Graphic Design Support - Certificate Program
Want to start a career in graphic design? The Graphic Design Support College Credit Certificate (CCC) program at EFSC offers five essential courses that lay the groundwork for a career in this versatile field.
These courses not only provide valuable skills but can also be applied toward the Graphics Technology A.S. degree.
You'll learn the basics of drawing and composition using various materials, as well as computer-based design principles to bring your creative ideas to life and turn your passion for design into a successful profession.
The hands-on coursework will involve training in Adobe design applications like Photoshop and Illustrator. You'll practice using the vector pen tool for drawing and discover how to combine raster and vector file types to create graphic illustrations.
Additionally, you'll delve into the technical aspects of computer graphics, focusing on preparing projects for digital printing and publishing. This includes topics like color correction, scanning techniques, color separation, and other prepress procedures.
Graphic Design Support - Certificate Program
Graphic Design Support Certificate - Course Curriculum
This certificate program consists of 15 credit-hours of courses, which you can take in-person on EFSC's Cocoa and Melbourne Campuses. These core courses are packed with crucial information and hands-on practice to help you develop essential skills that are necessary for all related certificates and the A.S. degree.
Graphic Design Support Certificate - Admissions Information
Joining this open-access program doesn't require any extra applications or prerequisite testing. To enroll, just follow the regular admissions and enrollment process at Eastern Florida. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to contact an EFSC academic advisor. They'll help you navigate the steps and provide all the information you need to get started.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
If you're a Florida resident, the basic tuition for this certificate program would be around $1,560. Since the program is short, it doesn't qualify for Federal financial aid on its own. However, you can still use other sources to help cover the tuition costs.
Options include utilizing Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, Florida Prepaid, or the Nelnet Payment Plan. Additionally, you have the opportunity to apply for Titan Scholarships provided by the EFSC Foundation, scholarships offered by external organizations, or Veterans Educational Benefits. It's worth noting that if you pursue the related A.S. degree that includes the certificate courses, you may be eligible for financial aid to support your studies.
College Courses You Would Take
In addition to essential drawing and design skills, the curriculum also covers technical aspects of computer graphics, preparing projects for digital printing and publishing, and improving your ability to create graphic illustrations.
If you're a student from Brevard Public Schools and have taken Digital Design 1 and 2, there's an opportunity for you to save money and time by potentially earning college credit through advanced standing credit. Check with an advisor if this might apply to you.
Here are a few of the courses included in the Graphic Design Support CCC:
Learn design solutions to turn ideas into well-arranged compositions. Establish a comprehensive foundation in design, using elements and principles of design to give form to creative ideas.
Use a raster image editing application to manipulate, enhance, and combine photos and stock images, plus learn about pixel resolution and color control using an image editing application.
Discover how to use the vector pen tool and vector illustration applications to develop core skills for future courses, careers, and computer applications.
Explore the technical side of computer graphics in digital prepress including color correction, color models, scanning techniques, resolution, color separations, trapping, and more.
Why Study Graphic Design Support at EFSC?
Expand Your Learning Experience
As an EFSC student, you'll have exciting opportunities to get involved in digital media clubs, design competitions, and other activities that supplement your education.
Unlock Your Career Potential with Industry Certifications
Did you know that EFSC offers certification programs for various software applications? You can earn certifications in popular software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, credentials that are valued by potential employers as a sign of your skills and knowledge.
Related Graphic Design and Media Programs
If the Graphics Design Support Certificate interests you, there are other programs at EFSC that could be beneficial, too. If you want to move on to a bachelor-level graphic design program, you could also work with your advisor to make graphics courses part of your electives in an Associate in Arts transfer degree pathway.