About this Specialization

Graphic design is all around us, in a myriad of forms, both on screen and in print, yet it is always made up of images and words to create a communication goal. This four-course sequence exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. The sequence is completed by a capstone project that applies the skills of each course and peer feedback in a finished branding project suitable for a professional portfolio.

The goal of this specialization is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the field of graphic design. This core skill set will equip learners for formal studies in graphic design, and a starting point for further work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Communicate through image-making and typography
Complete a capstone project to add to your professional portfolio
Gain the fundamental skills needed to be a graphic designer
Learn everything you need to know to work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.

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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines

Level

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 Months To Complete

Suggested 3 hours per week. There are five (5) courses in this certification.

ENGLISH

Subtitles: English, Serbian

Specialization & Certificates

Certificate at completion of course and lectures

Here is how specialization works

Take A Course

Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you’d like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You’ll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you’ll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you’ll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

Course Instructors

Michael Worthington

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design

Louise Sandhaus

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design

Anther Kiley

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design

Gail Swanlund

Faculty in Graphic Design

Lorraine Wild

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design

About California Institute of the Arts

CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions.

Course Information

Estimated Time: Appox. 6 months to complete

One Time Payment

$1,200.00
1 year of access

Payment Plan

$200.00
per month for 8 total payments
1 year of access
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