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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

Certificate requires 233 course hours.

CORE REQUIRED COURSES
155 hours
Unit # / Course Title   Quarters Typically Offered Course Hours
Level 1
Graphic Design Basics Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 16
The Business of Graphic Design Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 12
HTML Level 1 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 10
CSS Level 1 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15
Typography Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 10
Drawing Basics Fall, Winter, Spring 24
Level 2
Illustrator Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 14
InDesign Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 14
Photoshop: Level 1 Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15
Color in the Digital Age Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 10
Level 3
Business Branding Summer, Fall, Spring 15

 

PORTFOLIO ELECTIVE COURSES (Choose 3)
Min. 38 hours
Unit # / Course Title   Quarters Typically Offered Course Hours
(Prerequisite: completion of all CORE classes)
Advertising Design Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15
Brochure, Catalog and Direct Mail Design Summer, Fall,  Spring 15
WordPress Fall, Winter, Spring 8
Logo, Icon, and Symbol Design Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15
Print Media Design Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15
Illustration Communication Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15

 

FINAL CAPSTONE CLASS
15 hours
Unit # / Course Title   Quarters Typically Offered Course Hours
(Prerequisite: completion of all CORE and Elective classes)
Graphic Design Certificate Capstone Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15

 

OPEN ELECTIVE COURSES
Min. 20 hours
Unit # / Course Title   Quarters Typically Offered Course Hours
Art :
Drawing in Color Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 30
Watercolor for Illustration Summer, Fall,  Spring 30
Technology:
Designing Effective Websites Fall, Winter, Spring 7.5
Photoshop II Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 15
Web Graphics Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 12
Typography II Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring 10

 

Planning Your Classes

Please see the Course Catalog for the current and comprehensive list of electives.

Check out this handy Visual Course Planning Guide, which outlines the order in which to take classes based on class prerequisites.

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