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Students should be somewhat fluent in the use of basic composition-friendly software. PowerPoint, Keynote, and InDesign are all ideal.

Approx. 27 hours to complete
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Learner Career Outcomes

55%

started a new career after completing these courses

43%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

21%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Students should be somewhat fluent in the use of basic composition-friendly software. PowerPoint, Keynote, and InDesign are all ideal.

Approx. 27 hours to complete
English

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University of Colorado Boulder

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Module 1: Getting Started

2 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 32 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
12 videos
(Optional) What's So Great About The Capstone? (For New Learners)3m
(Optional) From Writing to Design; the Handoff2m
(Optional) The Importance of Designing Well1m
Course Overview2m
Course Prerequisites2m
Glossary of Design Terms5m
Professionalism in Design2m
Designing with a Critical Eye1m
Developing a Design Vocabulary1m
The Importance of Inspiration1m
Unexpected Places Yield Unexpected Results4m
3 readings
A Few Important Points About This Course10m
A Glossary of Design Terms15m
Developing a Design Vocabulary10m
1 practice exercise
Glossary Quiz20m
Week
2

Week 2

8 hours to complete

Module 2: The Blank Canvas

8 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 65 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Introducing the Grid4m
The Grid and Audience Perception4m
The Power of Negative Space2m
Introducing the Palette1m
Type Is the Message6m
Type Anatomy5m
Type Families7m
Type Formatting9m
Creating with Type3m
Color and Its Meaning3m
Color and the Natural World3m
Image Treatment2m
Creative Cropping4m
Graphic Elements2m
5 readings
Practicing Building Grids1h 30m
Practicing Negative Space1h 30m
Why Designers Use Templates10m
Practicing Templates10m
Practicing Cropping10m
2 practice exercises
Typeface Quiz20m
Seeing Design 'Tricks' in Action30m
Week
3

Week 3

9 hours to complete

Module 3: Tricks of the Trade

9 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Designing with a Closed Set of Elements: The Clarity Guitars Ad45s
Contrast4m
White Space3m
Repetition in writing, design, and presentation1m
Rhythm or Repetition2m
Sublimation2m
Interlocking Elements2m
Introduction to Tension5m
Tension and Movement4m
Targets and Portals3m
Establishing Priorities2m
4 readings
Using the Closed Set10m
Practicing Contrast 21h
Practicing Tension45m
Practicing Logos45m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Module 4: Revision and Distance

7 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 14 min)
4 videos
You Are Your Own Worst Critic3m
Looking Back at Best Practices4m
Moving Forward: Public Speaking1m
2 practice exercises
Rubric Training Quiz 145m
Rubric Training Quiz 245m

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