting with Letterforms5m
Typographic Composition4m
1 practice exercise
Typography20m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Week 3: Fundamentals of Shape and Color

10 videos (Total 52 min), 3 quizzes
10 videos
Marks, Icons, and Symbols3m
Negative/Positive, Figure/Ground8m
Working with Color5m
The Color Wheel4m
Mixing Color: Paint, Print and Screen6m
Rhythm and Pattern 14m
Rhythm and Pattern 28m
1 practice exercise
Shape and Color20m
Week
4
8 hours to complete

Week 4: Fundamentals of Composition

11 videos (Total 70 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Single Contrasts2m
Multiple Contrasts9m
Type Contrasts4m
Image Contrasts6m
Composition in a Single Image5m
Cropping and Hierarchy9m
Composition in Context14m
Conclusion1m
6 readings
What's next?5m
About this section3m
Choosing a design program6m
Building your portfolio4m
Design portfolio tips4m
Writing your artist statement3m
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Top reviews from Fundamentals of Graphic Design

By ARApr 18th 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.

By CSMay 10th 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.

Instructor

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Michael Worthington

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design
School of Art

About California Institute of the Arts

CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. ...

About the Graphic Design Specialization

Graphic design is all around us, in a myriad of forms, both on screen and in print, yet it is always made up of images and words to create a communication goal. This four-course sequence exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. The sequence is completed by a capstone project that applies the skills of each course and peer feedback in a finished branding project suitable for a professional portfolio. The goal of this specialization is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the field of graphic design. This core skill set will equip learners for formal studies in graphic design, and a starting point for further work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design....
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