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The certificate program in Graphic Design provides you with the practical and theoretical skills of a design professional.

Throughout the program, you will learn from a team of faculty with extensive teaching experience and recognition in their field.

We suggest beginning the program with either Fundamentals of 2D Design or Typography: Introduction. After completing both classes, we recommend taking Graphic Design I and Visualizing Information before progressing to elective courses and concluding with Portfolio Preparation near the end of your coursework.

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Program Requirements

This is an in-person program with opportunities to take individual courses in an online modality for a hybrid learning experience. Program completion does require some in-person coursework.

This program consists of 10 courses total comprised of 7 required fundamental courses and 3 electives.

Please note: Semesters listed below are subject to change.

Required Courses

Fundamentals of 2D Design (fall, spring, summer)

Graphic Design I (fall, spring, summer)

Graphic Design II (fall, spring, summer)

Publication Design (fall, spring)

Portfolio Preparation for Illustrators and Designers (spring)

Typography: Introduction (spring, summer)

Visualizing Information (fall, spring, summer)

Elective Course Choices

Adobe Illustrator: Introduction (spring, summer)

Adobe Photoshop: Introduction (fall, spring)

Design for Social Change (summer)

Digital and Experimental Animation: Introduction (fall, spring, summer)

Digital Photography: Introduction (fall, spring, summer)

Digital Type Founding (fall)

Illustration I (fall, spring) or Illustration: A Digital Approach (fall, spring) choose 1

Screen printing A to Z (fall, spring)

Lithography: Art of the Multiple (spring)

Web Design I *

Web Design II *

* these elective courses are offered on a periodic basis.

Elective Note: Students may petition to choose other Continuing Education courses not listed above as electives, including from the Illustration Certificate electives list.

Program Completion Timeline

Most students complete their certificate program in two to three years. 

Program Costs

Non-Credit tuition is $995 per course. The certificate consists of ten courses (10 x $995). You can expect to pay approximately $9,950 in tuition, plus the application fee ($45), for a total cost of $9,995 for the certificate.

There is a $65 registration fee each academic year, fall term through summer term, which covers registration for any number of courses taken that year. For more information, please see our course list. Tuition does not include the cost of class materials/supplies.

How to Apply

To apply to the Graphic Design certificate program, complete our online application via Slideroom. There is a $45 application fee. Payment is completed online when you submit your application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted 10 days prior to the start of a term to be considered for that upcoming term. Admissions decisions are returned with 2 weeks of application submission.

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