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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Certificate prepares you to create digital and web designs which translate into applicable job skills.

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Certificate in Graphic Design $4300
Whether you are a beginner who is creating a portfolio for the first time or a more experienced designer who wants to upgrade your presenta­tion, this certificate program will teach you how best to present your unique identity and to learn how to put together a memo­rable portfolio that you can add to your resume. This comprehensive certificate consists of 12 required courses which provide students the theory and hands-on applications needed to succeed as a Graphic Designer.

Registration and Tuition:
This Certificate consists of 12 required courses. Tuition is $4,300 plus a one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually, with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Course Materials, Books, Software:  After 48 business hours following registration, you can be issued a student ID. With this ID a student can get a discount from, Adobe that now offers the iCloud: you pay a monthly student fee to have access to all Adobe products. Or you might be able to buy CS6 creative suite from Academic superstore.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 SemesterDayTimeDates
Visual Design for Everyone, S1 Monday 5:30-7:30pm 2/10-4/21; Skips 2/17
Visual Design for Everyone, S2 Monday 3:15-5:15pm 2/10-4/21; Skips 2/17
Adobe Indesign II
Wednesday 7:40-9:40pm 3/26-4/30
Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Sunday
10:00am-1:00pm 3/23-4/20
Introduction to Flash Friday 7:50-10:00pm 3/28-5/9
Adobe Photoshop II, S1
Thursday 5:30-7:30pm 3/27-5/1
Adobe Illustrator II
Thursday 7:40-9:40pm 3/27-5/1
Graphic Design: Making a Professional Portfolio Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm 2/15-4/19
The Business of Graphic Design Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm 2/12-4/16

Summer 2014 Schedule Day Time Dates
Adobe InDesign I Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm 5/21-6/25
Adobe InDesign I, S2 Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm 5/21-6/25
Adobe InDesign II Wednesday 7:40-9:40pm 7/9-8/13
Adobe Photoshop I Friday 5:30-7:30pm 5/23-6/27
Adobe Photoshop I, S2 Friday 3:00-5:00pm 5/23-6/27
Adobe Photoshop II Thursday 5:30-7:30pm 7/10-8/14
Adobe Illustrator I Thursday 5:30-7:30pm 5/22-6/26
Adobe Illustrator I, S2 Thursday 3:00-5:00pm 5/22-6/26
Adobe Illustrator II Thursday 7:30-9:30pm 7/10-8/14
Visual Design for Everyone, S1 Monday 5:30-7:30pm 6/2-8/4
Visual Design for Everyone, S2 Monday 3:15-5:15pm 6/2-8/4


Visual Design for Everyone (GDVIDEEV)
This is an introductory course for people who have not studied design, but want to learn the basics of visual communication and design. You will become an effective designer through concept development, project planning and production, and development of critical skills. Using traditional media, you will learn how to integrate the elements of visual design: format, line, shape, value and type with the principles of visual design: proximity, contrast, balance, symmetry, alignment, repetition and unity. Finally, we will examine aesthetic and conceptual topics, like color theory, value, texture, pattern, icons, symbolism, perspective, overall look-and-feel, and the concept of ‘gestalt’: unified and consistent design.

Adobe InDesign I (GDADOIN1)
Learn this popular graphic design program from a computer graphics professional in a relaxed, fun classroom atmosphere. In this course, students will learn to set up documents, work with text and type styles, add color, work with tables, use transparency and other effects, and bring in graphics to your InDesign projects.

Adobe InDesign II  (ADOIN2)
Take it to the next level using advanced techniques in creating and using Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, Object Styles, and Table Styles. Topics include: creating lists, Nested Paragraph Styles, using Find/Change, creating a TOC and an Index. This course also covers the secrets of good Typography Kerning, Tracking, Justification, Special Characters, and White Space.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver (GDINTDRE)
In this Adobe Dreamweaver training class, students receive a comprehensive introduction to using Dreamweaver 8 to create websites. Students also learn how to use Dreamweaver Templates, Library Items, Snippets, and master all of the “Behaviors” Dreamweaver offers that insert clientside JavaScript on your site.

Introduction to Flash (GDINTFLA)
Flash is the all-purpose multimedia program that sets the standard for Web design, animation and presentation. This course will familiarize you with the user-friendly Flash interface, and have you creating animations and web banners by the end of the second session. Topics covered: the principles of Flash animation, the creation of graphics within Flash, importing digital photos and videos, frame rates and how frame size will affect your project. There will also be a brief discussion about how to best prepare work in other programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator for import in Flash.

Adobe Photoshop I (GDADOPH1)
Photoshop is one of the top selling computer graphics software on the market. This course is for both beginners and those with some background in Photoshop (with an emphasis towards graphic design rather than programming). Prerequisite: Windows experience.

Adobe Photoshop II (ADOPH2)
In this section of Photoshop students will continue the use of Layers in greater depth and use Adobe Bridge to organize, sort and add Photoshop Metadata to files, as well as cover the use of Camera RAW both in Photoshop and through Adobe Bridge. Through the use of Channels, Quick Mask, and some new Photoshop tools, students will learn advanced techniques, learn some not-so widely known new Photoshop features, and see how Photoshop integrates with InDesign and Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator I (GDADOILL)
Adobe Illustrator is an essential tool for anyone who needs to express ideas visually in print, on the Web, and via any other medium. With 3D features, advanced typographical controls, smooth Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) integration, enhanced printing options, and faster performance, Illustrator helps you explore your creative vision and efficiently publish your artwork anywhere.

Adobe Illustrator II (ADOIL2)
The advanced features of Adobe Illustrator, such as Live Trace and Transparency Marks, will be explored for a greater knowledge of Illustrator. Students will utilize Illustrator’s built-in color wheel, learn how to use Adobe Labs, and discover Kuler to import custom color 16 groups and 3D graphics that are LIVE! A deeper look into Illustrator’s text capabilities, Custom Brushes, the creation of Press Ready PDF files and saving for the Web will also be covered.

Typography (GDTYPOGR)
This course shows students to use the basics of typography to enhance projects by improving skills in selection of fonts, size of type, spacing, color, tracking, kerning, etc. The projects will include logo design, posters, ads, packaging and direct-mail. This course will also discuss the history of typography and its use up to the present. Prerequisites: Must have a good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Graphic Design: Making a Professional Portfolio (GDMAPRPO)
This course introduces you to the art of creating designs with the focus on all the parts necessary to create a completed portfolio. This portfolio will represent who you are and what you are capable of designing. This
course explores the elements of concepts, design, shapes, colors, typography and proportions. You will learn how design works by learning how to choose the correct colors and shapes that will enhance your projects. Projects consist of brochures, newsletters, advertising inserts, direct mail and CD covers. Prerequisites: Must have a good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

The Business of Graphic Design (GDBUSGRD)
Students will learn how to reach their career goals through research and discussion of the following topics: creating a business identity, formulating a marketing message, developing marketing materials, presenting a portfolio, setting up a business in New York State, and purchasing equipment and software, etc. Students will develop a clear plan for setting up their business and marketing their design skills, including a fully-developed business identity, and completed applications for registering their business name and their domain name. They will design and produce their own marketing tools and present resumes and portfolios at least once for a top-to-bottom critique.

There is a particular order you need to take the courses; you must take part 1 before part 2. The final courses are The Business of Graphic Design and Graphic Design: Making a Professional Portfolio.


Course Status
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.

Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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