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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 – 209 hours total

GRAPHIC DESIGN CORE REQUIRED COURSES(170 HOURS)
Level 1 Courses:
The Business of Graphic Design 10 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Graphic Design Basics 16 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Drawing Basics 24 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Typography 10 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
CSS Level 1 (TECH) 15 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
HTML (TECH) 10 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Level 2 Courses:
Color in the Digital Age 10 Hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Illustrator (TECH) 14 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
InDesign (TECH) 14 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Photoshop: Level 1 (TECH) 15 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Level 3 Courses:            
Corporate Presentations 15 hours Summer Winter
Business Branding 15 hours Fall Spring
PORTFOLIO ELECTIVE COURSES:   (Choose 3)  Min 38 hours
(Prerequisite: completion of all CORE classes)
Advertising Design 15 hours Summer Winter
Poster, CD, and Print Media Design 15 hours Summer Winter
Brochure, Catalog and Direct Mail Design 15 hours Fall Spring
Illustration Communication 15 hours
Logo, Icon, and Symbol Design 15 hours Fall Spring
WordPress (TECH) 8 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
FINAL CAPSTONE CLASS: (15 HOURS)
Graphic Design Certificate Capstone 15 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
GRAPHIC DESIGN OPEN ELECTIVE COURSES ( Minimum 20 HOURS)
Art:
Drawing in Color 30 hours Fall Winter Spring
Watercolor for Illustration 30 hours Fall Spring
Technology:
Designing Effective Websites 7.5 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Photoshop Level 2 15 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring
Web Graphics 12 hours Summer Fall Winter Spring

 

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