Graphic Design

Online Graphic Design Certificate

If you're looking for a creative career working in design and technology, Penn Foster's online Graphic Design Certificate can help you take the first steps. With flexible online classes, you can build industry knowledge at your own pace, from homes.  

  • Study web graphic arts, electronic publishing, corporate design, typography, photo editing, color theory, and more essential graphic design skills.
  • Learn digital arts basics- from layout design to production- using Adobe® software.
  • Graphic designers are paid a competitive salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a graphic design professional is currently $50,710 per year.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

Save up to $500 Ends 6/13/2023

Cost of program


$2,899 Save $500


$89/month, Start for as low as $129

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to identify different career options available to digital artists.
  2. How to understand the correct use of color and its effectiveness in creating designs.
  3. How to describe the formal elements of design; including line, shape, form, direction, texture, value, color, and composition.
  4. How to use Adobe Illustrator® to create graphics illustrations for print, multimedia, and the web.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Graphic Design Career Outcomes

Our online Graphic Design Certificate Program is designed with career readiness in mind. Through interactive lessons, simulations, and how-to videos, you'll build the foundational knowledge and skills that can help you prepare for an entry-level career as a professional graphic designer.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Graphic Design Certificate Course Outline

  • 11 Courses
  • 1 Proctored Exam

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 9 months
  • Average time = 12 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In Penn Foster's online Graphic Design Certificate course curriculum, you'll learn the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for an entry-level job through interactive animations, simulations, and videos. The program is self-paced, meaning you can learn on your own schedule from home. Your online courses include:

  • Color Theory
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design and Production
  • Photo Image Editing 1+2
  • Corporate Design and Web Design 
  • Portfolio Development 

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Graphic Design Student Success Stories 

Graduates from our online courses, including the Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate Program, have started new careers or advanced in their current roles. Learn more from their experiences.
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Severina J.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“Trying to work full time to support a family and follow your dreams is hard but with having the option to do it online is a lifesaver.”

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Graphic Design Certificate Tuition

Our online Graphic Design Undergraduate Program tuition is designed to fit your budget. With affordable payment plan options, you can get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $500 Ends 6/13/2023

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  • Pay the full cost today
  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Save up to $100 Ends 6/13/2023

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  • Start for $129 down
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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Our Proven Art and Design Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Presentations and animations
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Graphic Design Program FAQs

What qualifications do you need to be a graphic designer?

To become a graphic designer, you’ll typically be required to complete at least entry-level education and produce a beginner's portfolio of your work. Many graphic design professionals learn the foundational knowledge needed for the field through a combination of post-secondary education and hands-on training.

Can I earn a Graphic Design Certificate online?

In Penn Foster's Graphic Design Certificate Program, you can study online, from anywhere, at any time- as long as you have access to the internet. Upon Graduation, you may be able to transfer credits into Penn Fosters Accredited Graphic Design Associate Degree and continue your studies.

What are the top qualities of a Graphic Designer?

A good graphic designer is someone who is able to combine creative qualities with the ability to use technology proficiently. The top qualities of a graphic designer include creativity, computer skills with graphic design software, experience with digital design projects, and time management skills.

What are the most popular graphic design career opportunities?

Graphic designers can work as self-employed freelancers, in marketing and advertising agencies, or as employees in a wide array of industries. Graphic designers frequently work in logo and visual identity design, web design, marketing and advertising design, photo-editing, publishing, and layout design, and can serve as creative or art directors.