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 exam 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 (Online)
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. Hi-speed internet access is required for all online class sessions. Please visit Adobe.com to purchase your subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud software. For details on how the Creative Cloud works, please click here.
Textbooks and Materials
All course textbooks and materials are included in the price of the course. After enrolling, you can pick up your Introduction to Graphic Design textbook from the CAPE office prior to the start of the online class. For all other classes, textbooks will be distributed to students during the first class session.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
- View the informational video or talk with a student advisor. Our online info sessions are packed with information about the SMU Graphic Design Program and the design industry. If you prefer, you can talk one-on-one with a student advisor to answer your specific questions.
- Enroll in the graphic design certificate program. Click here to enroll online or download a paper application.