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Graphic Design I + II Certificates

Graphic design incorporates communication, aesthetics, creativity, and experimentation.  The Continuing Education Graphic Design Certificate is an encompassing program that introduces students to everything from the fundamentals of print design and typography to motion graphics and new interfaces for visual communication. Certificate students learn design thinking in context, developing a visual language and acuity through studio work, projects, and critique. 

Level I introduces you to the Adobe Creative Cloud platform while embedding design thinking into each course.  You'll work with mock-clients and various design assets to produce print and digital projects for a variety of contexts.  Through in-class discussions and critiques, you will learn to effectively evaluate your designs and creative output.

Graphic Design Level I Course Sequence

Participants complete the 12-credit Level I course sequence in three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer or Spring, Summer, Fall). All classes meet on campus weekly from 6-9 pm. Classes are supplemented with 6 special topic presentations, field trips, and hands-on experiences.

1: Introduction to Graphic Design

(First course | 1 cr | 1 Day Workshop | $100)

2: Design with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for creating vector-based graphics such as logos and typography. It is also a rich supporting tool in creating page layouts prior to starting design. This course focuses on using Illustrator's interface, workspace, tools, and techniques to create website layouts, graphics, icons and typographical graphics. (Second course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $640)

3: Design with Adobe Photoshop

Explore Photoshop through hands-on web design exercises. The course starts with an intro to the Photoshop interface, tools. and file types used for web graphics. Learn how to use layers, effects, text, filters, and image optimization tools to create website templates, rich graphics, and web page elements. (Third course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $640)

4: Design with Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a page layout program for creating multipage documents, books, brochures, ads, posters, billboards, and more — using text, images, and illustrations. Learn how to use InDesign congruently with other Adobe Creative Cloud applications to improve your design projects. (Fourth course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $640)

5: Design with Adobe After Effects

Motion graphics can be found in a wide range of media — from broadcast media to web, film, animation, and games. In this course, you'll learn to animate a design using Adobe After Effects’ interface, workspace, tools, and techniques. You'll explore the elements of time and space in order to convey messages and meaning using type, image, and sound. (Fifth course | 2 cr | 5 Weeks | $640)

6: Typography

Through a series of applied design projects, this course stresses the importance of typography in visual communication. Study letterform anatomy, type history, typographic contrast, characteristics of major type families, and how to design words, sentences, and paragraphs to visually communicate an idea. Develop your ability to create typographic layouts using the dynamics of a grid system as a design tool and to build an effective hierarchy. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Design, Adobe InDesign or equivalent experience. (Sixth course | 3 cr | 10 Weeks | $940)

Level II focuses on developing and fine-tuning your visual communication skills, aesthetic, and design acumen to create a body of work that represents your individual vision as a designer. 

Participants can start with Level II upon completion of Level I or enter by portfolio review. 

Graphic Design Level II Course Sequence

Participants complete the 9-credit Level II course sequence in three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer or Spring, Summer, Fall). All classes meet on campus once a week from 6-9 pm. Classes are supplemented with 6 special topic presentations, field trips, and hands-on experiences.

1: Logo + Brand Design

Conceiving + designing an effective brand identity. (First course | 3 cr | 10 Weeks | $940)

2: Motion Graphics

Design the illusion of motion for multimedia projects. (Second course | 3 cr | 10 Weeks | $940)

Final Course Capstone: Graphic Design

Design a graphic campaign for a real-world client from concept to completion. (Final course | 3 cr | 10 Weeks | $940)

Digital Design Panel Discussion with UArts Faculty
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Gershman Chapel, 401 S. Broad St. (Broad & Pine)  |  7 PM - 8 PM

Join us for a panel discussion with UArts digital design and technology faculty.  The conversation will focus on trends in various digital design fields, and recommended courses and certificates to help you navigate the digital landscape.

Past visiting artists, events & lectures have included:

Chris Buoni, Perfect Communications

Allan Espiritu and Kevin KernanGD Loft
Definitely Maybe: GDLOFT (2016-2018)

Mary Phelan, Professor, Printmaking + Book Arts
Letterpress shop tour and presentation of UArts print collection​​​​​​​

Tim Moyer, Lead: XR Lab, DICE Group @ Jefferson Health
Motion Graphics and VR

Applications are accepted for Fall

Application deadline: September 9, 2019
Fall cohort begins: September 30, 2019  

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If accepted, students must submit a non-refundable matriculation fee of $100 to hold their place in the program. The matriculation fee is used to cover costs associated with the certificate program such as UArts CS student photo ID and computer lab access.

If you would like to meet with a staff member or schedule an advising session, please email ce@uarts.edu to schedule an appointment at our Center City Philadelphia office.  Philadelphia Campus Tours: Contact the Office of Admissions to arrange for a tour — admissions@uarts.edu  or  (215) 717 - 6049


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Contact Continuing Education
School of Critical & Professional Studies
   with the Center for Engagement
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 905
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 717 - 6006