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Graphic Design Certificate | Program Overview

The Rollins College Graphic Design Certificate will prepare you for a career in the graphic design industry. You'll learn the latest Adobe Creative Suite applications and software including Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and more.  If you are interested in learning how to plan, design, develop, and launch professional graphic design projects, the Rollins College Graphic Design Certificate is definitely for you!

The Rollins College Graphic Design Certificate is made up of six courses. Each course thoroughly investigates specified software techniques for developing graphic image products.

Introduction to Graphic Design

Graphic design is the visual expression of ideas. A graphic designers' role is to translate, communicate - and sometimes advocate - by giving form to ideas. Though communication often occurs digitally, graphic designers are now needed for both print (flyers, brochures, etc.) and digital (web templates, digital billboards, banner ads, etc.) design. In this introductory course, you'll learn the fundamental skills that all graphic designers use: layout, color theory, typography, imagery and more. You'll also learn about the tools and processes used by professional graphic designers and an overview of preparing designs for online viewing and printing. This course provides the foundation every professional graphic designer needs, whether you are interested in freelancing, working in an agency or becoming an in-house designer.

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat's Portable Document Format (PDF) is the industry standard for exchanging electronic documents. Acrobat can maintain your page layout and prevent changes to documents, even when they are shared with others. Learn to create and edit PDF files with hyperlinks and indices. Practice optimizing fonts and images within documents to ensure a small file size and compatibility across platforms. If you transmit documents via email or work within the printing industry, this course is a must!

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the industry-leading tool used to create professional vector graphics for print and web designs. Used by design professionals worldwide, Illustrator provides precise and powerful drawing tools and a host of time-savers for busy professionals. In this course, you will learn to take advantage of Illustrator's powerful tools to create illustrations and typography effects. Work with colors, gradients, layers, fonts, and photos to create eye-catching illustrations and text effects. Lastly, you'll learn to design advertisements and printable documents. We'll discuss both the print and web uses of this sophisticated graphics program. 

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign takes desktop publishing and design to another level. In this course, you'll learn to use the extraordinary power of InDesign to create multi-page documents and prepare them for print or export as a PDF. Topics include learning the work area, working with text and graphics, creating simple vector-based graphics, and the basics of overall design. Advanced topics in this course include using styles to standardize formatting throughout a document, managing color palettes, and creating tables. This course is an absolute must for anyone who needs to design professional and attractive brochures, reports, catalogs, and other multi-page documents. 

Print Graphics with Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for producing professional graphics and an essential tool for most design professionals, whether they work on digital or print images. In this course, you'll learn to retouch digital photos by cropping, sizing, and perfecting contrast, color balance, and many other tools. You'll also learn to create attractive, engaging images using advanced manipulation techniques such as filter effects, custom brushes, and selection tools. Lastly, you'll learn to employ a variety of image formats such as JPG and TIFF for print and digital design. If you're serious about working in the creative design industry, you must know this application well.

Graphic Design Certificate Capstone

In this tutorial style course, you'll experience the process used by freelancers and design firms to create professional quality graphic design pieces. Over ten weeks you'll come to understand, in theory and practice, what makes good design - in form and space, color fundamentals, translating key messages into design, and utilizing typography and images effectively. With the guidance of an experienced graphic design professional, you will follow a structured design process throughout the course. Upon completion of the project, you will have created your own creative pieces that can serve as the foundation of your professional portfolio. 

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