Program Overview

The New School for Design offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic and Digital Design. The curriculum is a minimum of six courses.

This degree is ideal for individuals who want to gain the essential knowledge and skill set in order to obtain entry-level jobs in the graphic design industry. The curriculum includes topics of graphic design history, digital imaging with Photoshop, color theory, and typography. All students must take Digital Imaging with Photoshop I, Graphic Design History, Graphic Design I, and Digital Graphics with Illustrator. Students must choose between Basic Core and Color Theory. Additionally, students must choose between taking three digital/graphic design courses or Typography I, InDesign, and one elective course.  

The Basic Core course introduces students to visual communication concepts and fundamentals of typography design. Students should develop the fundamental, necessary design skills needed in graphic design. The Color Theory course explores the interaction of colors, qualities, and combinations. The Graphic Design I course teaches design fundamentals and concept development. Elements of typography, composition, and color are introduced. Students build their graphic design communication skills and develop a personal style.

Students are expected to finish the certificate within two years. Classes are graded on a noncredit basis of Approved (AP) or Not Approved (NA). Students must file a Certificate Petition Form with the Continuing Education Office upon completion in order to obtain their certificate.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Emerging in 1919 in New York City as a promoter of innovative and creative thinking, the New School for Social Research began as a new kind of academic institution, an innovative college where faculty and students would be free to honestly and directly address the problems facing societies in the 20th century. Over the years, the New School for Social Research, now formally named The New School, grew into an urban university divided into private, not-for-profit academic schools and colleges:

    • Parsons School for Design
    • Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    • College of Performing Arts
    • The New School for Social Research
    • Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
    • School of Media Studies

    The courses offered by The New School at first reflected the founders' interest in the emerging social sciences, international affairs, history, philosophy, drama and literature, writing, performing arts, fine arts, foreign languages, media studies, and information processing. Several of the schools affer fully online programs leading to certificates, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees.


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