Communication Design Certificate

Students completing a certificate in Communication Design develop foundational skills in graphic design that they apply using industry-standard software. An excellent certificate for studio artists in other media or a skill set that complements credentials and experience of practitioners currently in the field, this program offers the foundational skills, concepts, and practices needed for designers to work successfully in interdisciplinary settings and teams.

Cost

$1042 per credit hour
This certificate is 13.5 credit hours

Required Classes

GI 205 Typography I

June 15 – July 10, 2020
Credits: 1.5
Instructor: Maria Cummings-Miller
Typography is an essential element that can significantly affect the quality of a final project. Students will initially work manually with letterforms to gain a craft-based aesthetic knowledge of typography and eventually move toward a digital application of type and typographic design. Projects will stress the importance of appropriate type usage while addressing issues of craft, readability, message, and style. The software Adobe InDesign and Illustrator will also be explored.

GI 217 Digital Technology I

June 15 – July 10, 2020
Credits: 1.5
Instructor: Adam DelMarcelle
Students will learn how to use the computer as a production tool. The software of the Adobe Creative Suite, including but not limited to InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, will be taught to address current industry standards and requirements. Utility programs, prepress and web issues, and file preparation and management skills will also be addressed.

GD 206 Typography II

July 13 – Aug 7, 2020
Credits: 3
Instructor: TBD
Typography II deals with type as a “volume” and in multi-page productions such as newsletters, magazines, and annual reports. Projects will stress the importance of grids, style sheets, master pages, etc. while exploring the nuances of the software Adobe InDesign.

GI 218 Digital Technology II

July 13 – Aug 7, 2020
Credits: 3
Instructor: TBD
This follow-up course to Digital Technology I will offer a deeper exploration into the Adobe Creative Suite.

GI 201 Visual Communication

Fall 2020
Credits: 3
Instructor: TBD
An entry-level, concept-based studio stressing creative problem-solving. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to create artwork that is an effective union of concept, medium, and craft while addressing theoretical and practical applications. Emphasis will be placed on developing the best concept for each assignment and then learning the process which takes an idea through a linear progression of refinements to a finished piece.

GD 311 Design Studio I

Fall 2020
Credits: 3
Instructor: TBD
This course focuses on identity and brand development — the varied uses of the mark and brand — showing the power that visual communication components must achieve. Emphasis is placed on strong, and influential solutions and techniques of approach. Projects range from personal branding (mark, stationery system, and résumé), to corporate logo design and brand collateral, including collateral literature design and other peripheral materials.