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Visual Design

Gain the vocabulary and tools to tackle diverse design challenges on the job. Kickstart your portfolio and create beautiful, responsive designs for the web.

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‣ Design plays a critical role in the success of any endeavor, whether it’s launching a new product, building a personal brand, or delivering a presentation.

‣ At the end of this course, you’ll be able to use design tools, design principles, and practical design techniques to visually communicate your ideas in meaningful and compelling ways.


‣ This is a beginner-friendly programme with no prerequisites, although many students have used software such as Photoshop, Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD previously and may be familiar with basic visual and graphic design principles.

‣ Beginners will have access to optional tutorials to practice using software and boost their confidence ahead of class.


‣ Aspiring designers who wish to gain a foundational knowledge of design and by kick off their design portfolio.

‣ UX Designers who want to create high-fidelity mockups instead of just wireframes or sketches so they can more clearly articulate their design solutions.

‣ Print Designers by providing them the ability to make the switch to digital and gives valuable access to experienced practitioners to help hone their digital design skills.

‣ Some of the students that can benefit from this course are digital marketers, developers, product managers, etc.


‣ Take on challenging design problems, come up with creative solutions, and mock them up in production-ready detail.

‣ Apply the fundamentals of layout, typography, and color theory to create a landing page that you can use as a portfolio piece.

‣ Use industry-standard tools such as Photoshop to design high-fidelity compositions.

‣ Use the technical vocabulary required to communicate with Visual Designers and User Interface Designers.

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Course Outline

Unit 1: Photoshop for Web Design
  • Orientation & Photoshop for Web Design, Part 1

  • Photoshop for Web Design, Part 2

Unit 2: Design Discovery
  • Research

  • Ideation

Unit 3: Composition Principles for the Web
  • Contrast & Similarity

  • Gestalt Principles in Web Design

Unit 4: Colour Theory for Web Design
  • Colour Theory 

  • Colour for the Web

Unit 5: Web Typography
  • Fonts & Typefaces

  • Composition with Type

Unit 6: Designing Interfaces and Interactions
  • UX Fundamentals

  • Designing for Interaction

Unit 7: Responsive Design
  • Responsive Design

  • Flexible Session

Unit 8: Final Presentations
  • Present the decision-making process of your design work.

  • Give and receive feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Inside Our Best-in-Class Curriculum

Real-World Portfolio Projects

Graduate with a polished capstone project: A production-ready mockup of a responsive webpage. You’ll build a process presentation deck to showcase how your work evolved from concept, to sketch, to final piece.

Individualised Instructor Support

Get guidance, feedback, and more from experts who are dedicated to supporting your learning and career goals. Get individual feedback and guidance from instructors and TAs during office hours. Stay motivated and make the most of your experience with the help of GA's dedicated team. 

Global Network of 100K+ Alumni

Create connections with peers that last well beyond your time in the classroom. As part of the GA alumni community, you’ll gain access to networking events and workshops to keep evolving your career for years to come.

Elite Instructors

These design experts bring in-depth experience from the field to the classroom each day, providing invaluable insights into succeeding on the job. 

GA instructors* are committed to providing personalised feedback and support to help you gain confidence with key concepts and tools.

*GA instructors are subject to their availability

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are visual design skills relevant today?

More than pushing pixels, design is the superpower behind the success of many companies. According to InVision, 92% of mature design organisations can draw a straight line from the efforts of their design team to their company’s revenue.

Design knowledge is also a boon to individual careers. Burning Glass reports that more than a half of tech and IT jobs now require some form of digital design, as well as 815,000 open roles in other industries. Whether you’re creating a digital product, an ad campaign, or a presentation, strong visual communication is critical to convey ideas in meaningful and compelling ways.

What are the professional backgrounds of visual design students?

Visual design skills are a powerful extension to a variety of professional backgrounds. You’ll find a diverse range of students in the classroom, including:

  • Product designers and UX practitioners who are striving for higher-fidelity mockups to more clearly communicate design solutions. InVision reports that 66% of UX designer job postings require UI skills.

  • Digital marketers who are aiming to independently create assets for digital marketing campaigns on for email, social media, and the web.

  • Web developers who are looking to pair visual and graphic design experience with programming skills to build products that are both functional and beautiful.

  • Print or graphic designers who want to switch to digital.

Ultimately, this programme attracts students that are interested in gaining a foundation in digital design and kicking off their portfolios.

Will I earn a certificate?

Yes! Upon passing this course, you will receive a signed certificate of completion. Thousands of GA alumni use their course certificate to demonstrate skills to employers and their LinkedIn networks. GA’s Visual Design course is well-regarded by many top employers, who contribute to our curriculum and use our design programmes to train their own teams.

Are there any prerequisites for this visual design course?

This is a beginner-friendly programme with no prerequisites, although many students have used software such as Photoshop, Sketch, Figma, or Adobe XD* previously and may be familiar with basic visual and graphic design principles. Beginners will have access to optional tutorials to practice using software and boost their confidence ahead of class.

Our Admissions team can discuss your background and learning goals to advise if this course is a good fit for you.

*The design software used in this course varies by market.

Who teaches this course?

Our instructors represent the best and brightest visual design professionals who have designed for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Nike, and Redbull. They combine in-depth knowledge as practitioners with a passion for nurturing the next generation of talent.

We work with a large pool of experienced instructors around the world.

Can I work full-time while enrolled in this course?

Yes! All of our part-time courses are designed for busy professionals with full-time work commitments.

You will be expected to spend time working on homework and projects outside of class hours each week, but the workload is designed to be manageable with a full-time job.

If you need to miss a session or two, we offer resources to help you catch up. We recommend you discuss any planned absences with your instructor.

What projects will I work on during the course?

Throughout the course, you’ll complete a number of smaller projects designed to reinforce what you’ve learned in each unit, all of which culminate in a final portfolio piece you can show off to stakeholders and future employers. Apply the concepts and tools you’ve learned to create a high-fidelity mockup for a responsive webpage. You’ll also build a process presentation deck to accompany your design that demonstrates how your work evolved from idea, to rough sketch, to polished piece. 

We encourage you to tackle a design challenge that’s related to your work or a passion project you’ve been meaning to carve out time for.