Focusing on ideation, process, and portfolio development, MCAD’s graphic design certificate program empowers you to create compelling work while also preparing you for the professional rigors and standards needed for success in the field of graphic design.

Mid-Program Review

Halfway through this program, you will participate in a rigorous review by a committee of professional design experts who critique your work and push you to the next level.

Reviewers include prominent creative directors and art directors who know how to find and cultivate talent. Their feedback will benefit you in the second year of the program and give you an edge when you enter the job market.

Choosing Your Program Path

MCAD is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals in the way that works best for you. Although the graphic design certificate program generally takes two years, there is flexibility within the program. Your advisor can help you develop a course pathway that works best with your schedule and other commitments.

Interested in gaining some foundation skills prior to completing your application? Here is a list of Continuing Education courses that are popular to take in advance.


Program Pathway: Spring Start

Print Foundation3cr
Typography Foundation3cr
Illustrator WorkshopNA
Projects Studio3crDesign in Context3cr
Web Development:
HTML and CSS 3cr
InDesign WorkshopNA
Advanced Projects Studio3cr
Online Elective3cr
Professional Practice Seminar3crTypography Studio3cr
Web Design: Principles3cr
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