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Graphic Design
Certificate Program

Expand your talents and your opportunities
A love for design can help you begin—or advance—a career in Graphic Design. You will explore the many different areas of this exciting field as you work on projects that will help you develop the skills that today’s employers are searching for.


Cost per course: $740.00

The Graphic Design Certificate program is a great way for beginners to learn the foundations of graphic design and for working professionals to continue developing their skills. You’ll learn how to communicate messages through typography, layout, image, and color using industry-standard software for print and multimedia design, including the Adobe Suite. You’ll also benefit from professors with professional design experience.

The 12 credits gained in the Graphic Design Certificate program will count towards the B.F.A. in Graphic Design program should a student wish to seek admission for this program following the successful completion of the certificate program.

The Graphic Design Certificate program can be completed online in two semesters, taking two 15-week online courses (six credits) each semester.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Semester 1

  • GRD1100 Graphic Design Principles I (3 Credits)
  • GRD1190 Typography 1 (3 Credits)

Semester 2

  • GRD2200 Graphic Design Principles II (3 Credits)
  • GRD2240 Digital Publishing (3 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Introduces two-dimensional design and color theory and their relational aspects. This course explores the elements and principles of design, color, and light in the creative process. Students learn about the design process, from concept to completion, and explore the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator.

Introduces the history, physical attributes, family classification, terminology, and structural aspects of type. Students explore typography as a medium that conveys aesthetic, emotional, and intellectual meaning. Students create effective marketing materials by incorporating type as an integrated and active element.

Integrates the skills acquired in Graphic Design Principles I. Incorporates typography and graphics to create effective communication design from concept through completion. The course utilizes industry standard software.

Integrating type and images in digital page layouts and multiple-page projects. The emphasis will be on the application of industry standard software for both print and digital output.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.