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Graphic Design Certificate
Built for working adults, courses in this two-year program are taught evenings and weekends by experienced professionals. Students in the program are able to stay on course in their current careers while learning the following:
- design history and its influence on and relevance to contemporary design
- design theories and research methods related to creating information architecture
- ideation processes for creating and developing new design projects
- strategies for managing workflows, creative teams, and client relationships
What Our Students Are Saying
This graphic design program is offered in our 30-credit post-baccalaureate certificate program. Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree before applying.
Students in the program have the opportunity to refine their skills and to develop more diversified and advanced portfolios that include identity systems, print pieces, multipage publications, and web design and motion graphics work.
This is a two-year, 30-credit program. All accepted students enter the program in the fall semester. This is a cohort-based program whereby students then progress through the program via a set schedule of classes open only to students in the program. The ten courses that lead to the post-baccalaureate certificate are arranged in a logical sequence, preparing students for a progressive level of complexity. Classes meet two evenings per week and all day on Saturdays during the school year, and two evenings per week during the summer.
After completion of the program’s first year, students participate in a mid-program review, in which their work is critiqued by a committee of professional designers. Designers who have participated in this review process include:
As creative director at Olson, Jeff has the enthusiasm and passion for advertising that Olson employees are known for. His abundant creativity helps him design award-winning work for Olson and its clients. Jeff handles design work for numerous Olson accounts, including Phillips, Marvin Windows and Doors, and Allina. Prior to joining Olson, Jeff worked at Fame as a design supervisor working on many accounts, most notably the Target account. Jeff has also had the opportunity to work at Nickelodeon and Eric Baker Design Associates. Jeff began his career as an intern turned Web designer at Charles Spencer Anderson Design (CSA Design) working on Web sites for CSA Design and French Paper. Jeff is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in design. He currently resides in South Minneapolis and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children.
Jon is the British half of Anglo-Norwegian design duo Non-Format, which was founded in London in 2000. Together with Kjell Ekhorn (the Norwegian half) his projects include art direction, design, illustration and custom typography for a range of clients including Coca-Cola, Gap, IBM, K-Swiss, New York Times, Nike, Nokia, Sony Music, Universal and many others. Their art direction of the independent music monthly The Wire and Varoom: the journal of illustration and made images has garnered many design awards. Other awards include a D&AD Yellow Pencil, two Tokyo Type Directors Club awards and a Gold from the New York Art Directors Club. A bestselling hardback monograph entitled Non-Format Love Song was published in 2007. In the same year Jon relocated to the Twin Cities and, in 2009, Kjell returned to his native Norway. Despite the seven hour time difference, the duo continue to work together as Non-Format and have Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright Brothers and Skype™ to thank for making this possible.
Sarah Nelson Forss is one half of the two-person design team of Werner Design Werks. The Minneapolis–St. Paul studio has projects that range from book design, posters and promotional materials to package design and identity development. Werner Design Werks' clients include Moet Hennessy, Rizzoli Books, Mohawk Paper, Target, MTV Latino, Levi's, fX Network, Blu Dot Design & Manufacturing, Chronicle Books, Minnesota Public Radio, and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. Their work is part of the permanent collection at Toronto's Musee des Arts Decoratifs. They were named Target's "Vendor of the Year" in 2002, and have been recognized with awards from the Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, American Center for Design, I.D. magazine, AIGA, the Art Directors Club, and Print magazine's Regional Design Annual.
Chad Kloepfer graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000 with a BFA in Graphic Design. He then worked for Wired magazine in San Francisco as Designer then Senior Designer for two years. He was Senior Designer at the Walker Art Center for seven years, where he worked on various projects for the including exhibition publications, various print materials, and the new identity Walker Expanded. In 2009, Chad moved his design practice to New York.
Troy Longie doesn't really like talking about himself. So he asked his five-year-old daughter, Avery, to do it for him. This is what she had to say: "Daddy goes to work every day at some place called Mono. He's, um, a creative deckter (creative director), I think. He uses his computer a lot. He's really, really old so he's been doing it forever (fourteen years). He's won a bunch of shiny stuff that looks owie (One Show medals, Communication Arts, D&AD, Webby Awards, the Art Directors Club, Radio Mercury Awards, and AdWeek's Best Spots). He builds advertising. But not the ones I see on Sponge Bob (Sesame Street, Apple, Herman Miller, PBS, USA TV network, and Custom Chrome Motorcycles). My daddy grew up here (Northeast Minneapolis) and went to school a super long time (St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and Advertising). My daddy's also lergic to puppies 'cause I asked him if we could get one once (every day).
Karl is a senior art director at Clarity Coverdale Fury. His clients include Clearway Minnesota, MADD and Explore Minnesota Tourism. Before joining CCF, he was an ACD at Kerker (now PrestonKelly), where he won numerous awards working with clients such as Johnsonville Brats, Taco Johns, Minnesota Zoo, and Pure Fishing. He moved to Minneapolis from Atlanta in 2000. In Atlanta he worked at ClevelandClark, Tausche Martin, and Ogilvy on clients ranging from Energizer batteries to McCormick Spices to Kodak. Karl is originally from South Carolina (but don't hold that against him). Outside of work, Karl is an avid cyclist and collector of anything Mid Century Modern.
Currently the design director at Mono in Minneapolis, Kelly Munson works with clients such as Apple, Harvard Business School, Blu Dot, Nice Ride, and Parsons The New School for Design. Kelly is a graduate of the College of Visual Arts with a BFA in design. In addition to her work at Mono, she is also a member at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis.
Matthew Rezac is a graphic designer living and working in Minneapolis, MN. He received both a post-baccalaureate certificate in graphic design and a BFA in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. From 2004 to 2006, he held a Graphic Design Fellowship at the Walker Art Center. In 2006, he was featured in Step Inside Design magazine's Field Guide to Emerging Design Talent. Since 2006, he has been running a small studio that focuses on print and publication design for academic and cultural clients—both local and national—including Blu Dot Design & Manufacturing, Cohan and Leslie Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Midway Contemporary Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum. His work has been featured in How, Idea, Print, and Step Inside Design magazines as well as the books Type Specific (Rotovision) and Three D: Graphic Scenarios (Birkhauser).
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