How to Learn Graphic Designing

If you find that you’re really interested in creating designs and how to make websites more user friendly, then you may want to learn more about graphic design. Graphic design is a diverse field with lots of different topics to learn about. Learning graphic design allows you to study things like art, user experience, color and design theory, typography, or web design. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to learn about these topics by taking classes in graphic design or even studying them on your own.

  1. 1 Take art history and drawing classes if you’re in high school. Any class that focuses on the visual arts, including painting, art history, and photography, will help you develop your artistic skills and broaden your understanding of how art works. If your high school doesn’t offer these courses, see if there’s a local college that offers courses or summer programs in the arts for high school students.[1]
    • Other high school classes that are useful for graphic design include English courses, computer courses, and even business courses.
  2. 2 Opt for free online courses in graphic design if you want to save money. There are lots of websites, video tutorials, and free online programs that will teach you the basic elements of graphic design and help you learn and practice graphic design on your own. Although these methods usually don’t have as much structure to them as an in-person class, they won’t cost you any money to take.[2]
    • Some websites that offer free graphic design courses include,, and
    • Some universities, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also offer graphic designs courses free online to the public.
  3. 3 Enroll in a local certificate or associate’s degree program in design. If you’d rather learn graphic design in a structured program or from an in-person instructor, you’d probably be better served completing an entire program in the field. Check with colleges in your area to see if any of them offer short programs in graphic design that you could enroll in.[3]
    • Note that if you’re interested in making a career out of graphic design, an associate’s degree by itself probably won’t be enough to make you a competitive job candidate.
  4. 4 Get a bachelor’s degree in design if you want this to be a career. Hundreds of schools offer 4-year degree programs in graphic design, both in-person and online. Not only do many lucrative design jobs require you to have a degree in graphic design, but pursuing a bachelor’s in the field is a good way for you to network with other designers who can help your career in the long run.[4]
    • Classes in graphic design degree programs typically include courses in studio art, principles of design, commercial graphics, web design, and advertising.
    • You’ll most likely also take a number of courses focused on graphics-related computer technology.
    • Your program may also include courses in tangentially related fields, like business and marketing.
  1. 1 Practice drawing every day to build your basic artistic skills. Spend at least 30 minutes every day drawing the things around you in as much detail as you can. This will help train both your eye and your hands to produce detailed and impressive art.[5]
    • Your drawings can be as simple as the objects around you or as complex as landscapes you visualize in your head. The important thing is that you spend time every day exercising your artistic ability.
    • If you’re a complete beginner, start by drawing…
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