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The dual certificate program offers you the opportunity to explore and develop a broad range of graphic design and illustration skills, techniques, theory, and applications. This program allows for flexibility in concentration according to the goals of each student. Combining knowledge, skills, and practice of these two fields provides you with a variety of career options and greater possibilities as a practitioner. You will investigate digital and hands-on techniques in the context of theoretical information based in fine arts and visual communication. Upon completing the certificate, you will have compiled a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating the scope of your knowledge and skills in graphic design and illustration.

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Please note that the below lists which semester(s) courses are most likely to be offered, and is subject to change.

Program Requirements

This dual certificate requires students to complete 10 required courses and 5 electives. Students may petition to choose other Continuing Education courses not listed below as electives.

Required Courses

Please note that the below lists which semester(s) courses are most likely to be offered, and is subject to change.

Drawing for Illustrators and Figurative Artists (fall, spring)

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

Graphic Design I (fall, spring, summer)

Graphic Design II (fall, spring, summer)

Illustration I (fall, spring)

Illustration II (fall, spring)

Publication Design (fall, spring)

Portfolio Preparation for Illustrators and Designers (spring)

Typography: Introduction (spring, summer)

Visualizing Information (fall, spring, summer)

Suggested Elective Courses

Please note that the below lists which semester(s) courses are most likely to be offered, and is subject to change.

Adobe Illustrator: Introduction (fall, spring, summer)

Adobe Photoshop: Introduction (fall, spring)

Anatomy for Life Drawing (fall, spring)

Color Theory for Artists and the Color Curious (fall, spring)

Digital and Experimental Animation: Introduction (fall, spring)

Digital Photography: Introduction (fall, spring, summer)

Digital Type Founding (fall)

Lithography: Art of the Multiple (fall, spring)

Screenprinting A to Z (spring)

Introduction to Printmaking (fall)

Electives Offered on Occasion

Color Production for Print and Screen 

Web Design I 

Web Design II 

Color Production for Print and Screen 

Program Costs

2019-2020 tuition is $995 per course. The certificate consists of fifteen courses (15 X $995). You can expect to pay approximately $14,925 in tuition, plus the application fee ($35). There is a $65 registration fee each semester, which covers registration for any number of courses taken that semester.

How to Apply

To apply to the dual 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.