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What are the Different Types of Design Courses?

By G. Wiesen
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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There are many different types of design courses, though they are typically aimed at helping someone learn about a particular area of design. Courses in graphic design, for example, are usually intended to teach someone interested in creating illustrations or visual designs for commercial products and services. Interior design, on the other hand, is typically taught through courses that focus on decoration of indoor areas, use of space, and color theory that affects how a room should be designed. There are also courses in website design that focus on teaching the coding necessary for making websites, as well as principles of usability and graphic design.

Design courses are classes that focus on various elements of design, usually based on the type of career in which such designs are to be used. Courses in graphic design, for example, often focus on the use of various illustration techniques to create images for use in commercial enterprises. These courses also tend to include instruction on the use of computer software for the creation of such designs. Design courses in color theory and how color affects a viewer, the use of space in a composition, understanding the needs of businesses, and the principles of graphic design are all common for graphic design training.

Someone interested in interior design, on the other hand, would typically attend courses that focus on various aspects of indoor decoration. Interior design involves the use of color, furniture, and other decorations to create a space within a room that is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Interior design classes might focus on the use of color with relation to how a person feels within a space, the history of interior design with a focus on different historical styles and fashions, and an understanding of how physical space within a room affects those who see it. There may also be design courses in this type of program that focus on various design movements or styles based on different cultures.

A website designer will also typically take design courses that serve a number of different functions. Depending on what aspect of website design a person is interested in, he or she will often take classes that focus both on the technical aspects of Internet sites and an aesthetic approach to such sites. A program in website design will often include courses in computer programming, especially the use of scripting languages popular in website design, and website administration. Website design courses may also include lessons in color theory, spatial relationships, and other classes similar to those used by graphic designers.

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Discussion Comments
By Vincenzo — On Jun 11, 2014

Kind of a broad topic, design. Yes, it covers interior decorating and graphics design, but it also includes architecture, fashion some forms of baking and a lot of things. For the creative types that like making things, the design field is huge and can accommodate just about anyone so inclined.

By Markerrag — On Jun 11, 2014

Funny thing is, continuing education after someone has already taken some courses or received a degree in any design class are essential. Sure, you could say that about anything but design is a fickle thing. Aesthetic tastes change, programs that were once the industry standard are replaced or updated extensively, etc.

Just take journalism, for example. That industry has merged from photos taken on film and pages laid out by hand to digital everything in a short amount of time. Designers that didn't keep their skills current got laid off in a hurry.

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