Graphic Design, Undergraduate Certificate

The Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate is for working adults with a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution who seek the skills and competency to advance into a career in graphic design. This program focuses on pragmatic problem-solving concepts while emphasizing the design process. Students learn layout, typography and semiotics in a project-based learning environment that asks them to create posters, brochures, publications and identity systems. Throughout the program, the portfolio development process is emphasized as students prepare for careers as graphic designers, project managers and art directors. 

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate certificates are awarded concurrently with the bachelor’s degree, i.e., at graduation. (Individuals already holding a bachelor’s degree will be awarded the certificate upon completion of the certificate program.) Please see the University Catalog for complete information on program requirements and policies. Additional specifications may apply.

Certificate Requirements (24 credits)

Students entering the program must be able to demonstrate basic skills in visual language and should have working knowledge of professional graphic design software, or must take AVT 180 - New Media in the Creative Arts (3 credits) in addition to other required courses.

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