Online Marketing Certificate at Sessions College

Instructor-Led Online Marketing Design Certificate

Professional Certificate in Marketing Design

Expand your marketing, technical, and design skills

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Program Overview

In the Sessions College Professional Certificate in Marketing Design program, students develop skills in the in-demand software that most marketing designers needs to know: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students build a skill set in digital image preparation and vector illustration while applying foundation design concepts in color, typography, and identity design.

  • Design visual communications using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Learn the fundamentals of visual design.
  • Gain practical experience in marketing collateral design.
  • Develop essential skills in branding, advertising, and promotional design.

Instructor-Led Program

  • Project-based courses from industry-leading design and digital media professionals.
  • Learn at your own pace—no mandatory logins or preset meeting times.
  • Build skills through mentoring and critique from expert instructors.

A Better Way to Learn

Study at your own pace


Study 100% online from anywhere with 24/7 access to classes.

Learn by doing


Complete your program on your own time in 9 months or less.

Connect with pros

Industry Relevant

Develop in-demand skills for your creative field.

grow your portfolio


Customize your program with added courses and concentrations.

Marketing Design Courses

Program Curriculum

Designed for the busy adult learner, the Professional Certificate in Marketing Design is a 360 clock hour program completed in nine months studying part time.


Get expert feedback in classes taught by our industry-leading faculty.

Andrew Shalat

Andrew Shalat

Andrew Shalat is an author, designer/illustrator, educator, and Mac expert. Since 1985 he has been designing and writing articles about Macintosh, Mac software, and publishing technologies that have appeared in Macworld, and (for which he was a columnist writing "Shalat's Web"). He has been a regular speaker/faculty member at Macworld Expo since 2001 and has written three books: How to Do Everything with Online Video (McGraw-Hill, Osborne), Do It Yourself Mac Projects (McGraw-Hill), and MacDesign Out of the Box (Peachpit). Andrew is a regular contributor to design and Macintosh related sites including Inside Mac Radio, InDesign Magazine, and His design work covers a large range of media including book, CD and DVD covers, brochures, catalogs, outdoor signage, print ads, artwork, logos, Flash and Web design, and grocery lists. Over the past two decades, Andrew has taught literature, writing, Web design, and print design.

Boris Margolin

Boris Margolin

Boris Margolin is a veteran graphic designer who has worked as an in-house designer for several major international corporations including CIGNA, MetLife, and Nypro. While living in New Zealand, Boris worked at a brand development studio and at Victoria University. His design work has ranged from advertising design, to identity design, brand development, Web design and administration to application development. In his spare time Boris runs his own niche design company catering to unconventional companies and emerging markets. Boris earned a BS in Graphic Design at Mount Ida College in Massachussetts.

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Bruce Bicknell

Bruce Bicknell is a writer, instructor, illustrator, animator, Web designer, video editor, marketing pro, and graphic designer based in Tampa, Florida. In his career he has worked on projects for Adobe Systems, ATI, Photoshop Elements Techniques, MacTribe, Yellow Machine, and Mac Design, to name a few. Bruce has Associate degrees in Computer Animation and Web Development from The International Academy of Design and Technology.

Kristen Becker

Kristen Becker

Kristen Becker is an educator and a graphic and business designer specializing in e-commerce. She has developed and marketed a niche e-commerce boutique featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and In Style magazines. With over 12 years of experience as an award winning educator, she has developed curriculum and taught courses in graphic design, multimedia, and e-commerce/marketing. Kristen has an Master's degree in Digital Arts From Maryland Institute College of Art.

Piper Nilsson Faculty profile

Piper Nilsson

Piper Nilsson is a graphic designer and educator. Piper was greatly influenced by studying art history at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and learned to apply principles of fine art to graphic design. She has over 10 years of experience teaching at Sessions. Piper has been working with the Web since 1997, when she began her career at a leading Web design agency. Working in various roles as a designer, programmer, and information architect, she blueprinted sites for such global clients as MetLife, Pepsi, ETS, and Citibank. Piper is currently working as a freelancer, based in Valencia, Spain. Her recent projects include a Spanish language podcast and travel app. Piper received a Sessions College outstanding instructor award in December 2011 and won a USDLA Platinum Award Best Practices Awards for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching in April 2012. Piper holds an Associate's degree in Graphic Design from the Pratt Institute.

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Course Descriptions

4218 Photoshop Basics

Get a thorough grounding in Adobe Photoshop, the premiere image-manipulation tool for print design, Web design, and photography. You'll learn to choose and use the best techniques for common Photoshop jobs including selecting and isolating objects, creating image composites, masking and vignetting images, setting typography, and improving images with retouching and effects. Every designer must tame this creative powerhouse of a program. Learn more

4023 Design Foundations

Color is a fundamental medium for any artist or designer. Typography is what sets designers apart from other artists. Composition, literally the assembly or construction of elements, is the artful arrangement that guides the viewer's eye through an image. In this course, you will analyze everything from Grand Masters to Madison Avenue ads to tubes of toothpaste, and discover how color, type, and composition are combined to create effective and powerful visual communications. Class projects challenge you to build and apply your design skills in application to real-life creative scenarios.Learn more

4226 Illustrator Basics

Build a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, the graphic designer’s vector program of choice. Course projects explore selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool, transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes. Tapping the power of vector software allows you to produce detailed and scalable art for almost any application. Learn more

6011 Intro to Marketing

Lay a foundation for a career in business marketing design by studying marketing concepts and how they impact the design process. Students learn design principles and explore design case studies from the world of marketing communications design. The focus of the class is building a basic understanding how marketing strategies are developed. Learn more

4221 Fundamentals of Logo Design

Explore the philosophy and process behind designing a logo. Students learn the importance of corporate identity and the different stages in a typical logo design project. The course establishes a solid conceptual and practical grounding for anyone interested in pursuing a career in visual identity, from a design or a marketing perspective. Learn more

4505 Creative Concept Development

Where do creative concepts come from? In advertising, illustration, or design, you need to be able generate many ideas for your clients and projects. This class provides you a training in identifying the needs of each projects, brainstorming solutions, challenging your assumptions, and testing/evaluating your ideas until you have a winner. Learn more

4050 Marketing Design

Learn how to make design decisions through research, writing, and planning techniques that set marketing designers (and their clients) apart from the competition. Class projects challenge you to combine concept, research, planning, presentation, and visual design to build your marketing portfolio. Learn more

Build Your Own Learning Path

This program is adaptable to a wide range of experience levels. Choose the option(s) below that best meet your learning goals.

Option 1


New to the field? Simply complete all required courses in the certificate program.

Option 2


Already have some industry and/or software experience? Customize up to 50% of your programChoose from courses in Web Design, Software, Motion & Video, and more by choosing alternate courses.

Option 3


Need more training? After you've completed your program, add concentrations at reduced tuitionChoose from concentrations in Web Design, Digital Photography, Illustration, and more to enhance your creative skills.

Program Outcomes

By completing the program, Professional Certificate in Marketing Design students develop the following competencies:

1. Marketing

Conceptualize, create and present work that delivers strategic solutions to address business and customer needs.

2. Technology

Create images and design layouts by effectively and efficiently using design software including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and other industry technologies.

3. Art/Design Principles

Demonstrate the ability to produce visually compelling work by applying knowledge of color, typography, and composition.

4. Design Process

Develop strategic advertising and marketing concepts and campaigns for a variety of audiences and social contexts.

Sessions Student Work

Career Outlook for Marketing and Advertising Designers

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers develop and implement programs, promotions, and events that create and inspire interest in products or services. Marketing and advertising professionals need to possess analytical skills, communication skills, creativity, decision-making, interpersonal, and technical and organizational skills.

Job Titles

Graduates could be employed as an Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager, Marketing Assistant, Fundraiser, Social Media Manager, Event Manager, Copywriter, Media Planner, Marketing Executive, Media Buyer, Public Relations Specialist, Sales Representative, Marketing Research Analyst, e-Commerce Manager, Marketing Manager, Market Researcher, SEO Manager, Account Executive, Advertising Art Director, Sales Manager, Management Analyst, Brand Manager, Event Planner, Campaign Manager, or Account Executive.

Median Annual Wage

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for advertising and promotions managers was $131,870, and for marketing managers was $157,620 (as of May 2023).

Job Projections

Employment opportunities for advertising, promotions, and marketing managers are projected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032.

There are about 34,000 openings projected for advertising, promotions, and marketing managers each year, on average, over the decade.

What Students Say

I have used many of the skills that I’ve learned from these classes in developing a few items for my employer for job fairs such as flyers and display boards. I am also planning to use these skills to work on a few personal projects.

Ashley Rich

Professional Certificate in Marketing Design, Class of 2020

Getting Started

Our Marketing Design Certificate online application process makes getting started easy, fast, and convenient.

What's the Admissions Process?
Open Admissions.

The Professional 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.

How Long is the Program?
Nine Month Program.

The program can be completed in nine months studying on a part time schedule. Since you study at your pace, you may complete it sooner! 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.

Will the Program Fit My Schedule?

There are no set login times, so you can complete your program at your own pace in our most flexible program. A designated Student Advisor will track your progress from class to class, providing you support and motivation.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?

To take this program, you’ll need the following:

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

There are no textbook or course material costs to participate in this online program. Student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud software is available to enrolled students.

What are the Program Costs?

Sessions College programs are flexible and affordable. There are no textbooks required; tuition costs include all digital materials.

Tuition and FeesProfessional CertificateProfessional Certificate PLUS
Registration Fee$200$200
Total Cost$2,750$3,750

Paid in Full Discount: Total cost is $2,700 (regularly $2,750) for Professional Certificate students who pay in full. Total cost for Professional Certificate PLUS students who pay in full is $3,700 (regularly $3,750).

Enrollment in any certificate program requires a $200 registration fee (non-refundable after 5 days of enrollment in the program). All tuition and fees must be paid on time, including those paid by third parties.

Can I Use a Payment Plan?

Most definitely. Affording your education is easier with our Payment Plan.

  1. Pay for your Professional Certificate with 11 monthly payments of $250, or pay for your Professional Certificate PLUS with 13 monthly payments of $288.
  2. Once you’ve set up your plan, your payments are automatic.
  3. Your first payment which includes a $200 Registration Fee.