2D Design Certificate

With a focus on creative problem solving and technical skill-building, the Certificate in 2D Design Basics introduces students to typography, image-making, and communication strategies, grounded in both industry-standard tools and design theory.

This flexible, evening and weekend program is ideal for students new to design who aspire to work with leading design faculty in a hands-on studio environment. Areas of study include Type Design, Layout and Publication Design, Visual Identity Systems and Information Design. Students exit the program with portfolio-ready projects, as well as an understanding of business and professional practices in the industry.




Assignments + Assessment

An assessment of the learning outcomes for each student is prepared by the instructor.

Students must achieve a Pass (P) in every required and elective course to be eligible for a 2D Design Basics Certificate. 

To receive a passing grade in each of their courses, students must:

  • complete assignments, exercises, and activities to the instructor’s stated requirements;
  • satisfy course learning outcomes.

Students can expect to spend a maximum of one hour of homework for every hour spent in class. All assignments must be completed to the evaluative standard set by the instructor to satisfy the learning outcomes of the course and program.


Students complete the 2D Design Basics Certificate at their own pace, registering in their required courses according to their own schedule and availability. Courses are offered over evenings and weekends allowing for part-time study.

Students must complete 198 hours of class-time. Courses range in length from 18 to 24 hours.