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 is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score