Continuing Education – Graphic Design

Graphic Design Advanced Certificate

Stretch your graphic design skills and discover your true talent. In the Graphic Design Advanced Certificate program, you'll build a foundation in Adobe software and design skills, and add area(s) of professional concentration.

As an Advanced Certificate student, you'll choose from a wide range of program options to meet your creative or career goals. For Graphic Design students, we recommend Print Design or Brand Identity. It's up to you—customize your program for a deeper portfolio.

Add concentrations and expand your creative horizons.

Build a Deeper Portfolio in 12 Months

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Gain A Foundation in Design Skills

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Add Areas of Concentration

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Complete Your Program in 12 Months

Program Outline

Professional Certificate - 9 months

Level 1

  • 4218 Photoshop Basics
  • 4017 Color Theory
  • 4226 Illustrator Basics
  • 4221 Fundamentals of Typography

Level 2

  • 4020 Design and Composition
  • 4228 InDesign Basics
  • 4019 The Study of Graphic Design
  • (or 4211 Fundamentals of Logo Design)
  • 4013 Graphic Design I
Choose a Concentration - 3 Months

Print Design Concentration

  • 4301 Print Production
  • 4302 Advanced Typography (Or 4335 Advanced Graphic Design)
  • 4305 Advanced Packaging Design

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Brand Identity Concentration

  • 4225 Advanced Logo Design
  • 4016 Advertising Design
  • 4014 Branding and Identity

OR

Customize your program by choosing one of 12 Available Concentrations.

Student Feedback

I thought that all of the courses were extremely well designed, up to date with relevant info/software, and diverse in assignments. All of my instructors exceeded my expectations with response time and thoroughness of response, and they also gave excellent and constructive feedback.

Anissa Craig, Graphic Design Advanced Certificate

Learn to design from a faculty of professional artists and designers.

Career Information

Graphic design program graduates are prepared for entry-level graphic design positions in advertising, print production, publishing, and computer graphics. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, designers "demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs."

Potential employers for graduates include specialized design firms, advertising firms, printers, publishers, and computer systems design firms. Job titles include Graphic Designer, Layout Designer, Packaging Designer, and more.

Visit our Career Center for more information, or browse the Federal Occupational Handbook or O*NET database.

Getting Started

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Program At a Glance

Open Admissions. The Advanced Certificate is open admissions, with classes starting each month. To apply for the program, simply complete our free, no-obligation application and select your program options. Applicants are expected to have graduated high school.

Twelve Month Program. Classes start at the beginning of each month. The program includes one Professional Certificate (9 months) and one Concentration (3 months). The program can be completed in 12 months studying on a part time schedule. Additional 3-month concentrations may be added. Students must complete the Professional Certificate in order to enter concentrations. If you need more time to complete, there is a painless extension policy for an additional 6 months of access for students who qualify based on academic progress.

To take this program, you’ll need the following software and supplies. Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

Core Program

  • Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CC.
  • Your computer must meet software manufacturer requirements.

Concentrations.

  • Additional requirements will vary depending on your choice of concentration(s).

Advanced Certificate
Tuition and Fees$3,750*
Registration Fee$200
Total Cost$3,950
* Promotional tuition in effect until December 31st, 2018. Total tuition includes a $320 digital materials and $125 technology fee. (Full tuition for Advanced Certificate is $7,710. )

Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable five days after beginning of Orientation class or submission of first assignment). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

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