Graphic Design Fundamentals

Develop design skills for effective and artistic visual communication
Certificate Overview
Credits 12
Duration 3 quarters
Next Start Term Fall quarter 2022
Location Online with synchronous class meetings
Schedule Tuesdays, 6 - 8:50 pm
Cost $30 - $60 enrollment fee plus tuition. See Academic Certificate Costs and Aid for more information about tuition. 

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

Graphic Design I: Principles and Practices for Artists and Designers 

Study the power of graphic design and experiment with fundamental principles and practices in image-making, typography, and visual composition through project-based assignments. This course will focus on both hand-work using art materials and digital design with Adobe Creative Cloud Express.

Graphic Design II: Brand Identity and Print Publication for Artists and Designers

Build on the foundational principles and practices of visual design by directly applying your skills to create two brand identity style guides. Learn to use Adobe InDesign, gain familiarity with web design, and deepen your knowledge of typography and publication.

Graphic Design III: Capstone Projects, Professional Portfolios, and User Interface Design for Artists and Designers 

Focus on effective concept and project development in this project-intensive course. Design and complete an individual capstone project and build a professional digital portfolio of your art and design work. Learn to create digital portfolios with Adobe Portfolio and WordPress.