Penn Foster offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design consisting of 31 credits. Students complete two basic skills assessments to ensure readiness into the program. If a student does not pass the assessments, they must take remedial courses before beginning the program. After enrollment has been accepted, the student receives the first course materials.
Some of the courses offered include Introduction to Graphic Design, Photo Image Editing, Color Theory, Web Graphic Arts, and Electronic Publishing. The Graphic Design program introduces students to the relationship between color and light, and how to balance color in their designs.
In learning how to use and understand graphic design software, students are able to differentiate between illustration and photography. In Adobe Illustrator, how to add color, text, and special effects, as well as how to manipulate lines and shapes is taught. Students should develop skills in Photoshop by learning shortcuts, effects, and advanced filters in their photo image editing assignments. Students discuss the importance of establishing a brand name and learn the skills useful in branding. Working with InDesign, students learn the basics of publishing as well as page layout and how to create web pages. At the end of the program, students create a portfolio, preparing cover letters and resumes for their professional portfolio.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score