Graphic Design Certificate

The Graphic Design Certificate is a course of study for anyone interested in learning design concepts, improving design skills, or exploring the rapidly changing area of design and computer graphics. The certificate offers both conceptual and technological training needed to pursue a career in the field and is suitable to returning students with or without college experience or art backgrounds. Traditional undergraduate degree-seeking students are not eligible for this program

Classes for Spring 2018 are full. Next available admission term is Fall 2018.

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
Recommended Start Term

Students can begin this certificate with either the Fall (August) or Spring (January) semester, but the most expedient way to complete the certificate would be to begin in the fall.

Classes for this program fill very quickly. If you are planning a Fall (August) start, you need to be admitted prior to April 1. If you are planning a Spring (January) start, you need to be admitted prior to November 1.

Early admission doesn't guarantee you a space in class. Once admitted, you need to work with your advisor to enroll as soon as possible.

Schedule Format Courses offered during the day within the 16 week semester.
Quickest Time to Complete 1.5 academic years  (15 months)
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Location Lakeshore Campus –
1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
Tuition and Fees


Certificate Requirements

  • FNAR 112 Two-Dimensional Design
  • FNAR 132 Visual Communication
  • FNAR 232 Visual Communication II
  • FNAR 233 Digital Media I: Pixel
  • FNAR 332 Visual Communication III
  • FNAR 234 Digital Media II: Vector 

Course Descriptions

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Course Rotation

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For more information

Contact us at or 312-915-6501 to schedule a meeting with one of our admissions counselors.