Graphic and Digital Design (Online)

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    Certificate Requirements

    • This certificate can be completed online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.
    • Course requirements: 8 individual online and/or on-campus courses. You may enroll in Color Theory, Graphic Design I, or Digital Graphics with Illustrator I as your first required course(s).
    • Timeline to completion: Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. The certificate must be completed in two years.
    • Cost: $814 per course ($2,104 for Basic Core)

    Be a future-focused creative professional. Today's graphic, Web, and interactive designers must be adaptable and remain up-to-date in the evolving world of technology and visual culture. Graphic design courses develop foundational design skills (concept, type, layout, color) and provide training in industry-standard software. Tailored instruction enables both beginning and advanced students to make progress in these courses.

    Start by completing the following foundational courses:

    • Color Theory
    • Graphic Design I
    • Digital Graphics with Illustrator I

    After you complete these courses, your next step will be to enroll in the following:

    • Digital Imaging with Photoshop
    • Graphic Design History

    After you complete these courses, your final step will be to enroll in three electives. Choose one of the following options: 

    Option 1: Recommended Electives

    • Typography I
      An in-depth understanding of typographic concepts and methods is essential for effective visual communication. Students examine the evolution of the alphabet and the history and basics of typographic style (with an emphasis on 20th-century type design and application). Projects help students understand the difference between legibility and readability and develop a discerning eye and the ability to create effective and expressive type designs. The impact of technology on type design and the work of typographic innovators are discussed. Online sections require access to a scanner.

    • Digital Layout: Adobe InDesign
      In this course, we explore the potential of InDesign as a design tool. InDesign is the industry-standard program for professional page layout. The focus of the class is on using the features of InDesign to develop design skills. There is an emphasis on typography. Discussions include design critiques, in which students learn how to analyze design and how to give and receive constructive criticism. Prerequisite: Familiarity with the Mac operating system, and some exposure to Illustrator or Adobe products is desirable. CS Adobe InDesign will be used in the course. Online students must have InDesign CS or higher (Mac or Windows platform).

    • One elective — choose from our offerings in graphic design and digital design. View elective offerings here.

    Option 2: Choose your own elective track

    • Three electives — choose from our offerings in graphic design and digital design. View elective offerings here.

    Want to go further? Explore the AAS degree program in Graphic Design at Parsons.