Visual Design Foundation

Want to improve or learn the fundamental pillars of visual design to be competitive in the job market? You will become completely proficient in design foundation in this course.

All About Visual Design Foundation

Want to improve or learn the fundamental pillars of visual design to be competitive in the job market? You will become completely proficient in design foundation (color theories, typography, layout, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Figma) in this course.


Instruction sessions

This means you would be able to schedule 9 instructional meetings with your instructor to go over your assignments, ask questions about course content and receive career coaching.

Who Is This For

UX Designers Lacking Visual Design Skills

UX design nowaways is not just UX design - it also requires visual design skills, especially if you are shooting for highly-paid Product Designer jobs. With this course, you will be able to fill in the gaps of your visual design knowledge.

Design Students Wanting to Build Visual Design Skills Before A UX Course

If you are design student or aspiring designer who want to learn visual design before a dedicated UX design course, this is the right course for you! Without visual design, products are not shippable, so it is essential to acquire this skill.

Marketing Professionals Adding Design to Their Skillsets

If you are not a designer but a marketing/social media professional who does occasional design work, you can take this course to increase your competitiveness in your current space by adding great visual design into your work!

Unit Breakdown









Unit 1

Introduction to Design

In this unit, we will introduce what design is and the most basic design principles to set the foundation for the course.

Unit 2

Figma Fundamentals

In this unit, we introduce the most frequently-used tools and techniques in Figma that helps student get familiar with this popular design tool.

Unit 3

Color Theory

Color theory is one of the 3 fundamental pillars of design foundation. In this unit, we cover all aspects of color theory that are relevant to the work of a designer to help students become skilled in choosing the right color for their projects.

Unit 4

Intro to Illustrator

Illustrator is one of the most important tools to learn as a designer for vector manipulation, typesetting and vector drawing. We introduce the most critical skills in Adobe Illustrator that a designer needs to succeed in visual design.

Unit 5


Typography is another pillar of visual design foundation that a designer cannot skip mastering. In this unit, we explain typography techniques at length to help students understand how to successfully create effective typography pairings and choices for any design projects.

Unit 6

Intro to InDesign

Adobe InDesign is an important program to understand as a designer who will at some point work on print-based projects. In this unit, we introduce the fundamental skillsets that a designer needs to acquire in order to be proficient in print-based design.

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We design each individual course with multiple levels in mind. We start each course with introducing the foundation, which provides a much-needed refresher for even the seasoned designers if they have been away from theory for a while.


We then go into intermediate to advanced topics for deep dives, where multiple levels of designers might find them helpful.


Our goal is to make the course as approachable as possible while still getting into advanced topics for students who are ready to take the leap.

It depends on how much knowledge you already have in each topic. We recommend filling out our email form above to obtain the full syllabus and schedule a call with us if you want to get the full picture of the entire course. We make every effort to recommend the right level of courses to each student so that they get the most out of the learning experience.

Books are great! We will never say don't buy a book. However, design is a highly practical field. Reading books will give you the surface level understanding. You need more examples, interactive demonstrations, exercises and personalized feedback from expert designers to achieve the level that you need for your career. These other components can only be obtained from a well-designed educational program. Books are great supplements for your courses.

YouTube is a great platform. We say go watch as many YouTube videos as you'd like, but we have yet to find a complete series of courses that go in to so much details and depth as our course on YouTube. While YouTube can provide a surface level foundation for you, it isn't likely to help you get to the level you need for your career. We recommend scheduling a call with us if you are interested and ask questions to make your informed decisions.

Absolutely! We believe in learning by doing. That's why we designed exercises for each unit with intention. Students are expected to complete every exercise and quizzes in order to complete the course. This is not a passive learning experience - it's active. We also wrap up each course with a portfolio-level project, so you can be sure to take away with you a polished piece from every course you finish. If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program with the 9 full course workload, you will have 9 portfolio projects at the time you graduate - a portfolio project number unmatched by any other programs.

Yes! If you enroll in our School of Design certificate program, you will be saving compared to enrolling in each separate course.


For those who may want to enroll in multiple courses but not all of our courses (as included in the School of Design certificate program), please use the "Apply to Enroll" button at the top right corner of our main navigation menu to tell us about your needs so that we can get back to you with a custom enrollment recommendation as well as course bundle discounts. We at Path Unbound believe that education should not be an assembly line - it should be customized, individualized and guided.

It depends on your needs. If you are already working as a designer and would like to uplevel your skillsets, we recommend taking individual courses as you need.


If you are a new designer looking to break into the field and get your first job or client as a designer, we recommend our School of Design certificate program - you do not want to show any knowledge gap in your interview and portfolio.


That doesn't mean you always have to take every course - we make custom recommendations for students who come from a variety of backgrounds with different learning goals. Use the "Apply to Enroll" button at the top right corner of our main navigation menu and tell us about yourself so that we can recommend a customized course bundle for you.

Need to actually launch your career?

This short course is great for up skilling but it is not part of our end-to-end career programs. If you actually want to launch your creative career, receive hands-on career coaching and full portfolio building training, apply to enroll in one of our full career programs.

I need to

Study Design From Scratch

This means you do not yet have design knowledge or are not yet confident in your design craft and want to attend an end-to-end training program to start your design career

I need to

Improve On My Portfolio

This means you already are proficient in design but don’t have any or enough portfolio projects to stand out in the job market and need to build your portfolio, personal brand and career coaching

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