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Design Foundations Certificate

Learn the essentials of graphic design through topics such as design concepts and vocabulary, design history and theory, composition, and typography. 

Total cost: Variable depending on coursework; approximately $1305 noncredit, $5120 for credit.

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  • Gain an understanding of various design and typographic processes, systems, and styles, create portfolio-ready projects, and develop a knowledge of design-related vocabulary.
  • Gain experience utilizing typography for a variety of purposes: communication, expression, and organization while working through multiple formats. 
  • Learn important aspects of the history of graphic design, including design history and trends, as well as how the discipline of graphic design fits within a larger cultural context.


For the Design Foundations Certificate, take three different classes in the topic area of Graphic and Web Design. Two of the classes must be a minimum of 5 weeks or longer. Select classes apply to the certificate.

Recommended classes:

  • Graphic Design Essentials (10 weeks)
  • Introduction to Graphic Design (10 weeks)
  • Introduction to Typography (10 weeks)
  • Graduate level Typography class (15 weeks)
  • Graduate level Design in Context class (15 weeks)
  • User Experience (UX) Design Concepts and Mobile Apps (8 weeks)
  • Typography Intensive (5 weeks)
  • Web Development: HTML (5 weeks)