Best Graphic Art and Design OpenCourseWare

While there are not many graphic art and design OpenCourseWare (OCW) programs, there are many tutorials in graphic art and design offered by professional organizations and software publishers. Find out the top schools and organizations that offer these courses and tutorials based on school quality and number of courses available. Schools offering Art degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT offers many courses for graphic artists and designers via its OCW program. Nearly all of the free courses include readings, assignments, lectures and exams. Some of the courses can be translated into other languages or downloaded in an audio format. Courses cover topics in user-centered design, media design and digital typography. MIT was ranked 7th among national universities in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report.

#2 Middle East Technical University (METU)

Free OCW courses in computer graphics are available from METU's computer engineering program. These lessons include lecture notes and presentation materials that cover the use of hardware and software in creating graphics.

#3 Designer Today

Designer Today online magazine has a large collection of software tutorials and training courses for graphic designers. Tutorials are available for Maya 3D, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Adobe After Effects and many other programs. Tutorials include step-by-step instructions, images and project files.

#4 Planet Photoshop

Planet Photoshop is a website sponsored by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. This site includes thousands of high-quality tutorials that focus on specific techniques and uses for Photoshop.

#5 Adobe Online Training

Graphic artists around the world use Adobe products in their design projects. Through the Adobe KnowHow site, you can complete free beginner tutorials in using Adobe products, such as Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Additionally, this site offers fee-based courses.

#6 QuarkEd

QuarkXPress, layout and design software produced by Quark Software, Inc., is popular among graphic artists. If you're new to Quark or an old hand looking to refine your techniques, QuarkEd offers video courses that cover all the major features in QuarkXPress 10. You can learn techniques for inserting and formatting images in publications, as well as producing clean page layouts.

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