Graphic Design Certificate

A program for working adults.

Our Graphic Design Certificate Program (GDC) is for working adults who seek to gain the skills and competency to advance into a career in graphic design. The GDC is a rigorous program with an excellent reputation in the design community. It is based on a set of beliefs that views the designer as a communications professional, sets high quality standards, encourages the development of the designer's personal voice, features design as a way of thinking, emphasizes real-world preparation, and promotes social responsibility.

Classes are taught in the evening and supplemented with a series of learning experiences. Certificate graduates compete for and obtain jobs in all areas of the industry, including design studios and agencies with the highest design standards and reputation.

The program consists of 13 courses totaling 38 credits, and usually takes 3 years to complete. Students are expected to enroll in 1 or 2 courses per semester (fall and spring). Required courses are offered in the summer, but summer coursework is optional. Please refer to the course sequence for detailed information on courses and content.

Beyond the classroom

GDC students have the opportunity to learn more about the design profession and job opportunities in the field through activities and resources beyond the classroom.

Each semester, the program hosts an event that gives students the chance to see the portfolios of advanced students in the program, meet informally with other program students, faculty, and the GDC Coordinator, learn about upcoming courses, share work, or hear from program alumni about their job search process and career paths. Students may also tour a printing press to see how design work gets printed and produced, tap into career services internship and job listings, and meet with the GDC Coordinator and advisors to review and critique work and provide additional information and advice about job searches.

Program qualifications

Students entering the program must be able to demonstrate basic skills in visual language and should have working knowledge of Adobe InDesign (or Quark XPress), Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

For more information

Contact Continuing Education
617 879 7200


Fall semester: April 1
Spring semester: November 1
Application Fee: $35

Download an application (PDF)