Penn Foster’s online Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate Program consists of classes geared toward helping students gain skills in graphic design essentials, production, photo image editing, typography, portfolio development, and more.
The Graphic Design undergraduate certificate program prepares students to use Adobe® software for graphic design and production in a current career or to continue their graphic design education.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
All applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and learn how computer technology enables the trained individual to create highly sophisticated images.
Color sends a powerful message, and the correct use of color can add to the effectiveness of any project.
Textbook: Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers
In this course, you’ll explore endless possibilities to create a great design.
Textbook: Non-Designers Design Book
Learn and practice the basic skills needed to produce Adobe® Illustrator® artwork.
Software: Adobe® CC
Textbook: Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book
In this course, you’ll learn to use Adobe® Photoshop® to produce the highest-quality images for print, Web, and screen.
Textbook: Adobe® Photoshop® Classroom in a Book
Continue your study of photo image editing usingAdobe® Photoshop,® and practice your skills through step-by-step projects.
Textbook: Adobe® Photoshop® book for digital photographers
Typography is the study of the design of font and the way it is laid out to achieve the desired visual effect. Many graphic design projects involve typography.
Textbook: Designing with Type
In this course, you’ll learn to use Adobe® InDesign® software to create printed publications into that can be repurposed into interactive digital documents for delivery on the Web, mobile, and tablet.
Textbook: Adobe® InDesign® CC: Classroom in a Book
In this course, you’ll learn the components of a successful brand.
Textbook: Packaging Design: Successful Product from Concept to Shelf
This course teaches students about the guiding principles behind web and mobile usability. The course provides instruction on how to develop a usable, accessible website for desktop computers and mobile devices. Topics covered include writing for the web, designing navigation, and usability testing.
Textbook: Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web and Mobile Usability
Portfolio Development covers the process of developing and maintaining an electronic portfolio. Topics covered are the preparation and organization of graphic creations, such as logos, websites, and brochures. This course culminates in the presentation of an electronic portfolio utilizing graphics created throughout this course.
Textbook: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design
This assessment will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the program. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.