About this Specialization

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In this hands-on specialization, you will explore basic graphic design elements, color theory, images, publication design and techniques for creating effective layouts. You will also learn about typography, the creative process, the importance of brainstorming, and how to discuss and critique design in a professional setting. Page layout software and online sites will be used to incorporate and manipulate text, color, photographs and images. If you are curious about the design process, work on a team with designers and need to speak some of their language, or want to empower the creatives on your team to be even better, this specialization is made for you.
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Basic Elements of Design: Design Principles and Software Overview

4.7
stars
278 ratings
58 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Graphic Elements of Design: Color Theory and Image Formats

4.7
stars
209 ratings
55 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Textual Elements of Design: Fonts, Typography, and Spacing

4.8
stars
70 ratings
19 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Print and Digital Elements of Design: Branding and User Experience

4.8
stars
46 ratings
10 reviews

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University of Colorado Boulder

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  • 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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