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Graphic Design


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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 a 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.


  • Communicate through image-making and typography

  • Complete a capstone project to add to your professional portfolio

  • Gain the fundamental skills needed to be a graphic designer

  • Learn everything you need to know to work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.

6 reviews for Graphic Design

  1. giancarlo g

    Very interesting, I liked the format. Easy to follow, nice excercises. It’s actually good to cover the basics of design, even if you are not an absolute beginner, and especially if you are self taught

  2. leah e

    I have taken graphics coursework at a number of institutions of higher learning. I appreciate the straightforward, simplified and accessible way the information is presented in a logical and sequential format to create a foundational understanding of the essential elements of graphic design. Weeks 3 and 4 are where it really comes together. I found these lectures of such critical importance that I saved them all. For a short term course, without the more extensive commitment of a full 16-week term one might find elsewhere, if one commits the time and effort to undertake all of the assignments, I found as much value in this course as I have in more traditional programs. It’s reminded me of why I love graphic design, and although it’s a basic introductory course, I was excited to undertake these exercises and do it all over again. This class is worth your time, effort and attention. Thank you CalArts and Coursera!

  3. nathaly w

    I really enjoyed how this course was laid out. I took design in high school, but never really grasped the concepts of design until my final year. This course really added a structure to the basic things I already knew and gave me a way to understand them separately, how to use them separately and then smoosh them all together. I had great fun doing the assignments and the course work was explained in a clear and understandable way.

  4. ilias b

    ok, i’m probably not the average student here cause i am old,… saying that i have a fine art qualification and 25 years of ‘almost there’ design experience to have a point of view. ‘almost’ being the important part of it…

    what this module gives you is a very firm understanding of how design works these days. the main lecturer is really good at what he does, and that’s probably the most important part of any teacher-student situation. For personal reasons i committed a bit too much on this course, and i am glad to say that whether you feel like devoting 8 hours a week for it or 28 as i did, there is stuff for you to learn.

    although i already knew pretty much 70% of the material, having the concepts reestablished by this teacher in such structured manner really helped me out.

    If we’re to get sentimental, i can honestly say that i feel this module was the best thing i did this past month, cause through fine art i have been designing for the past 25 years, but this gave me the STRUCTURE to think of DESIGN in relevant terms.


    do it!

    btw.,i’ve tried to be as honest as i can possibly be here, hope it helps. if it was crap i would say it’s crap. but this one isn’t. and of course it’s up to you to fully exploit this wonderful possibility.

  5. karena a

    This course was well thought out and clearly leads the student through the fundamentals of graphic design, creating an excellent foundation for further study. The lectures were interesting and well illustrated. The only flaw I identified was the wording of the last required exercise: Brief 4.1 I struggled to decide exactly what to do, and finally chose to use two shapes in each part of the composition, but not to limit the instances. I interpreted the directions to mean that we could use only two shapes, but that the number of instances was not limited. Other students interpreted this differently and one student downgraded me on this point. I also had trouble reviewing the work of others for this same reason.One student even used typography and I could not review it fairly, since I did not think typographic shapes were included. In addition, that student used more than two different typographic shapes also, so if they were allowed the limit was exceeded. While most of the directions used in this course were excellent and extremely clear, this one caused some confusion. I teach EFL to Chinese students, so this will make me even more aware of my own wording of directions. Thank you.

  6. Maha e z

    I really enjoyed this course, it really sparked my creativity and enhanced my knowledge about graphic design and it’s core fundamentals, I had fun doing the assignments, especially the ones in the 1st week. The instructor is very thorough and breaks down every aspect of graphic design fundamentals in a simple, understandable and also applicable way. I may have had a bit of hiccups due to some difficulties in comprehending the requirements in some assignments, whether if I was allowed to do certain things or not, and more specifically if what I understood was right, I wished there were more elaborations in a kind (Maybe a sample of how the end results should look like : arrangements of pages & such, so students would know if they got it right and also simulate it if they weren’t sure) but I managed to understand & get it done. Overall this is an amazing intro into the world of graphic design.

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