Design thinking
Design thinking

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Design thinking

3 Composition in design

In this part of the course, you will learn about composition in design. Composition is a characteristic of all types of design. It can be found in written designs, such as novels and poems. It’s found in time-based media such as music or films, and it’s found in visual and physical design, such as postage stamps, products and architecture. Understanding the principles of composition will help you make better designs.

This part of the course guides you through the principles of composition using a wide range of examples of design outputs. There are a number of exercises to help you apply your learning and to experiment with variations in composition.

The equipment you need

  • Some sheets of scrap paper.
  • A pencil and a ballpoint pen.
  • Post-it® notes (optional).
  • A digital camera.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has nearly 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus