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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A great class for any artist, designer, or anyone who is interested in color. Learn the fundamental vocabulary and properties of color. Stud... More »
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 »
All forms of visual art are based on fundamental principles of aesthetic design. Learn basic design terminology and concepts and create two-... More »
This course is designed for artists interested in color theory fundamentals and the practical application of color in graphic design. Learn ... More »
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the fundamentals of typography. Students will learn about type weight, ... More »
Illustrator is a powerful vector illustration tool used to create artwork for the Web and print media. Topics: creating and editing shapes, ... More »
InDesign is the benchmark tool for producing print-based brochures, flyers, business cards, or newsletters at your home or office. Topics in... More »
Photoshop offers an impressive array of tools for editing digital photos, scanned photographs and creating photorealistic images. This is an... More »
This course builds on the basic skills covered in the Photoshop: Level 1 class. Topics: using Adobe Bridge, processing images with camera ra... More »
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 »
Apply concepts learned in Unit 1 and tools learned in Unit 2 to create PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, information documents and/or i... More »
Apply concepts learned in Unit 1 and tools learned in Unit 2 to create posters, CD and/or book covers to incorporate into your portfolio. Co... More »
Illustration is a communication tool used in advertising, branding, publishing, manufacturing and packaging. This class will give you an op... More »
This course is the last class in the Graphic Design Certificate Program and covers the print production process and developing an online por... More »
This course is designed for students who want to develop fundamental drawing skills. You will learn how to render realistic drawings by bein... More »
Develop your drawing skills and learn color theory techniques that will help you create more beautiful and personal work. A variety of color... More »
Explore the basic techniques needed to plan and create finished watercolor paintings for framing or for the illustration market by experimen... More »
Explore the planning and design phase of creating a user-focused website. This course provides the steps to take before you build your websi... More »
HTML gives you the building blocks to create your own web pages in this hands-on course. Use these blocks to create a basic web page with te... More »
This intermediate skill level class uses Fireworks to update and create a website design and images for the web. Topics include using interc... More »
WordPress is a free and open source online application used by professional designers to create websites. Though it is commonly used to writ... More »
Discover the basic concepts of Flash for design and development of media. Learn how to use drawing tools, import images, create vector graph... More »