Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design program offers students a one-year, full-time intensive study in graphic design. The program includes core graphic design studios and typography requirements and allows students to choose elective courses based on their specific interests and career goals. For students with little prior coursework in graphic design, this certificate program prepares them for further study or enhanced professional opportunity.

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design program receive individual work areas in spacious open communal studios. The Graphic Design space also includes printing facilities, a seminar room, and two large classrooms with LCD projectors and critique walls. The space connects directly to studios and facilities in printmaking and book arts.

After one year of study, students receive a Graduate Certificate. Alternately, upon positive faculty review, students have the option of transferring to the Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program and completing the MFA degree program in the next academic year.

The College of Fine Arts policy on Academic Standing for Graduate Students applies to the Graduate Certificate program. All students in the program must maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive grades no lower than B– to remain in good academic standing.

Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design Curriculum

CFA AR 781, 782 Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design Studio 16 cr
CFA AR 601 Graduate Typography 4 cr
Graphic Design electives (2 cr courses) 6 cr
CFA AR 640 Professional Practice: Internship 4 cr
Total 30 cr

Studio Elective Options:

  • CFA AR 502 Branding (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 573 Design and Animation (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 576 Motion Graphics (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 577 Editorial Publication (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 581 Web Design 1 (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 582 Web Design 2 (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 587 Info Design (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 594 Graphic Design Theory (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 595 Visual Systems (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 597 Experience Design (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 589 Interactive Design (2 cr)
  • CFA AR 593 Design Lab (2 cr)

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