Graphic Design

Advanced Certificate in Graphic Design

Graphic designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They use a variety of print, electronic and film media and technologies to execute designs that meet clients' communication needs. They consider cognitive, cultural, physical and social factors in executing designs that are appropriate for a given context.

This 37 credit program provides a sound education in graphic design theory, technology and application. Students completing the certificate will be well versed in industry standard software, including PhotoShop, Freehand, Dreamweaver, Flash and Quark on the industry accepted platform of MacIntosh. As a culminating experience, students will develop a professional level portfolio and personal promotional materials.

Students who enroll in two or more courses each term should be able to complete the certificate in two years. All students must demonstrate computer competency or meet this requirement by completing Computer Applications (MIS 101) prior to enrolling in Introduction to Graphic Design (Art 220).

Course Requirements*
ART 101 Drawing
ART 220 Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 221 Digital Imagery
ART 223 History of Modern Art
ART 320 Type and Publication Design
ART 225 Computer Illustration Techniques
ART 321 Introduction to Web Design
ART 322 Corporate Identity and Branding
ART 323 Portfolio Development
ART 325 Information Architecture and Interactive Design
ART ** (Two elective courses)

* Descriptions are available in the Course Catalog

Cost and Career Information

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Admissions Requirements

B.A. or B.S. degree with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Admissions Procedures

Have official college transcripts sent to the Office of Adult & Graduate Programs. Submit a completed Advanced Certificate Application, along with a $30 application fee. Or you can also choose to apply online for free.


Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

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