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Graphic Design Certificate Program: Overview

The program is separated into three levels of classes that build on each other:

  • Level 1: Concepts and foundations of a career in graphic design.
  • Level 2: Hands-on skills with graphic design tools.
  • Level 3: Application of concepts and skills toward portfolio-ready graphic design pieces. Students develop portfolio pieces in Level 3.

 Level 1 and 2 classes can be taken simultaneously and in any order.

Level 3 classes are to be taken after successful completion of Level 1 and 2 classes.

Graphic Design Certificate Capstone may be taken, with program approval, after all required core and elective courses are completed.

 

Graphic Design Certificate                                                                   222 Hours Total

GRAPHIC DESIGN CORE REQUIRED COURSES       (149 HOURS)

Level 1 Courses:

Graphic Design Basics     16 hours

The Business of Graphic Design  12 hours

HTML Level 1  10 hours

CSS Level 1   15 hours

Typography      10 hours

Drawing Basics    24 hours
Level 2 Courses:

Illustrator  14 hours

InDesign    14 hours

Photoshop     15 hours

Color in the Digital Age  10 hours

Level 3 Courses:

Business Branding    15 hours

GRAPHIC DESIGN PORTFOLIO ELECTIVE COURSES:  (CHOOSE 3)    (Minimum 38 HOURS)

(Prerequisite: completion of all CORE classes)

Advertising Design   15 hours

Brochure, Catalog and Direct Mail Design   15 hours

WordPress   8 hours

Logo, Icon, and Symbol Design  15 hours

Print Media Design     15 hours

Illustration Communication   15 hours


FINAL CAPSTONE CLASS:   (15 HOURS)

(Prerequisite: completion of all CORE and Elective classes; program approval required)

Graphic Design Certificate Capstone     15 hours

GRAPHIC DESIGN OPEN ELECTIVE COURSES     (Minimum 20 HOURS)

Art:
Drawing in Color    30 hours

Watercolor for Illustration   30 hours

Technology:
Designing Effective Websites    7.5 hours

Photoshop II   15 hours

Web Graphics   12 hours

Typography II    10 hours

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