The Graphic Design Certificate provides a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates principles of good design, aesthetic appeal, color theory, personal creativity, visual hierarchy, image editing, typography, communication formats, publication design, page-layout techniques, identity branding, and effective messaging to increase engagement and acquisition of design and media skills.
Targeted projects and extensive training in the program allow the student to increase expertise, improve technical skills, and expand soft skills. Additionally, each student develops the ability to collaborate effectively within a team, cope under pressure, communicate professionally, apply important interpersonal skills, and use creative problem solving to exceed the needs of clients and complete projects.
The Graphic Design Certificate may be completed in one or two semesters and is composed of five three-credit courses.
A student who scores below the required levels on state-mandated placement tests in writing, reading, and mathematics must enroll in and complete the appropriate college preparatory courses before enrolling in some required program courses.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is able to:
PLO 1: Create professionally designed print and digital products using industry-standard tools and workflows that adhere to best practices for graphic and visual design.
PLO 2: Apply imaging, illustration, photographic, typographic, prototyping, and other related tools to create, edit, and produce thoughtful visual imagery that effectively communicates intended ideas, emotions, or identities to targeted audiences across a variety of media.