Graphic & Digital Design Certificate


Graphic & Digital
Design Certificate

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Today’s graphic, Web, and interactive designers must constantly adapt to new technologies and a changing visual culture. Our graphic design program places you ahead of the curve. Courses enhance your basic skills in concept, type, layout, and color while providing training in industry-standard software.






$7,480 total


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Who Should Enroll

  • Students interested in visual communication
  • Graphic designers who want to master current best practices and software programs
  • Other design professionals who are interested in incorporating graphic design, illustration, multimedia design, and package design into their work
  • Digital designers and Web developers who need to learn the basics of graphic design and explore print formats

What You'll Gain

  • Basic design skills including concept, type, layout, and color
  • An understanding of the relationship between photography, type, color, and other elements that yield a legible, compelling composition
  • Training in industry-standard software
  • Fluency in the process of conceptualization, design development, and execution

How You'll Learn

  • Engaging video lectures and interviews with industry experts
  • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their fields
  • Online collaboration in small classes, supported by video conferencing
  • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets


Students complete a total of eight courses: five core courses (Color Theory, Introduction to Graphic Design, Digital Graphics with Illustrator, Digital Imaging with Photoshop, and Graphic Design History) and three electives.

Discover color and its implications for designers and artists. Study ideas about space and the use of color to solve spatial problems. Examine color harmony and the way colors interact, as well as color qualities and combinations.
Master design fundamentals and concept development in relation to typography, composition, and color. Explore the concept of visual communication in terms of the triad of message, form, and audience. Projects focus on the design process: ideation, research, prototyping, solution, and reflection.
Create curves, lines, and shapes to make objects that can be colored, manipulated, moved, duplicated, scaled, and rotated, generating smooth-lined, clean, scalable graphics or artwork for both print and the Web.
Acquire a working knowledge of this industry-standard software, used for print, webpages, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography.
This course covers the history of graphic design from the mid-19th century through the digital revolution. Examine influential movements including Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Dada, Constructivism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Neue Grafik, and DIY Punk, as well as today’s digital landscape.
Choose from elective offerings including Typography I, Digital Layout: Adobe InDesign, Graphic Design 2, Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro, Print Production in a Digital World, 3D Modeling Fundamentals, Introduction to Web and Mobile, Storytelling with Motion Graphics and Animation, Fundamentals of Illustrated Journalism and Memoir, Illustration as a Visual Language (half elective), Social Media Marketing (half elective), and Graphic Design Portfolio (half elective). (Two half electives must be completed in order to count towards one of your elective requirements).

“I love storytelling through visuals — creating logos and identity systems for individuals and businesses.”

Kristin Jaworowski, graduate, Graphic and Digital Design Certificate program

Why The New School?

The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design — a globally top-ranked design school — our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to new ones in a constantly evolving world.