Graphic Design Specialization


Make Compelling Design. Learn and apply the principles of graphic design towards a comprehensive branding project.



What you’ll learn

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

About this Course

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.


Michael Worthington
Faculty, Program in Graphic Design ,California Institute of the Arts

Anther Kiley

Instructor, California Institute of the Arts

Louise Sandhaus

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design, California Institute of the Arts

Gail Swanlund

Faculty in Graphic Design, California Institute of the Arts

Lorraine Wild

Faculty, Program in Graphic Design, California Institute of the Arts

Course content

Fundamentals of Graphic Design
Introduction to Typography
Ideas from the History of Graphic Design
Brand New Brand

Additional information




Beginner, Medium


Certificate of completion




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