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Graphic Design Certificate Program

Developed by an advisory committee of design professionals representing a variety of disciplines, our Graphic Design Certificate Program can help you combine your artistic and technical talents to develop practical skills that are in demand.

See an overview table of required and elective courses for more details. Courses in the program may be taken individually or as part of the full certificate program.

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected 10% growth in employment for graphics designers between 2006 and 2016. In particular, web design and animation skills will be needed for the growing number of design projects for interactive media websites, personal digital assistants, smart phones, and video games. To meet this growing demand, the program emphasizes good basic design principles and the use of current computer-based tools for page layout and digital image creation and enhancement.

The program also covers how to translate a concept into a visual by hand, develop pre-press skills, and run a graphic design business, including uncovering client needs, estimating costs, pricing and marketing your services, collaborating and negotiating effectively, and preparing contracts. In addition, satisfactory completion of a portfolio is required to earn the certificate.

Designed to be completed in six quarters on a part-time basis, the full program includes 104 course hours of required courses and a minimum 100 course hours of elective courses. There are no program prerequisites other than an aptitude for art and design and basic computer skills. The program’s small, hands-on courses are taught by successful designers and build on each other. And the small class sizes let instructors give students personal attention.

Classes are taught during evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Our flexible program lets you start any quarter you like and finish at your own pace. You may take as few as one or two classes a week and up to 13 quarters from the date of your first class to complete the program.

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Current Graphic Design Certificate Program Classes

  • Branding Business

    This class is designed to give you a real world view of what a graphic designer is tasked to create for their clients. It takes you on a jou... More »

  • Certificate Open House

    Are you looking to gain new skills for your professional development? Join us for our Certificate Open House at the Bellevue College ... More »

  • Color In Action

    This is color theory made visible and beautiful. We first study subtractive and additive color systems: RGB, CMYK and RYB. We then use bo... More »

  • Graphic Design Certificate Information Session

    Have you thought about becoming a Graphic Designer; making a career change, doing work on the side or polishing your current skills to produ... More »

  • Infographics Using Illustrator CC

    Discover what an effective Infographic can do to convey your ideas. This class is for students comfortable with Illustrator foundations that... More »

  • User Experience Design Fundamentals

    This boot-camp style, project-based class simulates the work of the design team in implementing user experience design principles when plann... More »

  • Advertising Design

    Learn what makes for effective advertising visuals and apply concepts learned in Unit 1 and tools learned in Unit 2 to create magazine, news... More »

  • Brochure, Catalog and Direct Mail Design

    Learn about what makes for effective brochure, catalog and direct mail design and apply concepts and tools learned in foundation and visual ... More »

  • Color in the Digital Age

    This course is designed for artists interested in color theory fundamentals and the practical application of color in graphic design. Learn ... More »

  • Design Principles

    Explore the planning and design phase of creating a user-focused site. This course covers the steps to take before you start building, inclu... More »

  • Drawing Basics

    Designed for non-artists who want a fun, informative and stress-free introduction to drawing. We focus on basic sketching and drawing techni... More »

  • Drawing: Beginning

    Do you want to develop fundamental drawing skills and learn how to render realistic drawings? This class will introduce the use of perspe... More »

  • Graphic Design Basics

    All forms of visual art are based on fundamental principles of aesthetic design. Learn basic design terminology and concepts and create two-... More »

  • Graphic Design Certificate Capstone

    As the final course in the Graphic Design Certificate Program, students will cover the print production process and develop an online por... More »

  • HTML and CSS: Level 1

    Use the latest version of HTML to create the content of a web page with text, images and hyperlinks. Then enhance the look and feel of your ... More »

  • Illustration Communication

    Illustration is a communication tool used in advertising, branding, publishing, manufacturing and packaging. This class will give you an op... More »

  • Illustrator CC: Level 1

    Illustrator is a powerful vector illustration tool used to create artwork for the Web and print media. Topics: creating and editing shapes, ... More »

  • Illustrator CC: Level 2 - Color Your Vector World

    Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard for the vector art you see today. It’s used to create company branding, advertising and even com... More »

  • Illustrator CC: Level 2 - Font Master

    Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard for the vector art you see today. It’s used to create company branding, advertising and even com... More »

  • Illustrator CC: Level 2 - Shape Manipulation

    Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard for the vector art you see today. It’s used to create company branding, advertising and even com... More »

  • InDesign CC: Level 1

    InDesign is the benchmark tool for producing print-based brochures, flyers, business cards, or newsletters at your home or office. Topics in... More »

  • InDesign CC: Level 2 - Interactive PDFs

    This course builds on the skills learned in the InDesign CC: Level 1 class. InDesign is commonly used to create PDFs for print and electroni... More »

  • Logo, Icon and Symbol Design

    Apply concepts learned in Level 1 and tools learned in Level 2 to create a family of icons, symbols and/ or logos to incorporate into your p... More »

  • Photoshop CC: Level 1

    Photoshop offers an impressive array of tools for editing digital photos, scanned photographs and creating photorealistic images. This is an... More »

  • Photoshop CC: Level 2

    This course builds on the basic skills covered in the Photoshop: Level 1 class. Topics: using Adobe Bridge, processing images with camera ra... More »

  • Print Media Design

    Apply concepts learned in Design Foundation series and tools learned in Visual Designer series to create posters, CD/book covers, and col... More »

  • The Business of Graphic Design

    Whether you plan to freelance or manage a firm, graphic designers need to understand the nuts and bolts of the business. Learn how to uncove... More »

  • Typography

    This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the fundamentals of typography. Students will learn about type weight, ... More »

  • Web Graphics

    This class focuses on optimizing graphics for effective and efficient presentation on a website. Optimization techniques include selecting a... More »

  • WordPress: Level 1

    WordPress is a free and open source online application used by professional designers to create websites. Though it is commonly used to writ... More »

  • From Photo to Watercolor Illustration

    Explore the basic techniques needed to plan and create finished watercolor paintings for framing or for the illustration market by experimen... More »

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Graphic Design Certificate Information

Contact: CE-GDCertificate@bellevuecollege.edu
(425) 564-2954

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