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Graphic Design Level II

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If you are interested in applying to this program for fall 2018, please contact our main office 215-717-6006

The Graphic Design Level I and Level II certificate programs are for people interested in taking the first step towards an entry level design position, freelancing, or for people interested in working within a brand on in-house design.

From ideation to final layouts, the graphic design process is about discovery. Our courses foster design thinking in context and embed core design principles into all your class projects. While the emphasis will be on print—you will be introduced to motion graphics, a growing trend in the field.

Each of the courses in this program will focus on projects where you will be given a set of design assets necessary to complete your assignment. These assets will mimic what a design client might provide, which could be text, color palettes, logos, or images; along with a procedure to follow and the evaluation criteria for successfully completing the project.


Graphic Design Level II focuses on developing and fine-tuning technical and design skills. Beginning with Branding + Logo Design and Motion Graphics, culminating with a Capstone Project which entails designing for a client.

Program Structure

Participants can start with Level II upon completion of Level I or can enter by portfolio review by faculty advisor. The Level II course sequence is a total of 9 credits, in three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall).

All classes meet on campus once a week from 6-9 pm. In addition, classes are supplemented with special topic presentations, field trips, and hands on experiences.

Tuition: $600 - $900 per couse
Fees: $30  - $40 per course.

Why You Should Participate in the Graphic Design Certificate:

  • You want to learn about ideation and the practical application of graphic design principles.
  • You want to become fluent in or refine your understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite design software.
  • You want to learn to work with composition and layouts.
  • You want to learn a flexible skill set for use with print and/or digital media.
  • You want to build a strong design portfolio. 

Ready to apply? Complete the digital form or apply online today!

Please join the Continuing Education mailing list to get updates on this program, and for information on the application deadline to join the next cohort. If you would like to schedule an advising session to discuss your options with Continuing Education staff, please email 

Required Courses

  • Logo + Brand Design
First Course | 10 Weeks | $940

Conceiving + designing an effective brand identity.

  • Motion Graphics
Second Course | 10 Weeks | $940

Design the illusion of motion for multimedia projects.

  • Capstone: Graphic Design
Final Course | 10 Weeks | $940

Design a graphic campaign for a real-world client from concept to completion.

Total Required:                                                        9.0        3 courses