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Fundamentals of Graphic Design

California Institute of the Arts via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Graphic Design is all around us! Words and pictures—the building blocks of graphic design—are the elements that carry the majority of the content in both the digital world and the printed world. As graphic design becomes more visible and prevalent in our lives, graphic design as a practice becomes more important in our culture.

Through visual examples, this course will teach you the fundamental principles of graphic design: imagemaking, typography, composition, working with color and shape... foundational skills that are common in all areas of graphic design practice. I don't just want you to watch a video of someone talking about design, I want you to MAKE design! If you want to be a designer you have to be a maker and a communicator, so this course will offer you lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty with exercises and with more practical projects.

At the end of this course you will have learned how to explore and investigate visual representation through a range of image-making techniques; understand basic principles of working with shape, color and pattern; been exposed to the language and skills of typography; and understand and have applied the principles of composition and visual contrast. If you complete the course, along with its optional (but highly recommended) briefs, you will have a core set of graphic design skills that you can apply to your own projects, or to more deeply investigate a specialized area of graphic design.

To succeed in this course you will need access to a computer. You can complete this course without one but it will be tougher. Access to, and a beginner's level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign will help you, especially if you want to complete the optional briefs.

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Michael Worthington

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Reviews for Coursera's Fundamentals of Graphic Design
3.9 Based on 18 reviews

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Oliver T
3.0 4 years ago
by Oliver completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I basically really liked the course. It has a hands-on approach -- you get to produce lots of content instead of just answering questions for quizzes. There were some, but they were way too simple and just good for replicating facts from the videos.

I really disliked that there were some issues that needed information from a teaching assistent (unclear assignments), but all the participants were left alone in the discussion forums.
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Lucas M
4.0 4 months ago
Lucas completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I was looking for a graphic design course and I was undecided between this one and "Graphic Design" from Colorado Boulder... so I took both! I hope this review helps you pick one of them or maybe take both as well.

"Graphic Design" is a lot more pragmatic and to the point. It provides a lot of rules of thumb, practical advice and practical exercises.

While there is some overlap, this course is a bit drier and more theoretical. It also provides unique value specially in the final week when you start analyzing a picture and decomposing elements.

I would say "Graphic Design" brings all of its concepts together a bit better, but anyone taking either course is gonna cover the basics well enough that they could start designing some nice things!

Overall, if I had to recommend a single one, that'd be the course from Colorado Boulder, but if you can take both I'd say that's even better.
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Arthur A
5.0 3 years ago
by Arthur completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It is really great for beginners! this course focus on four parts of graphic design,i.e. image, type, shape&color,and composition. I am just finished two week, it is really easy and interesting! I very like it!
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I thought this was a mooc? Seems you have to pay. But I can't be sure as the register button didn't work.
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Not up to par with what I expect from a school like CalArts. The class seems unorganized and not well thought out.
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