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.

Due to prerequisites, the certificate requirements need to be taken on a part-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 110 Digital Design Studio in addition to other required courses.


For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: AR-CERB-GD

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 24

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Foundation Courses

AVT 215Typography (Mason Core)3
AVT 217Introduction to Web Design3
AVT 311Graphic Design Methods and Principles3
AVT 318History of Graphic Design3
Total Credits12

Advanced Design Specialties Tracks

Select 3 courses from one of the following tracks:9
Branding & Advertising Design
Corporate Design and Branding
Advertising Design
Package Design
Topics in Graphic Design
Digital Design
Mobile App Design
User Experience Design
Motion Design
Web Design and Usability
Advanced Web Design
Publication Design
Editorial Design
Book Arts: Books Enclosures
Advanced Typography
Total Credits9


AVT 413Professional Design Practices3
Total Credits3