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Catalog 2016-17 
Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Program Description

The Design Certificate course series instructs working professionals, young entrepreneurs, current credit students, and small business owners in the latest design thinking concepts and professional design skills for a competitive market.  Rebranding your company or non-profit can increase its credibility, search-ability and visibility in a design-centric market.  Students will take a series of courses that lead them through logo, type, print, web, and social media marketing design skills. They will learn about the tools and programs that professional designers use in the workplace, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Wacom tablets, Digital SLR cameras, color printers, and high resolution scanners.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:          

Students will earn a CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Career Opportunities:

Entry level graphic design positions.  Self-employed students will have the capability to rework their own companies’ digital and print marketing materials

Program Length

Two years.

Students must complete all required courses and 2 elective courses within a 2-year window to receive the Design Certificate.

Program Requirements

Students must be computer literate and have internet access.

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Course Series:

1. Intro to Graphic Design: MAR145

  • Textbook/Materials: None

2. Photoshop CC: PCA736

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Textbook provided and included in course costs

3. InDesign CC: PCP455

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Textbook provided and included in course costs

4.  Illustrator CC: PCP454

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Textbook provided and included in course costs

Elective Courses - Pick any 2: (No textbooks for any of these courses)

  •  Poster & Print Design:ART 007
  • Using the Wacom Tablet for Editing & Designing:PCP 726
  • Intro to Digital SLR Photography:ARB 183
  •  Branding your Business:MAR 002
  • Create an Online Design Portfolio:ART 018
  • Creating a Successful Arts Business:ART 679
  • Book Illustration:ART 662
  •  Adobe Lightroom: Editing, Managing and Printing:PCA 631

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $1322-$1472 (Tuition-$441-$491/Fees-$874-$981)
  • Textbook/Materials: N/A

Course Substitutions:

Credit courses: ADIM - ARTD 100 2D; Design or Digital Imaging 1 – ARTD 116

Additional Expenses:

Printing costs for PCA 631, Adobe Lightroom course are approximately $100.

Program Contact Information


Whitney Frazier            



Essex, BESS 125


Michelle McCallum       



Essex, BESS 117

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant

Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)

Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Local Office of Workforce Development

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