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About This Certificate

Be a future-focused creative professional. Today's graphic, Web, and interactive designers must be adaptable and stay up-to-date in the evolving world of technology and visual culture. Our graphic design courses develop foundational design skills (concept, type, layout, color) and provide training in industry-standard software. Tailored instruction enables both beginning and advanced students to advance in these courses.

Timeline to Completion: Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. The certificate must be completed in two years.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit

Number of Courses: 6–8 courses (3–5 required courses and 3 electives)

Format: Online, on-campus or a combination of both

Course Sequence: Courses should be taken in the order in which they are listed.

$814 (required courses), $2,104 for Basic Core; $6,174 – $6,512 total


6-8 courses to complete the certificate (consult with an advisor on elective options)

Start by completing one of the following foundational course options:


After you complete these courses, your next step will be to enroll in the following:

After you complete these courses, your final step will be to enroll in three electives. Choose one of the following options: 

Option 1: Recommended Electives

  • Typography I (On Campus | Online)  

  • Digital Layout: Adobe InDesign (On Campus | Online)  

  • One elective - Choose from our offerings in graphic design or digital design. 

Option 2: Choose your own elective track

  • Three electives - Choose from our offerings in graphic design or digital design.

Required Courses
Graphic/Digital Basic Core
  • Sep 14 - Dec 07 , Fall 2019
  • Rivera, Eduardo Iv
Color Theory
Graphic Design 1
Dig Graphics w/Illustrator 1
  • Sep 14 - Nov 16 , Fall 2019
  • Reed, Thomas
Digital Imaging w/ Photoshop 1
  • Aug 26 - Oct 27 , Fall 2019
  • Evdokimov, Alisa