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Graphic Design Fundamentals
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The certificate in graphic design fundamentals provides a foundation in the skills required to work as a professional designer. Visual design, typography, and conceptual skills, are used in developing work that is functional and meets predetermined outcomes. There is a focus on addressing the needs of the target audience through research and user testing to assess the effectiveness of a design solution.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Follow a design process that leads to consistent effective results.
  • Set typography with clear hierarchy that makes content more readable.
  • Make images that clearly communicate ideas and information to others.
  • Use industry-standard design software to efficiently complete design work.
  • Prepare design files that are production-ready.
Certificate of Graphic Design Fundamentals
Program Requirements
Certificates lead to associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about which programs this certificate stacks into, visit the Programs List page.
This is an introductory certificate.
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Certificate
15 CREDITS
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Associate
60 CREDITS
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Bachelor's
120 CREDITS
Certificate of Graphic Design Fundamentals
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
ART130
Introduction to Graphic Design
3
ART130 — 3 credits
x
Introduction to Graphic Design
This course covers the exploration of contemporary visual communications within graphic design and related fields.
ART230
Typography
3
ART230 — 3 credits
x
Typography
This course is an introduction to typography as a fundamental element of graphic design.
ART235
Graphic Design
3
ART235 — 3 credits
x
Graphic Design
This course involves graphic design projects with an emphasis on creative, conceptual, and practical solutions.
ART337R
Interaction Design
3
ART337R — 3 credits
x
Interaction Design
This course focuses on graphic design theory and skills necessary in a digitally interactive environment. These will include information architecture, interface design, site structure, page structure, page design, typography, editorial style, graphics, and multimedia. While there will be some development with software tools, this is not a programming class. This course is designed for art majors with a graphic design emphasis.
COMM310
Creating Online Media
3
COMM310 — 3 credits
x
Creating Online Media
This course is a technical introduction to search-engine optimization and standards-based web design and production. Students will train in semantic HTML markup, CSS-based design and dynamic PHP scripting, overview of the history, current status, and future possibilities of HTML.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
  • Junior Production Artist
  • Design Assistant
  • Junior Graphic Designer
  • Marketing Production Artist

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