Design Communication Arts

Acquire a solid foundation in graphic design. Then choose electives in web and interaction design, photography, user experience, and other skills to help prepare you for a career in graphic design.

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals who want to pursue a career in graphic design
  • Anyone who wants to learn essential design concepts, web and interaction design, photography, and other skills, via in-person or online courses
  • Individuals who want to learn to collaborate with clients, printers, designers, writers, programmers, and anyone else involved in the design process
  • Students who want to gain confidence in their creative and practical skills and leave the program with a portfolio that reflects their unique view of the world

What you can learn.

  • How to create a robust user experience for a variety of outputs, including print and electronic media
  • How to utilize critical thinking and your unique perspective to offer even greater value when conceptualizing and executing ideas
  • How to contribute value at different stages of the design process to distinguish yourself from other professionals in the graphic design job market
  • Core design principles including HTML and CSS web design best practices; JavaScript programming and jQuery framework use; photography skills; how to use graphic design tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator; and typography

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 out of 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
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
DESMA X 481.99FG
DESMA X 481.99QT
DESMA X 479.47AA
DESMA X 481.55
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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.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


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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