Graphic Design

Graphic Design

SMU Graphic Design Certificate Program | Enrollment & Financial Aid

Program Fast Facts

DURATION 9 months
FORMAT In-Person
TUITION Priority Rate (two weeks before start date): $3,745
Standard Rate: $3,995
NEXT DATES Sep. 5, 2017

Applications are now open! Registration will open July 6, 2017.


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Graphic Design Certificate Program Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Certificate Program in Graphic Design is $3,995. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee before you submit your completed enrollment form.

*Please note: Textbooks are not included in the cost of the course and can be purchased online or at a bookstore of your choice. You will receive the book list by email before the first class begins.

Program Requirements

Admission to the SMU Graphic Design Certificate program requires:

  • A four year undergraduate degree and/or four years of related professional work experience
  • A personal laptop computer (to bring to classroom sessions)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud software installed
  • High-speed internet access
  • Basic computer knowledge

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Select the start date of your choice, and submit your $50 application fee online.
  2. Complete the enrollment form that you receive in your email confirmation and submit the form along with a copy of your undergraduate transcript or diploma via the methods listed on the enrollment form.
  3. SMU will confirm your acceptance and facilitate your payment for the program of your choice. 

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Financing Options for the Graphic Design Certificate Program

SMU has a relationship with Sallie Mae for their Smart Options Continuing Education Student Loan. To apply for this loan, follow the steps below:

(Please note: Your requested loan amount cannot exceed the program tuition)


  1. Apply for the loan through our official Sallie Mae portal website. You will receive your decision in less than 30 minutes after applying for the loan. If you are approved for the loan please continue to the next step.
  2. Download and complete the enrollment form and fax or email it to the CAPE office. The fax number and email address are on the form.
  3. Create your student account here. When you get to the payment screen you can close out of the system as your tuition will be paid by your Sallie Mae loan check which will be sent to the CAPE office.

Graphic Design Certificate Program Policies


Textbooks and course materials are not included in the tuition amount.

General Policies

Students must enroll before attending courses in this program. Instructors cannot accept enrollment fees. SMU reserves the right to substitute instructors, change course locations, cancel courses, adjust curricula or schedules, or limit enrollment.

Course Transfers

You may transfer a course registration one time, within the guidelines of the withdrawal policy.  If you fail to attend the class you transferred into, you forfeit the course tuition.

Class Cancellations

CAPE reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes due to low enrollment. Such decisions are made three business days prior to the class begin date. If a course is rescheduled for any reason, those registered will be contacted to verify availability for the rescheduled date.  If those registered are not available for the rescheduled class date, tuition will be refunded in full.  If the class is cancelled and a new date is not available, tuition will be refunded in full.

Certificate Completion

You will have 18 months from your first day of class to successfully complete the program.  In the event that you experience personal or professional reasons which delay your completion of the program or fail to successfully pass required exams, the following policy applies:

  1. The 18 month clock begins on the first day of class.   
  2. The program must be completed within the 18 month period so students should plan their schedules accordingly.  This means that the last day of class of the last necessary area must be completed within the 18 month period.
  3. After 18 months from the student’s first day of class, when the student originally begins the program, the student’s enrollment in the program expires. The student will be removed from participating in the program. If s/he has not successfully completed the program within the 18 month window, her/his program status is “incomplete” and s/he will not receive a certificate of completion from the program.
  4. After 18 months, a former student may reapply to the program and will be subject to the program’s current tuition and space availability. 


Contact a Program Advisor at 214-621-4834 or

Suspension of Attendance, Cancellation of Registration, or Withdrawal

SMU CAPE professional certificate enrollment is final as of 3 business days prior to first class start date and programs are intended to be successfully completed in full. Once you are enrolled, withdrawal from the program or not completing the program forfeits your tuition costs. We do not provide any prorated refunds or credits for partial certificate program completion. However, students may transfer to another cohort / class free of charge, provided there is space available and time remaining for them to successfully complete the program. Students may also put funds in escrow for up to 12 months for use by themselves or someone else if withdrawing prior to program start date.

If a withdrawal request is received in writing (email sent to more than three full business days prior to the first class start date students may receive a refund, minus a $250.00 processing fee.

Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. All refunds will be made in the form of the original payment. Please allow up to six weeks to receive check refunds. Full details are available in the certificate terms and conditions provided during the application process.