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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.

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Program Requirements

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

Please note: The semester offering information listed below is generally correct, but is 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 (fall, spring, summer)

Adobe Photoshop: Introduction (fall, spring)

Digital and Experimental Animation: Introduction (fall, spring)

Digital Photography: Introduction (fall, spring, summer)

Digital Type Founding (fall)

Screenprinting A to Z (fall, spring)

Introduction to Printmaking (fall)

Color Production for Print and Screen (offered occasionally)

Web Design I (offered occasionally)

Web Design II (offered occasionally)

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

Program Costs

2019-2020 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 ($35), for a total cost of $9,985 for the certificate.

There is a $65 registration fee each semester, which covers registration for any number of courses taken that semester. 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 $35 application fee. Payment is completed online when you submit your application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, there is no deadline to apply. Our office will contact you within 2-3 weeks.

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