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Fundamentals of Graphic Design

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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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Rating 4.7 based on 1,333 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 5-8 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From California Institute of the Arts via Coursera
Instructor Michael Worthington
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Language English
Subjects Programming Art & Design Humanities
Tags Computer Science Design And Product Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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peer review

The peer reviewed work are excellent for they encourage communication and constructive criticism between students.It may seem too simple at first but the fundamental insights you gain in this course become very noticeable when you start looking at simple design pieces around you with new eyes.

Realy cool Pretty good, educational GOOD It was fantastic in the fact that the content taught was clear and informative.The only problem that I had was so many of the projects (although optional) were peer reviewed.

Many of the other students were very talented and it was fun to see their work during Peer Review.

A lot of the material given in the lecture was intuitive, but I thought it was extremely valuable to see all of the different examples the instructor showed, and the peer review process was also helpful (not only to get feedback on your own work, but to see the way all your classmates approached the same prompt) A great introduction to graphic design.

At the same time, it also gives you ample opportunity to make graphic design through its multiple peer reviewed assignments.

I appreciate the peer review, but hearing from someone with experience can be very reassuring.

Good peer review Very good course for starters who want to understand - Good Work ;) !

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highly recommended

Highly recommended course as a foundation for anything in the creative industries.

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Highly recommended the novice you or It's very very basic, I know it's considered an introductory course but I expected more.

Highly recommended Perfect short introduction to Graphic Design.I wish I could have dedicated more time for the optional assignments!

Highly recommended as an antidote to all the Photoshop tutorials out there.

So you will have Fun and Challenge :)Highly recommended.

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Looking forward to continue with other courses in this specialization!Lectures and lecturers are very clear.

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I learnt so much from you and I felt like it was well organized and exactly what I was looking for.

simple video materials and a lot of practice is exactly what I needed.Cool-cool This course gives a basic material but really useful.

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Exactly what I needed Absolutely awesome course!

Probably a lot of things are basics but this was exactly what I was looking for.

This is more about learning how to create art in general, not exactly what I'm looking for.

It's exactly what I was looking for, the basics of desing: color and shapes.

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Look forward to taking the next in this specialization!

Looking forward to taking up more of such courses :) I FIND THE MATERIAL REALLY GOOD AND EASY TO FOLLOW, THE ASSIGNMENTS ARE VERY HELPFUL TO FULLY UNDERSTAND EACH CHAPTER.

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An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Graphic Design & Multimedia $43k

Graphic Design Ambassador $50k

Graphic Design and Photography $51k

Graphic Design/ Technical $51k

Lecturer, Graphic Design $53k

Faculty Graphic Design $56k

Marketing, Graphic Design $61k

Web and Graphic Design $71k

Critic in Graphic Design $71k

Graphic Design Editor $73k

Motion/Graphic Design $74k

Graphic Design/3D $94k

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Rating 4.7 based on 1,333 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 5-8 hours/week
Starts Oct 12 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $79
From California Institute of the Arts via Coursera
Instructor Michael Worthington
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming Art & Design Humanities
Tags Computer Science Design And Product Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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