Start from the beginning and build.

This step-by-step tutorial guides you from the beginning, highlighting key areas that will help add your personal touch and creativity to anything!

Canva is a type of graphic design online website that allows anyone to create most business essentials, such as social media images, flyers, presentations and even logos!  This can be quite time consuming to pick up, and, as research has shown, confusing. This course is your perfect companion to learning the basics and key skills for gaining confidence with Canva. This course covers the bare essentials of Canva, using an Instagram Image as an example.

Learn top tips, useful tricks and best of all, enjoy continued support through a dedicated Facebook Group, that will continue to update you as you continue your Canva experience.

The course is right for you if…

  • You’re aware of Canva and only need the basics.
  • You’d like to save money by doing your own graphics
  • You’d like to learn how to put a simple social media graphic together quickly and easily
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Who is this course for?

  • Business owners

    Business owners who would like to create their own marketing materials and social media assets.

  • Marketing assistants

    Marketing assistants who would like to learn a new skill, perhaps considering freelancing or enhancing their current knowledge

  • Administrators

    Administrators who are looking to upskill, and use the functions in their day to day job

In more detail

Let's look at the Aims and Outcomes

The aim of this course is to:  provide a basic introduction to canva and the confidence to explore the features further, whether alone or through additional training.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Navigate the home screen
  • Know how to start a design
  • Get familiar with the templates and how to edit to your branding, colour and liking
    • How to upload a photo and use in your images
    • How to use the colours of a photo or logo in your template
    • How to save an image to different formats                                                                                                                                 

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. About this course

    1. Home Screen

    2. Home Screen Tips

    1. The Basics

    2. Starting from scratch

    3. Adding extra features

    4. Basic Tips and Homework

    5. Getting Started Handout

    1. 2023 Canva Update

    1. When to Use Canva Pro


About this course

  • £15.00
  • 13 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content


Instructor Bio

Sara Appleton

Sara Appleton is a Digital Marketing professional who in the midst of 2020 decided she was going to embark on helping smaller businesses with their marketing and established herself as a freelance marketer. She has trained many individuals from a variety of business backgrounds in Canva, and created marketing materials using the platform, and now brings a tailored introduction to you so you can efficiently create your own masterpieces.


“Great beginner’s introduction to canva this morning. Thank you, Sara. Easy to follow presentation and helpful advice.”

Susan Atkinson, Utility Warehouse

“A brilliant canva beginners’ workshop from Sara. I’d dabbled with it a couple of years ago but struggled with the basics. I picked up lots of useful tips on how to create a Facebook ad. Highly recommended. ”

Sally Kingston, Sally Fitness & Health

“Sara has worked with us on a number of projects across social media, blog creation and design. Loads of fantastic ideas, super flexible, creative copywriter and knowledgeable as well as being a lovely person to work with. ”

Rosie Wareham, Baobab Digital