Design Basics

Code: GRDN1000

Course description

Principles of Design (balance, alignment, repetition, consistency, contrast) and the Elements of Design (line, shape, mass, movement, texture, color) will be explored in order to provide a basic set of tools for you to work with. You will explore fonts and basic typography, as well as simple layout concepts. The Rule of Thirds, the use of columns and grids, along with the importance of white space will be explained, as well as how to use the visual center of a piece to create balance and unity in a design. Through a study of compositional movement, you will begin to see how a viewer's eye moves through a design and how to put design concepts into practice, and make use of fundamental principles to construct the invisible underlying structure that is essential to effective graphic design.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Start Date
Start Date: Jan. 15, 2019
Delivery: Online
Campus: Online
Cost: $432.06
End date: Apr. 23, 2019
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Equivalent to: None

Additional information: This course is offered through OntarioLearn. Find out more about OntarioLearn courses and booking your exams.

Textbooks can be purchased from No substitutions unless otherwise stated.

Required textbook(s):

Textbook title: The Non-Designer's Design Book Author: Robin Williams Publisher: Pearson Education Edition: ISBN: 9780133966151

Host college: LO

Not all courses are offered each term. Spring 2019 registration opens February 4, 2019. Fall 2019 registration opens July 8, 2019.