Certificate in Graphic Design

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CIAT offers a certificate in Graphic Design. Learn more about the program below.

Certificate in Graphic Design

Program Overview

Program ID: #MA-GD

Program Length: 30 Weeks

Program Hours: 225 Hours (270 Clock Hours)

Successful graduates will be fully prepared and qualified for positions as Graphic Designers either in a corporate or freelance (self-employed) position. This program introduces the student to the concepts, language and basics of graphic design and then prepares the student to achieve certification in the most popular computer software programs used by the Graphic Design community such as:

1. Adobe Photoshop

2. Adobe Illustrator

3. Adobe InDesign


Be able to use a computer keyboard and navigate in the Windows or Mac environment.

*Program is not eligible for FAFSA funding. 

Program Objective

Upon completion of the Certificate in Graphic Design program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Create visual concepts, using computer software.
  • Communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers.
  • Select color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions.

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Industry


According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of graphic designers is projected to hold steady (show little or no change) from 2014 to 2024.


The median annual wage for graphic designers was $47,640 in May 2016.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Graphic Designers

Required Classes

270 clock hours required.  All courses are required.



Clock Hours

CGRD-101 Introduction to Graphic Design 45
CGRD-102 Image Manipulation 45
CGRD-103 Digital Illustration 45
CGRD-201 Graphic Design for Print: Logos, Brochures, Print Ads, Print Marketing Materials 45
CGRD-202 Graphic Design for the Web: Social Media Profiles; Website Graphics; Landing Pages; Online Ads 45
CGRD-301 Portfolio Creation 45

Tuition & Fees

$11,970 ($585 per unit)


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