Graphic Design Certificate

Develop your creative and technical skills while learning industry-standard design software

Program Fast Facts

  • Start date: September 6, 2022
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
    6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Online
  • 9 months
  • 3,745 Priority Tuition
    (expires 8/23/22)
    $3,995 Standard Tuition


Instructors for the graphic design program were chosen through a rigorous process to ensure that they are both masters of their craft and effective at teaching complex technical topics with clarity and sometimes even humor!


Karen Damwijk

Karen has spent time working in Michigan, California, and Dallas a multimedia designer, graphic designer, instructional designer, and a creative manager for ad agencies and directly in large corporations; including Yamaha Motorsports and Johnny Rockets Restaurant. She brings her industry experience and creative knowledge to help engage students in the classroom, and has taught with the program since Spring 2016. Karen previously taught at Monroe County Community College in Michigan, and at summer camps on the University of Michigan campus.

Mandy Engleman

Mandy Engleman is a graphic designer and educator with over 20 years of experience in the design field, primarily in art and science museums. She has created and managed in-house design teams at the Dallas Museum of Art and Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and for the past six years has co-owned Boldface Studio, a design boutique specializing in nonprofit design. For the past fifteen years she has also taught design courses specializing in typography, graphic design, and portfolio development.

Mandy has a BFA in design communications from Texas A&M University—Commerce and has a wide range of experience in brand development, print, publications, environmental design, and creative/art direction. She is passionate about typography, color, and design and brings that passion to the classroom when teaching and mentoring students.
Alyssa Galganov

Alyssa Galganov

Alyssa is an Adobe® enthusiast with a strong desire to learn the latest in graphic design techniques. She brings over 15 years of experience in advertising, publishing and interactive design. Currently, she is working on various projects with a UX design team at Sabre. She spent 10 creative years at the Dallas Morning News working in their advertising agency and has consulted on special projects at Freeman, American Airlines and RTKL. Other interests include photography, travel and spending time with husband, Richard.
Karen Gogerty

Karen Gogerty

Karen Gogerty has more than 15 years of graphic design experience with a strong background in creative design, branding, typography and photography. She specializes in creating, promoting and managing strong brands through a consistent design perspective. She works primarily in print mediums, but also has experience in web and online applications. She is a creative and conceptual planner who uses her business insight to drive simultaneous projects, identify new opportunities, and use resources efficiently all while meeting the strategic goals of the corporation. She has managed the brand of an established, billion-dollar company, and as a professor has introduced the love of graphic design to the next generation of artists. In addition to her design background, she has professional experience in managing people and has empowered a large team to execute daily promotional events. She has a BA and MA in advertising and integrated communications, respectfully.
Toni Schuster

Toni Schuster

With an MFA in visual communications, Toni M. Schuster, brings 25 years professional experience as a graphic designer, art director, visual design manager and educator.

Her portfolio includes work for private individuals as well corporations. Her papers and projects have been published in Logo Lounge, The Humanities Journal, and other industry related resources.

Through each course she instructs, Toni attempts to create an exciting and concrete learning experience — empowering students to do their possible best.

Stacy Wewe

Stacy Wewe is an experienced visual communication designer with twenty years of experience in print and advertising, covering a wide range of projects including strategic marketing, brand identity, magazine design, packaging (CPG) and web design. She has a bachelor’s in broadcasting and graphic design from Washburn University and a master’s in advertising from Kansas University. Stacy currently freelances and teaches advertising and design classes at the Art Institute of Fort Worth and SMU.