The Visual Communications Foundation with Customized Specialization certificate is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills that are essential building blocks in the field of Graphic Design. All courses within this certificate are also part of a AAAS degree in Graphic Design.

Completion Award
Certificate of Proficiency
Length of Study
54 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Create, select and organize design elements on an introductory level including letterforms, illustrations, typography and other graphic images
  2. Use computer software applications for graphic design, illustration, desktop design/publishing, and scanning or manipulating visual images (and video or 2D animation if these final classes are chosen)
  3. Be familiar with procedures, processes and concerns in many types of visual communication projects

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Graduates are hired in entry-level position as Graphic Designers, Production artists, Multimedia artists, Web designers, IT web supporters, Photographers, Illustrators, Animators, Prepress, Videographers, Marketing/project managers, Creative services sales representatives.

Potential employers include: Graduates of the certificate program may find entry-level employment in a variety of settings including advertising agencies, publication houses, news agencies, imaging agencies and print shops.

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require certain educational programs that qualify for a variety of federal student funding to comply with Gainful Employment rules.

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Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $60 - $200 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

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