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  • Graphic and Digital Design

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    Open Campus
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 212.229.5620

  • Today’s graphic, Web, and interactive designers must constantly adapt to new technologies and a changing visual culture. Our graphic design program places you ahead of the curve. Courses enhance your basic skills in concept, type, layout, and color while providing training in industry-standard software. 

    • Format Online or on campus
    • Price $6,174–$6,512 total
    • Total Courses 8
    • Course Length Varies
  • Courses

    Color Theory

    Discover color and its implications for designers and artists, such as the use of color to solve spatial problems. This course also examines color qualities, color harmony, and the way colors interact.

    Graphic Design I

    Explore the triad of visual communication — message, form, and audience — and apply this concept to typography, composition, and color. Projects focus on mastery of design fundamentals, as well as the process of ideation, research, prototyping, and testing.

    Digital Graphics with Illustrator I

    Employ curves, lines, and shapes to make objects. Then color, manipulate, move, duplicate, scale, and rotate these objects to create graphics or artwork that are usable for print and the Web.

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

    Digital Imaging with Photoshop

    Acquire a working knowledge of this software platform — the industry standard for print, webpages, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography.

    Graphic Design History

    This course surveys graphic design from the mid–19th century through the digital revolution. You will focus on influential movements that include Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Dada, Constructivism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik, DIY Punk, and today’s digital landscape.

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

    Elective offerings include Typography I, Digital Layout: Adobe InDesign, Communication and Promotional Design, and 3D Modeling Fundamentals.

  • “I love storytelling through visuals — creating logos and identity systems for individuals and businesses.”

    — Kristin Jaworowski, Graphic and Digital Design Certificate alumna

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Students interested in visual communication
    • Graphic designers who want to master of current best practices and software programs
    • Other design professionals who are interested in incorporating graphic design, illustration, multimedia design, and package design into their work
    • Digital designers and Web developers who need to learn the basics of graphic design and explore print formats

    What You’ll Gain

    • Basic design skills including concept, type, layout, and color
    • An understanding of the relationship between photography, type, color, and other elements that yield a legible, compelling composition
    • Training in industry-standard software
    • Fluency in the process of conceptualization, design development, and execution

    How You’ll Learn

    • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
    • In-person and online collaboration in small classes, supported by video conferencing 
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
    • Flexibility to review course content and complete assignments at any time
  • Why Open Campus?

    Welcome to a community of groundbreaking thinkers. At Open Campus, you have the freedom to reimagine your career path in the cross-disciplinary environment that you can find only at Parsons School of Design — the top-ranked accredited art and design school in the United States.* Our dynamic network of faculty scholars and working professionals are united by the same vision and values, and a drive to innovate. Discover new possibilities in professional education at Open Campus, making connections across industries and advancing your knowledge in unexpected ways. 

    *Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2020).

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