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Graphic Design

Learn the theory, principles and practices involved in graphic design with this free online Graphic Design course.

Publisher: BCcampus OpenEd
In this free online Graphic Design course, you will be learning graphic design from the ground up. The course is designed for both graphic designers and complete newbies. You will also learn about graphic design theory, practices and principles, as well as about how text and images can be used effectively to create an impact and convey a message to a specific audience, the tools used to do so, and much more!
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
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Traditionally referred to as graphic design, communication design is the process by which messages and images are used to convey information to a targeted audience. In this free online Graphic Design course, you will learn how designing is a form of problem solving, where a system is created to communicate a specific message. The designer breaks the problem into discrete creative activities. From this, solutions are evaluated, both for their perceived impact on the target audience and for their perceived effectiveness.

This free online Graphic Design course begins by teaching you about the history of graphic design, font development, and ultimately its use in books and advertising. The study of semiotics (creating and understanding symbols and the study of sending and receiving visual messages) allowed design students in the twentieth century to understand the parameters of communication, in a more scientific and studied way. Schools such as ITS balanced the stabilizing visual qualities of cleanliness, readability and objectivity with the dynamic use of negative space, asymmetrical composition and full background photography.

In addition, in this online course, you will learn about developing design projects in collaboration with others. You will also learn how the AIDA process works as a structure as well as about using the elements of composition - point, line, color, plane and focal point - how techniques are used for contrast and emphasis, and the importance of typography and organizational systems. This online course will be of interest to anyone wishing to become a graphic designer, those already practicing and experimenting in the field and want to improve their graphic design skills and those who would like to develop a better understanding of the graphic design principles, theories, and practices. Sign up for this online course today to learn graphic design principles, theory and the best practices.

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