Our Graphic Design Certificate Program was developed by an advisory committee of design professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The program was designed to help you combine your artistic and technical talents to develop practical skills that employers are demanding.
See an overview table of required and elective courses in the program for more details. Courses in the program may be taken as standalone units 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, pre-press skills, 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.
Special emphasis is placed on instruction in running 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 in required courses and a minimum of 100 course hours in 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.