Graphic Design Certificate Capstone

Complete the Graphic Design certificate program with topics including print production and online portfolios.

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Graphic Design Certificate Capstone

Complete the Graphic Design certificate program with topics including print production and online portfolios.

What you’ll be able to do — competencies

  • Understand the print production process, including preparing files and working with printers 
  • Develop an online portfolio to promote your hands-on work 
  • Develop a web presence 
  • Communicate brand and personal bio  
  • Build portfolio using online tools  
  • Successfully present work, both in person and online  

Course description

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In the final course in the Graphic Design Certificate Program, students will develop an online portfolio and cover the print production process. Discuss methods for preparing files and working with printers. Learn the basics for creating an online portfolio and developing a web presence. Present your online portfolio to the class. 


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Session 1  

  • Intro: define your goals 
  • Portfolios 101 – websites, number of projects needed, rules of the game, keys to success 

Session 1 Assignments 

  • Introductions 
  • Goal share: what do you want your portfolio to do for you? 
  • Great portfolios: what’s out there 
  • Homework: course reading. Pick portfolio template and have account ready to go. Gather project list and elements for project pages. Start personal bio. 

Session 2  

  • Creative critique: first pass at bios, portfolios and project narratives 

Session 2 Assignments 

  • Review projects and bios in any state 
  • Homework: course reading. Start or continue creating project pages and addressing project and bio feedback. 

Session 3  

  • Creative critique session 

Session 3 Assignments 

  • Share your portfolios 
  • Present final bios and ideas for personal brand mark. 
  • Homework: course reading; finalize bios, keep refining/adding projects 

Session 4  

  • Creative critique 
  • Elements of a successful in-person portfolio presentation 

Session 4 Assignments 

  • Lab class; share your portfolios 
  • Show refined brand 
  • Homework: course reading, finalization 

Session 5  

  • Print production overview  
  • Final class presentations 

Session 5 Assignments 

  • Final presentations 
  • Print overview 

Next available start dates

Online — Evenings

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Graphic Design Certificate Capstone
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Total classroom hours

15 hours

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Evenings, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 5 Th - 3/9/2023 - 4/6/2023

Quarter: Winter

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Total cost


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Instructor: Morgan Olson

Morgan Olson has been teaching graphics and animation courses for over a decade. She prides herself on customizing course materials in a dynamic theme that optimizes the needs of the students. Before teaching, she worked as an in-house graphic artist and a freelance animator and now owns her own graphic design business, MeMoDesigns.

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Online courses require an internet connection and the ability to interact both through audio and video using either a web cam/microphone, speakers/headset using a computer or via a mobile phone connection. Any costs associated with connectivity or equipment are the responsibility of the student.

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