Academic Certificate

Graphic Design Fundamentals

Develop design skills for effective and artistic visual communication

Contact and location

Credits & Duration

  • 12 credits
  • 3 quarters


  • Online - synchronous

Start Term

  • Fall


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

This three-course certificate will show you the power of effective graphic design and prepare you for careers in visual communication.

Learn foundations of graphic design such as image-making, typography, and composition through project-based assignments from home. Explore the principles of design and communication with these robust courses that encourage you to play with ideas to discover your style and personal brand identity.

Certificate Prerequisites

To participate in this remote-learning certificate, students will need access to a laptop or desktop computer with a multi-core processor and minimum 8GB RAM, digital camera (phone camera is fine), access to the internet, and a flat working surface. 

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 12 undergraduate credits which must be taken in sequence.

Graphic Design I: Principles and Practices for Artists and Designers - Fall Quarter, 4 credits
Graphic Design II: Brand Identity and Print Publication for Artists and Designers - Winter Quarter, 4 credits
Graphic Design III: Capstone Projects, Professional Portfolios, and User Interface Design for Artists and Designers - Spring Quarter, 4 credits

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog