With a career in Graphic Design, a lot of what you do is dependent on technology, but technology advances rapidly. That’s why keeping current matters! The best thing you can do for yourself and your career is to keep your skills fresh and up to date.
I know, it’s hard to find the time to learn new skills. You’re likely at your desk during class hours. You have bills to pay and a family to take care of. You may not have the extra money to spend on courses and books.
The best thing about the internet is that you have a world of information at your fingertips. And guess what! That includes the ability to find online courses and learning materials to refresh your design skills for free. So let’s learn a new skill, or sharpen up an old one! Here’s a list of a few free online learning resources for Graphic Design.
This is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. They offer over 1000 free courses in all kinds of studies, not just Graphic Design. With most of them, you can take a test at the end to earn a certificate. If you’ve been in the Graphic Design field for a long time, the certificate may not be as useful as they are uncredited, but if you’re relatively new, that certificate could help establish your credibility when trying to secure a freelance project or new job.
Skillshare offers some courses for free and the rest with a paid subscription. They have a lot of really great courses, some in-depth, and some short. You can learn all kinds of things from mastering logo design to learning Adobe Illustrator to brand identity. The coolest part of this site is that they have an app, so you can take classes anywhere you find yourself with a little extra time. Learn a new skill while you wait for the bus!
Another site that offers some courses for free is Udemy, founded in 2009. Not all of the design courses are free, but there are almost 100 that are. You can filter their catalog to show on the free options. If you decide that you really like a particular instructor, you also have the ability to pull up all the courses taught by the instructor!
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of MIT course content. They don’t have a ton of courses that are specifically about Graphic Design, but they do have some! They do have plenty of other Fine Arts courses that your career can benefit from, as well, such as Photography, Art History, and Digital Typography.
If you’re a creative professional in search of information or inspiration, this is the place for you! This one isn’t really a catalog of online courses, but it’s still really a really helpful source of learning because it has a section of articles and tutorials for designers. Paired with some of the other resources listed in this article, this is a great add-on resource of information when you’re trying to expand your skills.