Design Communication Arts

Ignite your creativity and prepare for a career in graphic design. With the Design Communication Arts Certificate, you will learn how to think like a designer while developing the visual literacy needed to thrive in a professional setting. Feel confident and ready to start your career as a graphic designer through portfolio reviews, a capstone course, mentorship and internship opportunities.

This program is perfect for...

  • Those who want to pursue a career in visual communications and graphic design
  • Creative individuals who want to cultivate their talent as visual artists, while learning how to think like a designer
  • Self-taught designers who want to build upon their skills while earning a professional certificate
  • Individuals who want to learn to collaborate with clients, printers, designers, writers, programmers, and anyone else involved in the design process

What you can learn.

  • An understanding of fundamental design principles, tools and techniques for graphic designers, and how to put your ideas into action
  • How to utilize critical thinking, research, and your unique perspective to conceptualize and execute visual communications
  • How to position yourself for the competitive job market, including how to build a strong portfolio that shows off your creative abilities
  • Skills needed to be successful in a professional atmosphere, including strong conceptual and problem-solving skills and how to effectively collaborate with clients and other creative professionals

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

DESMA X 482.10
DESMA X 479.2D
DESMA X 479.4A
DESMA X 479.6A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.6P
Suggested Electives
Select two courses from the list below.
DESMA X 481.20
DESMA X 481.99QU
Typically Offered: Fall
DESMA X 481.99AF
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 481.99FG
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 481.99QT
DESMA X 479.47AA
DESMA X 481.55
DESMA X 481.99Z
DESMA X 482.14
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 489.5F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.4B
DESMA X 479.4D
DESMA X 479.6C
DESMA X 479.6D
DESMA X 479.79H
DESMA X 479.7F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 479.8K
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
DESMA X 481.11
DESMA X 479.3A
Typically Offered: Winter
DESMA X 481.43
DESMA X 481.47
ART X 438.9
ART X 439.90
ART X 440.22
ART X 440.221
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Suggested Prerequisites

Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign (students without this background may take individual courses or our Design Software Bootcamp, which covers all three programs). 

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

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Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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