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Certificate in Graphic Design

This certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to further their education in the world of art and design. Graphic design focuses on providing print and non-print media resources for businesses and other organizations. Trained professionals in this field provide solutions to many complex design and advertising problems, as well as develop the actual printed media piece.

Salem State's art program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The certificate program in graphic design combines an intensive program of training in the technical knowledge and skills of the computer graphics field with a rigorous academic program in art and design. This program deals with the planning and design of graphic materials for advertising, desktop publishing, corporate art, graphic production and interactive multimedia.

Program Requirements (27 Credits Total Required*)

Required Courses

  • ART101 Color and Design 3 
  • ART303 Introduction to Electronic Media 3 
  • ART314 Electronic Publication Design 3 
  • ART351 Electronic Illustration 3 
  • ART410 Electronic Imaging 3 
  • ART415 Graphic Design Theory and Practice 3

Choose Three of the Following:

  • ART315 Typography 3 
  • ART384 Web Design 3 
  • ART420 Advanced Web Design 3 
  • ART430 Multimedia Design 3 
  • ART500 Directed Studies/Design 3 
  • ART501 Internship in Art 3 

The Certificate of Competency in Graphic Design will be awarded to students satisfactorily completing 9 courses in art and graphic design as indicated above.

The individual must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 as a minimum for courses taken at Salem State University.

*A total of 9 credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions.

For program and registration information contact:
Connie Nielson, Academic Advisor
Telephone: 978.542.6935
Fax: 978.542.7215

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