About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Students should have computer proficiency, desire to learn creative skills, & access to computer programs or online sites to work on design projects.

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Appreciate the study of design layout and conceptual elements concerning design projects.

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    Analyze basic design concepts to apply in the professional setting, including typography, color theory, image selection, and layout best practices.

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    Design foundational creative projects, including business card, brochures, ads, websites and manuals.

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    Discover techniques for working and communicating with graphic designers and other creative professionals.

Skills you will gain

textual elements and manipulationColor Theoryonline designGraphic DesignPrint Design

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Students should have computer proficiency, desire to learn creative skills, & access to computer programs or online sites to work on design projects.

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Specialization are

  • Technical Writers
  • Designers
  • Marketers
  • HR Specialists
  • Marketing Specialists

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Basic Elements of Design: Design Principles and Design Software

4.5
15 ratings
2 reviews
Course2

Graphic Elements of Design: Color Theory and Image Formats

5.0
5 ratings
Course3

Textual Elements of Design: Fonts, Typography, and Spacing

5.0
6 ratings
Course4

Print and Digital Elements of Design: Branding and User Experience

5.0
7 ratings
1 reviews

Instructor

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Lori Poole

Instructor
College of Media, Communication and Information

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • 3-4 weeks per course, 2-5 hours per week

  • No background experience required! Be ready to learn and explore

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order they are in, but you may bounce around.

  • Communicate design principles and strategies clearly, and start doing your own designs!

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