About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
12%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Serbian
Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
12%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
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. 6 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Serbian

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

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stars
9,888 ratings
2,511 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Introduction to Typography

4.8
stars
3,747 ratings
752 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Introduction to Imagemaking

4.5
stars
1,904 ratings
391 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Ideas from the History of Graphic Design

4.7
stars
1,646 ratings
335 reviews

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  • To complete the assignments in most of the courses in this Specialization you will need access to a computer. It's the tool where most graphic design ends up in one way or another. Access to, and a beginner's level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as In Design, Illustrator or Photoshop will be needed to complete some assignments. For some courses you will also need some art materials as well.

    Specific information on tools and materials are outlined in the first week of each course.

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