About this Specialization
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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 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Serbian

What you will learn

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    Communicate through image-making and typography

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    Complete a capstone project to add to your professional portfolio

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    Gain the fundamental skills needed to be a graphic designer

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

Skills you will gain

Visual CommunicationBranding CommunicationGraphic DesignArt HistoryTypography

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 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Serbian

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

4.8
6,002 ratings
1,451 reviews
Course2

Introduction to Typography

4.8
2,624 ratings
525 reviews
Course3

Introduction to Imagemaking

4.5
1,405 ratings
283 reviews
Course4

Ideas from the History of Graphic Design

4.7
1,151 ratings
224 reviews

Instructors

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Michael Worthington

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design
School of Art
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Louise Sandhaus

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design
School of Art
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Anther Kiley

Instructor
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Gail Swanlund

Faculty in Graphic Design
School of Art
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Lorraine Wild

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design
School of Art

About California Institute of the Arts

CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • 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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