Graphic Design

Graphic designers plan and create visual solutions to communications needs. Using a variety of print, electronic, film media and technologies, they create a design that meets the needs of their clients. Graphic designers use computer software to develop the layout and design of magazines, newspapers, journals, reports, promotional displays, marketing pieces, logos, signage, Web pages, computer interfaces and multimedia projects.

Degree Overview

Certificate of Achievement, Curriculum Code: 1020 (Effective Fall 2012- Summer 2017). This certificate is designed for students who hold a post secondary degree (A.A., B.A., B.F.A., or M.F.A.) in the visual arts and wish to acquire or enhance their graphic design skills to prepare for employment.


Students should see the Course Descriptions for course prerequisite information. See the Advising page for skills assessment and advising information.


Below you will find the required courses and the recommended course sequence. For more detailed information go to the Course Descriptions page.

First Semester credit hours
ARTS161 Type Communications 3
ARTS164 Vector Drawing 3
ARTS171 Comp Graphics/Digital Imaging 3
ARTS175 Creative Design and Publishing 3
Second Semester credit hours
ARTS173 Computer Graphics/Web Design 3
ARTS183 Design Markets and Influences 3
ARTS251 Graphic Design Communications 3
Third Semester credit hours
ARTS195 Employment/Buisness Issues for Artists 1
ARTS229 Computer Graphics/Advanced Web Design 3
ARTS252 Graphic Design Publications 3
Fourth Semester credit hours
ARTS253 Graphic Design Branding 3
ARTS269 The Portfolio 2

Please click here to download the curriculum guide