Graphic Design Certificate Program Courses

SMU Graphic Design Certificate Program Courses

The following courses make up our Certificate in Graphic Design

Graphic Design Certificate Cohort Program
September 23 - May 26, 2015
This cohort meets Tues & Thurs evenings - View cohort schedule
$3850 Register
Non-Certificate Short Courses

Interested in learning software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, or InDesign, but not a full certificate? SMU offers short courses on many graphic design topics (these do not contribute to the completion of the SMU certificate). Click here for a list of upcoming graphic design short courses.

Introduction to Graphic Design

Graphic design is the visual expression of ideas. A graphic designers' role is to translate, communicate - and sometimes advocate - by giving form to ideas. Though communication is often done digitally, graphic design is thriving since graphic designers are now needed for both print (flyers, brochures, etc.) and digital (web templates, digital billboards, banner ads, etc.) design.Learn more...


Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF) is the industry standard for exchanging electronic documents. Acrobat can maintain your page layout and prevent changes to documents, even when they are shared with others. Learn more...


Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the industry leading tool used to create professional vector graphics for print and web designs. Used by design professionals worldwide, Illustrator provides precise and powerful drawing tools and a host of time-savers for busy professionals. Learn more...


Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign takes desktop publishing and design to another level. In this course, you'll learn to use the extraordinary power of InDesign to create multi-page documents and prepare them for print or export as a PDF. Learn more...


Print Graphics with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for producing professional graphics and an essential tool for most design professionals, whether they work on digital or print images. In this course, you'll learn to retouch digital photos by cropping, sizing, and perfecting contrast, color balance, and many other tools. Learn more...


Graphic Design Certificate Capstone

In this tutorial style course, you'll experience the process used by professional freelancers and design firms to create professional quality graphic design pieces. Over ten weeks you'll come to understand, in theory and practice, what makes good design - in form and space, in color fundamentals, in translating key messages into design, and in utilizing typography and images effectively. Learn more...