Graphic Design Certificate

By combining art and technology, graphic designers create visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers. The Graphic Design Certificate provides students with a solid foundation for entry in the graphic design industry. Working with Adobe software, you’ll learn design and publishing fundamentals to produce print and online media. Upon completion of the certificate students will have developed samples of work to compile into a professional portfolio. Classes are hosted in our state of the art PC lab; students may choose to bring their own laptop. Upon completion of this program, certificate students will have developed samples of work they can compile into a professional portfolio.

In order to earn a certificate in Graphic Design, six required courses (100 hours) must be completed. Upon completion of the courses, students will be prepared to pursue work in the field of Graphic Design. These courses can also be used to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) to fulfill Continuing Certification Requirements. Free information sessions are available for this program. Call 706.507.8070 for information.


You may register for these courses separately or as a part of a discounted certificate package. Not all Graphic Design courses are available every semester.

  • Foundations of Graphic Design
  • Adobe Photoshop for the Graphic Artist
  • Adobe Illustrator for the Graphic Artist
  • Adobe InDesign for the Graphic Artist
  • Adobe Acrobat fro the Graphic Artist
  • Publishing for Print and Web
  • Brand Identity through Color and Typography

Course Descriptions

Foundations of Graphic Design


Graphic design is the art of visual communication and is a way to creatively present information. Discover how designers use perspective, typography, layout and other essential elements to create effective imagery for marketing and promotion. Receive an introduction about the skills necessary to enter the graphic design field and the professional options within the industry.



The Graphic Design Reference and Specification Book: Everything Graphic Designers Need to Know Every Day

Authors: Sherin, Lee, and Evans
Publisher: Rockport Publishers; 2013
ISBN: 978-1592538515

Adobe Photoshop for the Graphic Artist


Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for working with digital images, whether in print, on the web or in video. Learn to create and edit your own digital graphics and photographs. This hands-on course discusses image formats, filter effects, retouching digital photos, working with layers and masks, using various painting tools, typographic design and vector drawing techniques. Learn how to manipulate your images with extraordinary creative freedom, and give your work a professional look using the tool that the experts use. Textbook required.


Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2017)

Authors: Faulkner, Andrew and Chave
Publisher: Adobe Press
ISBN: 978-0134663454

Adobe Illustrator


Adobe Illustrator is the designer’s essential tool for creating logos, professional type effects, maps, diagrams, vector illustrations and more. Understand the unique features of Illustrator, the difference between vector and raster graphics and how to create complex graphics with simple components and selection tools. Learn lines and shapes, using the live trace, type basics, gradients, using layers, transparency and exporting images to EPS and PDF, and discover high quality drawing and digital illustration.


Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2017)

Authors: Brian Wood
Publisher: Adobe Press
ISBN: 978-0134663446

Adobe InDesign


InDesign is a powerful but intuitive page layout application that takes design and publishing to a new level, combining production power and creative freedom alongside tight integration with other Adobe design software. Work hands-on with project-based lessons to create professional quality design documents and prepare them for print vendors or other mediums; export as interactive PDFs; or migrate files to web publishing.


Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2017)

Authors: Kelly Kordes Anton and John Cruise
Publisher: Adobe Press
ISBN: 978-0134664095

Branding: Color/Typography


This course will cover color theory in its conceptual, practical and production application in design and how it is used in software applications. Topics covered include choosing a color palette, color systems, how color interacts with form and space, type and images, the psychology of color (both personally and culturally), and strategic application of color in design, among other topics.


Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team, 4th Edition

Authors: Alina Wheeler
ISBN: 978-1118099209

Adobe Acrobat for Graphic Design


Acrobat DC, or Document Cloud, is the latest software addition to the PDF family. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of creating and managing PDF’s, creating interactive content, and fillable forms. Also, discover a host of secret features for expanding a PDF and bringing it to life! Textbook required.


Adobe Acrobat DC Classroom in a Book 1st Edition

Authors: Lisa Fridsma, Brie Gyncild
ISBN: ISBN: 9780134171838