Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I call for more information?

Please contact Program Advisor Andrew Garber by clicking here.

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I haven't earned a college degree. Can I be admitted?

A college degree is not required to join the Graphic Design program, but some post-secondary coursework is recommended.

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How much and what kind of experience must I have had?

You must have a working knowledge of computers and the internet including how to locate, open, and save files. For advanced classes, you may need access to high-speed internet at your home. 

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Will the courses I have already taken count toward my certification?

Yes, if you choose to enroll in the certificate program, any graphic design classes you have taken in teh last year will count toward completing your certificate.

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What is a passing score in the capstone?

You must receive a score of at least 75% in the capstone course in order to receive your certificate. This score is based on your homework assignments in the capstone course, as well as evaluation of your final graphic design project. Evaluation of your final project is based on your use of the skills and techniques you've learned throughout the program.

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Will I receive grades in each class? Are there any exams?

Students are required to complete an exam after each course in the Fundamentals of Graphic Design certificate. Students must achieve 75% or higher on these exams to pass each course.  Students will be issued a letter grade for each course based on the grade achieved on the exam.

Students in the Advanced Graphic Design Certificate will be required to complete a final project in the 10-week capstone course. Students must achieve 75% or higher on the final project to successfully complete the program.

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Can I register for classes before I enroll in the program?

We highly recommend that you enroll in the program before you register for classes. Program enrollment is free, requires no commitment, and will allow you to receive all relevant information about upcoming classes, your progress in the program, and more. If you enroll in the program after you begin taking classes, you will see those counted toward your certificate completion. 

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Do you accept the Hope Scholarship?

The majority of financial aid programs such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and HOPE Scholarships/Grants are only available to student attending for-credit courses that lead to a degree or other academic credential. Emory Continuing Education offers non-credit courses, and we are unable to process these forms of financial assistance. 

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Do you offer financial assistance for military personnel?

Tuition assistance is available for eligible members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines who wish to attend Emory Continuing Education. For further information, please contact Gerald Clay at gclay@emory.edu.

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Do you accept VA funding for training services?

Emory Continuing Education does participate in the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP). Please contact Gerald Clay at gclay@emory.edu to find out more about your options.

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My credit rating is not the greatest. Should I still try to get a loan?

Many lenders will be happy to loan you the money if you have a co-borrower who will sign your loan agreement. Be aware that the interest rate on the loan will vary according to your credit rating.

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Can I start a class while I am waiting for my loan to be approved?

No, but we will be happy to charge your credit card for the cost of the class and refund the same card when the loan money arrives.

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My employer offers tuition vouchers. Do you accept these vouchers?

Yes, we will accept your tuition voucher and invoice your employer. The voucher must clearly give the name and address of the employer as well as the amount allowed for the class. Please contact Gerald Clay at gclay@emory.edu for details.

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