First, let’s make this clear: This isn’t a certificate program, but it is the gateway to one. While you won’t earn a certificate through the Visual Design Fundamentals Program, you will acquire foundational design skills and produce design work samples. You can then submit those samples when you apply for the UI/Visual Design Certificate program. Even if that’s not your goal, this program will still give you a firm foundation in the essentials of design and can open the door to further study.
The best people to teach you the fundamentals of design are people who put their design skills to work at a high level every day. They’re the experienced, senior-level professionals who teach these courses. Because they’re in the business, they know what they’re talking about from a design point-of-view. They can also share what it’s like to work in design and give you some invaluable pointers for your eventual job search.