Here are free courses to learn graphic design


Graphic design is continually becoming a highly-sought-after specialisation globally due to its importance in modern information. The high demand is due to its imperative in the print economy and other sectors of the global economy.

Graphic designers are needed for logos, calendars, book covers, fliers, hand bills, products packaging, motion graphics, advertisement, editorials and a host of other products that require persuasive message.

Graphic design involves the combination of text, topography, illustration, typography, picture and host of others in a manner that enhances effective communication. It is the use of computer software to combine text and pictures for effective communication. It is also known as pictorial communication. Graphic designers have discerning eyes and knowledge of computer tools to design and build fancy products.

A career in graphic design can be a rewarding venture that could enable one to get both part-time and full-time jobs that could help companies looking for a voice to sell their products.

With the soaring rate of unemployment, graphic design could be an ample opportunity for our youths to get jobs. There are a lot of free graphic design courses on the internet today which can be accessed from anywhere by everybody, and they require just the basics of computer knowledge. Graphic design courses can be learned by virtually everybody that has access to computer and is ready to learn.

Here are free graphic design courses:


Canvas design school offers lessons, tutorials, resources and articles that are useful for potential graphic designers to learn the canvas design software. The canvas software is available in android, IOS and desktop version. Canvas design software can be downloaded from their website. They also have an online design repository if you do not want to download the software.

Creative pro:

Creative pro is an online graphic design course with a “How-To” section for helping potential graphic designers. They have a lot of video tutorials and articles that guide graphic designers on how to design stunning graphics. They teach users on Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. The issue with their site is that the How-To articles are not organised.


CreativeLive offers a wide range of online graphic design courses. They have a lot of free video tutorials that could help one to learn graphic design. Though the full course is not free, their free video tutorials are very helpful in teaching graphic design.


Skillshare is an online ICT learning platform that offers a wide variety of courses, including graphic design. Among the courses offered by Skillshare are marketing, videography and graphic design which include free premium plans.

Skillshare courses offer option for interaction with the instructors and the co-learners, optional assignments and feedback.


Kadenze offers introduction to graphic illustration that was designed by Cornish College of Arts and Graphic Design History designed by Maryland Institute’s College of Arts. The course focuses on the integration of design skills and principles. It covers topics on digital tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

Veerle Graphic Blog:

This blog is dedicated to learners of graphic design. Veerle blog contains a wide selection of video tutorials, articles, and documentations for the learning of graphic design. Veerle offers new graphic designers tips for using design software.

Teach Yourself Graphic Design: A Self-Study Course Outline

This is an outlined article designed for self-study written by Sean Hodge. It contains comprehensive topics that are broken down to help learners.

Alison Online:

Alison online has a very rich number of free graphic design courses for new graphic designers. It has virtually all courses for every type of design tool one wants to use.


Udemy has introduction to graphic design course that is designed for new graphic designers. There are both free and premium courses in graphic design. The premium course has certificate at completion. There a lot of other free graphic design courses.

Beginners guide to graphic design:

This is a free e-book for new graphic designers and it can be downloaded. Though there are many other free graphic design courses, these one are handful to anybody that want to learn graphic design and move from novice to expert.

Mohammed Yusha’u Saluhu
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