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The Graphic Design Undergraduate Certificate is for prospective students with a 4-year baccalaureate undergraduate degree from an accredited institution who seek to gain the skills and competency to advance into a career in graphic design. It encompasses a specific body of knowledge and practice that prepares candidates for rewarding positions in the design field.

This certificate may be completed under part or full time basis.


There is not a portfolio review required for admission, but prospective students--with graphic design experience--should consider scheduling an interview with the program director prior to applying. Tuition is billed at the undergraduate rate, and most students complete certificate requirements in four semesters.

Students entering the certificate must be able to demonstrate basic skills in visual language and should have working knowledge of professional graphic design software, or must take AVT 180 New Media in the Creative Arts (Mason Core) in addition to other required courses.

Banner Code: AR-CERB-GD

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 24

Foundation Courses

AVT 215Typography (Mason Core)4
AVT 217Introduction to Web Design4
AVT 253Digital Photography I (Mason Core)4
AVT 311Graphic Design Methods and Principles3
Total Credits15

Design Specialties Courses

AVT 313Editorial Design3
AVT 414Corporate Design and Branding3
Total Credits6


AVT 413Professional Design Practices3
Total Credits3