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Art & Design

Graphic Design

Online Certificate, post-baccalaureate program

Expand your visual design skills and processes.

Are you looking to integrate perceptual, conceptual and technical skills into your graphic design or related career? In this 18-credit fully online certificate program in Graphic Design you will learn about studio habits, image-making, visual research, typography and the history of modern design that will help you create cohesive, customer-facing design solutions. With a bachelor's degree already under your belt, this certificate was created with working professionals and recent graduates like you in mind. Spanning both screen and print technologies, the program prepares you to go further in graphic design and related fields.

Become familiar with the language, skills, processes, and methods that are the foundation for all design work. Develop your thinking and designing habits as you explore visual objects and their meaning. Examine the history of design and how different industries impact one another, gaining a deeper understanding of the similarities that all design professionals share.

Expand your study to typography and its fundamental presentation, progressing to more complex bodies of text across print and digital mediums. Find your typographic voice to give language and structure to your vision and message. Throughout the program, you'll identify the practical and conceptual problems of visual communication, helping you evolve as a graphic designer and visual problem solver.

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Program Structure

100% Online

18 Credits, Accelerated 8-Week Terms
What are the benefits of an online program?

When you earn your certificate online, you have the flexibility to study when and where you want. You’ll learn in a virtual community that supports you, with interactive elements like chats and discussion forums that keep you connected. With access to the latest online learning tools and educational resources, you can be sure you’re getting everything a Lesley education has to offer.

Student Work

Sarah jumps for joy infront of store sign on side of road
Graphic Design

Sarah Rubenstein: The Artisan Snack Expert

Design alumna Sarah Rubenstein '12 started her own business for artists and designers that shows up at their door every month. Sarah combined her love of shopping and her online business knowledge to create ArtSnacks. Each month, subscribers receive a box of hand-picked art supplies in the mail. Business is doing well. Sarah and her business partner/brother Lee were able to quit their full-time jobs and focus all of their creative energy on the company.

Careers in Graphic Design
Professional opportunities in design are expanding, and Lesley is a great place to start or advance your career. This online post-baccalaureate certificate supports the expansion of all working professionals looking to grow into these types of roles:
Communicate Visually. Make Meaning.


Total approximate cost for this certificate program.
Graphic Design
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this online certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2024-2025 academic year.
We are committed to providing you with opportunities to support your academic goals. Federal aid and a variety of other options can help make your education more affordable.

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