Every designer can tell you that taking courses to expand your abilities is always a good idea. When I started this journey in September of 2014, I thought that taking a few courses would help me gain the knowledge necessary to move forward with my dream of a design career. Little did I know how wide my eyes would actually be opened. I highly recommend taking courses. The of course you have the opportunity to be getting some free press like I did on the Make It In Design Blog and the Module 3 Pattern Design Showcase.
I wish I had more time to dedicate to this course. I had so much fun interacting with other students, getting feedback, and just being part of such a supportive community. Here is the design that they chose for the showcase: