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Campus: Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, and Westminster Campus

Graphic Design Certificate

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your certificate and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

Program Description

This program is designed for students wanting to complete a one-year (two semester) Certificate in Graphic Design and enter the workforce. Students explore graphic design software programs, techniques, theories and industry principles. This certificate program prepares students for entry-level career positions in digital and graphics firms. Students work independently, as well as in collaborative groups in the design and implementation of mixed media presentations and applications.

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First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MGD 111Adobe Photoshop I

3

MGD 112Adobe Illustrator I

3

MGD 117Introduction to Visual Communications

3

MGD 133Graphic Design I

3

MGD 103Introduction to Production Design

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: Upon completion of MGD 111, MGD 112, MGD 117, MGD 133, and MGD 103, you should apply for the Fundamentals in Multimedia Technology Certificate.

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
MGD 116Typography I

3

MGD 114Adobe InDesign

3

MGD 233Graphic Design II

3

ELECTIVE MGD 211/212/202

3

MGD 268Business for Creatives

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Semester Note: Take MGD 268 in the last semester.

You should apply for completion of the Graphic Design Certificate at the end of Semester 2.

Total Credit Hours: 30

Important Program Notes:

Scheduling may vary per campus locations. You are encouraged to register for courses in accord with your main campus scheduling.

The Graphic Design Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is valued with higher regard as it requires more education to obtain than a certificate. As such, it is recommended that interested students declare the AAS Degree as the overall goal. Students declaring the AAS Degree will also complete the Fundamentals of Multimedia Certificate as well as a certificate in the chosen focus area by the time of graduation.