Parsons Paris

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Graphic and Digital Design

Today's graphic designers must know current technologies and be aware of the rapidly changing image market. Graphic and Digital Design classes emphasize design and creativity while providing intensive technical training. Instruction is flexible and inclusive, enabling both the beginning and advanced student to make great strides during the semester. This certificate can be completed online or in a combination of online and on campus courses.

Graphic and Digital Design Certificate Requirements

  • Basic Core or Color Theory, Graphic Design I, and Digital Graphics with Illustrator I
  • Digital Imaging with Photoshop I
  • Graphic Design History
  • Three (3) digital and/or graphic design elective courses or Typography I, Digital Layout with InDesign, and One (1) digital or graphic design elective course

Note: Core classes are offered only in the fall and spring. Color Theory is listed in the Fine Arts and Foundation section of the catalog.

Graphic/Digital Design Basic Core

In this introduction to visual communication concepts and tools, you will learn the fundamentals of typography design and layout, as well as digital skills. Taught by two instructors, the class includes basic design and type exercises using Photoshop and Illustrator. Develop the essential design skills you need to produce graphics for print, advertising, corporate identity, and other media.

Color Theory

Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Look at color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations.

Graphic Design I

Learn design fundamentals and concept development as they relate to typography, composition, and color. Discover what makes the difference between ordinary images and powerful, effective graphics. Strengthen your design communication skills and develop your style and vision as you transform your concepts into finished designs.


This course is for the design student who needs a comprehensive and intensive introduction to Illustrator. Learn to draw, delineate, and design electronically with this standard vector-based illustration and graphic design program. Create curves, lines, and shapes to make objects that can be colored, manipulated, moved, duplicated, scaled, and rotated, generating smooth-lined, clean, scalable graphics or artwork for both print and the Web. Use this course to make Illustrator an integral part of your digital graphics tool kit. Prerequisite: Mac Basics, Illustrator Basics, or equivalent. Online students must have Illustrator CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform).


Acquire a working knowledge of this industry standard software, used for print, webpages, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography. Explore scanning and color correction, tools and layers for image compositing, elemental retouching, and type treatments. Prerequisite: Mac Basics, Photoshop Basics, or equivalent. Online students must have Photoshop CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform).


This course covers the history of graphic design from the mid-19th century through the digital revolution. Influential movements are examined, including arts and crafts, art nouveau, Dada, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik, and DIY punk. Students explore the evolution of the discipline from typesetting to lithography to digital design and investigate the relationship of the discipline to propaganda, advertising, corporate branding, and social networking.