Graphic Design

Graphic Design

SMU Graphic Design Certificate Program | Program Details

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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The SMU Graphic Design Certificate Program consists of over 100 hours of graphic design education, completed over 9 months, in both an online and in-class environment.

The SMU Graphic Design Certificate program is offered in a cohort format. A cohort is structured so that students progress through the program together, guided by expert instructors. Courses build upon one another with assignments and lessons, allowing you to hone your design skills in between class sessions. The certificate program culminates in a Capstone Course, in which you'll create your final, portfolio-bound design project, with the guidance of your instructor. 

Graphic Design Certificate Program completion requirements

Complete each class below and pass each class with a score of 75% or better:

  • Introduction to Graphic Design (Online)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Print Graphics with Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign

Complete the Capstone class with at least a 70% score

  • Graphic Design Certificate Capstone

Graphic Design Certificate Program Details

Computer and Software

Certificate program students will be working on a real-world graphic design project inside and outside of the classroom. To complete this work effectively, you must bring a personal laptop computer (with the Adobe Creative Cloud software installed) to all classroom sessions. High-speed internet access is required for all online class sessions. Please visit to purchase your subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud software. For details on how the Creative Cloud works, please click here.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks are not included in the cost of the course and can be purchased online or at a bookstore of your choice.

General Policies

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

Cancellation and Refund Policy

CAPE makes every effort to assure a quality learning experience. If you choose to withdraw from the Graphic Design certificate program, please notify us in writing (via email: or fax: (214) 768-1071) before 5:00 p.m. of the program start date. A refund will be issued, less a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be given after the program start date.

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.

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Get Started on your Graphic Design Certificate!

  1. View the informational video or talk with a student advisor to answer your specific questions.
  2. Enroll in the graphic design certificate program. Click here to enroll online or download a paper application.