Main content

Graphic Design Certificate

In the world of print and digital design, good looks are everything. Fortunately, creating professional content for either your clients or your employer is made easier by understanding the fundamental concepts provided in our unique Graphic Design courses.

Five certificate courses and 65 total hours of instruction will cover the identification of multiple principles and elements within good design -- color theory, composition, typography and more – while demonstrating how artistic decisions can create cohesive, expressive branding through the use of templates and style guides. We’ll also work within various Adobe Creative Suite software programs to explore effective visual communication strategies and best practices.

Ready to move beyond the basics? The Advanced Graphic Design Certificate includes an additional 55 hours of instruction as you continue to master both Graphic Design Theory and Practice as well as the Adobe Creative Suite. Learn to edit and refine projects with confidence as you conceptualize and execute solutions to complex visual communication challenges.   Personalized guidance and feedback serves as the cornerstone of the capstone class, in which you will create a print project from start to finish as part of your professional portfolio.

Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between raster and vector graphics, as well as identify when to use each type
  • Justify design decisions using their knowledge of color, composition, typography, and information hierarchy
  • Conceptualize and create clear visual solutions for complex communication problems in both print and digital media
  • Address real-world design challenges that accommodate multiple revisions and stakeholders
  • Critique, edit and refine their own and others’ work at a professional level
  • Develop an impactful design portfolio of print and digital collateral

Upcoming Info Sessions

Technology Requirements

All of the courses in this program are held in our technology-equipped classrooms. Students wishing to participate in this program must be comfortable using and navigating computers. Students who plan to complete the Advanced certificate should have access to a computer with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Fundamentals of Graphic Design Courses

The Fundamentals of Graphic Design certificate consists of five (5) courses:

CoursePriceLength
Foundations of Graphic Design$69513 hours
Adobe InDesign Level 1: Introduction$69513 hours
Adobe InDesign Level 2: Intermediate$69513 hours
Adobe Photoshop Level 1: Introduction$69513 hours
Adobe Illustrator Level 1: Introduction$69513 hours

View All Fundamentals Courses

To receive the Fundamentals of Graphic Design certificate, students must:

  • Complete all five (5) of the required courses listed above
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Pass exams after each course with a score of 75% or higher
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

All Fundamentals courses are also offered open enrollment, meaning anyone can register for them regardless of affiliation with Emory or desire to complete the certificate program.

Advanced Graphic Design Courses

The Advanced Graphic Design certificate consists of four (4) courses:

CoursePriceLength
Adobe Photoshop Level 2: Intermediate$69513 hours
Adobe Illustrator Level 2: Intermediate$69513 hours
Advanced Graphic Design: Theory & Practice$79516.5 hours
Graphic Design Certificate Capstone$79513 hours

Note: Students must complete Foundations of Graphic Design and all six Adobe courses before beginning Advanced Graphic Design: Theory & Practice and must complete that course before beginning the Capstone.

View All Advanced Courses

To receive the Advanced certificate, students must:

  • Have already earned the Fundamentals certificate 
  • Complete all four (4) of the required Advanced courses listed above
  • Attend at least 80% of the class sessions in each course
  • Receive a score of 75% of higher on the Capstone project
  • Satisfy all program requirements within 18 months

Who Will Benefit?

The following types of students will benefit from this program:

  • Anyone wishing to learn more about graphic design and the technology it uses
  • Those who want to strengthen or refine their visual communication skills
  • Marketing professionals who want to better understand the creative side of their industry.