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Graphic and Digital Design, Certificate

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 days
University rank #561 (QS) , NY,
The Graphic and Digital Design program offered by Parsons School of Design - The New School develop foundational design skills (concept, type, layout, color) and provide training in industry-standard software. Tailored instruction enables both beginning and advanced students to advance in these courses.


Most courses last nine weeks or more. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. Most students take two courses per semester. The certificate must be completed in two years.

What You’ll Learn

  • The basic elements of graphic design: point, line, plane, texture, modularity, rhythm and balance, scale, and figure/ground
  • Visual identity and packaging: how to develop a client’s identity
  • The integral relationship between form and content in the design
  • The design process, including research collection, concept development, iteration, editing, and reflection
  • The aesthetics of designing typographical compositions and eye to distinguish refinements
  • How to use type in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign (at a beginning level)


  • Multimedia Digital/Print Communication Designer
  • Photo Editing/Photoshop Artist
  • Graphic Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Creative/Art Director
  • Data Visualization Designer
  • Information Graphics Specialist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graphic/Digital Design Basic Core
  • Color Theory
  • Graphic Design 
  • Digital Graphics with Illustrator 
  • Digital Imaging with Photoshop 
  • Graphic Design History

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Who Should Enroll:

  • Beginning students who are interested in visual communication.
  • Professional designers from other practices who are interested in combining graphic design with other skills, such as illustration, multimedia design, the design of graphics for soft and hard products, and package design.
  • Designers who want to brush up on their basic skills and learn about the latest digital software programs.
  • Digital designers and Web developers who need to learn the basics of graphic design and/or would like to switch to print.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6208 USD per year and a duration of 24 days.
  • National

    6208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6208 USD per year and a duration of 24 days.
  • In-State

    6208 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6208 USD per year and a duration of 24 days.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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