Graphic Design Certificate Program

SMU Graphic Design Certificate Program | Program Details

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 a maximum of 15 students progress through the program together. 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 the unique online Capstone Course, in which you'll create your final, portfolio-bound design project, with the guidance of your instructor. The certificate program takes approximately 9 months to complete and includes over 100 hours of hands-on, practical graphic design education.

Graphic Design Certificate Program completion requirements

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

Course

Introduction to Graphic Design (Online)

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Illustrator

Print Graphics with Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

2. Complete the Capstone class with at least a 70% score

Course

Graphic Design Certificate Capstone (Online)

Graphic Design Certificate Program Details

Please note that, as of June 1, 2013, the Graphic Design Certificate Program has shifted from an open-enrollment to a cohort format. All students who intend to earn the SMU certificate must enroll prior to taking individual classes. If you have any questions about this new program structure, please contact an advisor.

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 Suite software installed) to all classroom sessions. Hi-speed internet access is required for all online class sessions. Adobe offers an educational discount on the Adobe Creative Cloud software - please contact an advisor for more information on this discount offer.

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.

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 a certificate program, please notify us in writing (via email: smuthink@smu.edu, fax: (214) 768-1071, or U.S. mail: SMU Continuing and Professional Education, P.O. Box 750275, Dallas, TX 75275-0275) before 5:00 p.m., ten business days prior to the certificate program start date. A full refund will be issued, minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after this date.

If you choose to withdraw from an individual class, please notify us in writing (via email: smuthink@smu.edu, fax: (214) 768-1071, or U.S. mail: SMU Continuing and Professional Education, P.O. Box 750275, Dallas, TX 75275-0275), before 5:00 p.m., three business days prior to the class start date. A full refund will be issued, minus a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after this date. No refunds are issued for certificate application fee payments.

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.  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.
  2. Enroll in the graphic design certificate program. Click here to enroll online or download a paper application.