Our fully online Graphic Design Professional Certificate program will provide you the software skills, design knowledge, and professional portfolio needed to effectively compete in this exciting and dynamic field.
Designed for the busy adult learner, this program can be customized to fit your experience level and can be completed in six months on a part time basis.
Once completed, you can continue your studies by adding from a wide array of concentrations or you can participate in our Bridge Program and earn a Associate degree.
Classes start at the beginning of each month. Affordable tuition and easy payment plans make this certificate program your best value in design education.
Web Design Courses
"I decided not to lose any time and improve my skills in graphic and Web design. Taking a program has allowed me to show my thoughtful, creative, and artistic sides." - Anita Riedner, Web Design Certificate.
The goal of the online Web Design Certificate program is to prepare you for a professional career as a Web designer. You will begin to develop a portfolio of individual creative work you can present to potential employers. Here are the standards you are expected to meet as a student in this vocational program.
#1 Digital Imaging
Your work will demonstrate entry-level professional Photoshop skills and effective decisions in selecting and editing images. You will be able to improve images for professional publication by retouching and correction, and create realistic or imaginative images by compositing or collage.
You will develop distinctive color palettes based on the principles of color harmony. Your work will exhibit a sophisticated use of color and contrast, the ability to research colors and make choices that are appropriate for each client and project.
#3 Vector Art
You will develop entry-level professional skills in creating vector art illustrations in Illustrator, using shape drawing and freehand drawing tools, Pen tool, type tools, and basic effects. You will be able to create simple, stylized logos, icons, and illustrations for effective visual communication.
You will be able to research and select appropriate typefaces and design typography to support the branding or communication goal of a particular client or project. You will demonstrate the ability to organize text into a clear, readable information hierarchy in page layouts while using display type for impact and expression.
#5 Web Editor
You will be able to design professional-level, valid HTML Web sites using Dreamweaver and publish them to the Web. You can create consistent, visually appealing page designs using CSS to control presentation (typography, color, layout, and positioning).
#7 Web Design
You will use a professional design process for Web design including competitive research, mood boards, site maps and wireframes, color design and imagery, development of CSS layouts, and basic usability testing. Your work shows the ability to design professional-level Web page layouts with attention to usability principles: consistent navigation, clear visual hierarchy, and intuitive interface design.
Web Design Certificate Online Admissions
Classes in our vocational programs start at the beginning of each month. The Professional Certificate is open admissions: To apply for the program, simply complete our application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.
"The Professional Certificate helps you develop graphics software, coding, and design skills concurrently. It's our basic training for website design." – Brenda Meda, Senior Admissions Advisor
Whenever you're ready, talk to our admissions staff to explore program options or attend an Open House.