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Graphic Designer | Certificate

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1500 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
MS: 41481

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For print and digital based designs

Whether you planned a career in graphic design or have inherited the job of designing print based communication for your organization, this program will give you the foundational skills to work in this fun and fast-paced industry. Build a foundation in design theory and software that will help you to create brochures, posters, newsletters, and work in other key areas of print design. Courses cover topics that take you from the “whys” of design and best practices to hands on “how’s” of getting it done. Intermixed in all courses are the communication and interview skills that are necessary to work with the needs of your organization to hit their visual goals. As a graphic designer you mix business savvy and technical skills in a very artistic way.

Software used in the program will be the Adobe CS6 creative suite with emphasis on InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat. The skills and knowledge you learn can be applied to any design software.The certificate has seven classes in it with the first four listed as core prerequisites for the last three. Courses are listed in the suggested order you should enroll in them. The core courses are the same as the Web Design Certificate and allow you to choice to take one certificate or both.  See the Web Design I Certificate page (coming soon) for more information.

Core Hours
Mastering Design Principals 14
Introduction to User-Centered Design and Usability 14
Photoshop Essentials: Making Photoshop Work for You 8
Beginning Web Principals 14
Electives Hours
Producing Brochures using InDesign, Photoshop & Acrobat 12
Creating Newsletters and Multipage Designs using InDesign, Photoshop & Acrobat 12
Working with Printers 4