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Many colleges and universities offer professional certificates. These are primarily used for individuals seeking to gain a leg up in their current job, or who wish to use the certificate to gain future employment. While the length of study will vary depending on the field of study, most of these programs can be completed within a year or less. What is a Certificate in Design Studies? This program… Read more

Many colleges and universities offer professional certificates. These are primarily used for individuals seeking to gain a leg up in their current job, or who wish to use the certificate to gain future employment. While the length of study will vary depending on the field of study, most of these programs can be completed within a year or less.

What is a Certificate in Design Studies? This program primarily focuses on interior design, visual arts and graphic design. Students can learn key techniques of visual expression, including components in painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, principles of design and three-dimensional studies. The certificate is designed to give graduates a chance to learn new skills which will benefit them in the visual arts industry or improve upon existing skills. Some of the courses offered might include history, interior decorating, ceramics, sculpture, space planning, materials and decorative arts.

One of the primary benefits of earning a professional certificate is that it can make some candidates more qualified for jobs in the design industry. Some companies may also offer a better wage for those who are professionally certified. For those who are interested in continuing on to a more advanced degree level, it can also pave the path to higher education.

Each program varies in duration and tuition fees depending on the institution, field of study and the country the school is located in. Prospective students should contact the office of admissions directly to learn more about the program and the associated course costs.

Many jobs in the design industry are highly competitive, but graduates of the program may find themselves in demand for a variety of institutions, ranging from both small and large enterprises. They can emerge from the program with a stronger appreciation of cultural values and the visual arts, and a solid foundation in the design industry. Many individuals become an interior decorator or graphic designer, though with further education a career in art education can be pursued.

Many institutions offer distance learning modules and online classes, as well as part-time and full-time courses. To learn more, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona
Barcelona , Spain

The Postgraduate in Design for Innovation Strategy equips students with design-specific methodologies and tools allowing them to identify new business opportunities and come u ... +

The Postgraduate in Design for Innovation Strategy equips students with design-specific methodologies and tools allowing them to identify new business opportunities and come up with valuable solutions. Global trends such as technological breakthroughs, a growing population, scarce resources and climate change are posing major challenges for companies. -
Postgraduate Certificate
Part-time
3 months
English
Apr 2021
Campus
 
BrainStation
New York , USA +2 More

BrainStation's Design Thinking Course provides students with the skills to implement the design thinking process as a problem-solving framework. You will learn the systematic ... +

BrainStation's Design Thinking Course provides students with the skills to implement the design thinking process as a problem-solving framework. You will learn the systematic process of design thinking, adopting a user-centric approach while prototyping, testing, and iterating solutions that provide a competitive advantage in fields like product design, digital design, and UX/UI design. -
Certificate
Part-time
5 - 10 weeks
English
Campus
Online
 
Masters Design Lab
London , United Kingdom

This is a nine-course program showcasing the most basic skills needed for modern designers. This program is good for anyone that wants to start in graphic design or wants to a ... +

This is a nine-course program showcasing the most basic skills needed for modern designers. This program is good for anyone that wants to start in graphic design or wants to acquire a new skill set. The Graphic Design program teaches the basic concepts of graphic design such as colour theory, typography, and composition, and working with the relevant software. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
4 - 5 months
English
07 Apr 2021
31 Mar 2021
Online
 

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London School of Design and Marketing (ES)
London , United Kingdom +1 More

Throughout this program, our goal will be to develop and leverage your skills in design management and see you as a pioneer in strategic innovation and change. You will explor ... +

Throughout this program, our goal will be to develop and leverage your skills in design management and see you as a pioneer in strategic innovation and change. You will explore theoretical aspects in areas such as innovation and creativity, supported by a suitable analytical discourse. You will observe case studies, research methodologies, presentations, and design audits. -
Certificate
Full-time
16 weeks
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Aug 2021
Online
 
London School of Design and Marketing (PT)
London , United Kingdom +1 More

Throughout this course, we intend to develop and work on your design skills and look at you as the pioneer in strategic innovation and design change. It will explore theoretic ... +

Throughout this course, we intend to develop and work on your design skills and look at you as the pioneer in strategic innovation and design change. It will explore theoretical topics in areas such as innovation and creativity and will be supported using appropriate analytical discourse. You will also have the opportunity to observe case studies, research methodologies, presentations and design audits. -
Certificate
Full-time
16 weeks
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Aug 2021
Online
 
Spain Online , Spain

In the Large Scale Interior Design Expert Program we will learn to systematize the processes of creating interior design for any space, no matter how large it may be. With a v ... +

In the Large Scale Interior Design Expert Program we will learn to systematize the processes of creating interior design for any space, no matter how large it may be. With a very practical approach we will teach you to define well the processes and systems under which interior design processes are governed in large structures and we will learn to build solid and durable solutions that enhance the identity and functionality of these large spaces. -
Certificate
Full-time
3 months
Spanish
10 May 2021
Online
 
London School Of Design And Marketing
London , United Kingdom

Throughout this programme, we aim to develop and harness your skills in managing design and look at you, as the design pioneers for strategic innovation and change. You will e ... +

Throughout this programme, we aim to develop and harness your skills in managing design and look at you, as the design pioneers for strategic innovation and change. You will explore theoretical topics in areas such as innovation and creativity and we will support you with suitable analytical discourse. -
Certificate
Full-time
16 weeks
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Online
 
Northwestern University Master of Product Design and Development Management
Evanston , USA

Gain the skills to manage the design and development of products for strategic competitive advantage. This intensive three-day certificate program provides the skills related ... +

Gain the skills to manage the design and development of products for strategic competitive advantage. This intensive three-day certificate program provides the skills related to managing creativity and design, customer-focused innovation, gap analysis in the design process, strategy in design, industrial design essentials, human factors, research, marketing and intellectual property. Participants will also gain skills in managing the product development phase-gate process, teams, and product performance metrics. -
Certificate
Full-time
3 days
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai
Dubai , United Arab Emirates

The Certificate Course in Graphics and Multimedia offers these benefits: access to state-of-the-art lab facilities, multimedia lab, sound studio, post-production and video edi ... +

The Certificate Course in Graphics and Multimedia offers these benefits: access to state-of-the-art lab facilities, multimedia lab, sound studio, post-production and video editing facilities. -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Tufts University - School of Engineering
Medford , USA

The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree and is especially useful for computer programmers, web designers, software engineers, human factors professionals, ... +

The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree and is especially useful for computer programmers, web designers, software engineers, human factors professionals, user interface designers, and others who wish to develop or enhance their user interface design and implementation skills. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Fanshawe College
London , Canada

The Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media program will build on your graphic design, photo and video editing, broadcasting or animation skills, giving you the adva ... +

The Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media program will build on your graphic design, photo and video editing, broadcasting or animation skills, giving you the advanced tools to succeed as specialized post-production professional. -
Graduate Certificate
Full-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Thomas More University of Applied Sciences
Mechelen , Belgium

Space & Service Design is an emerging design discipline that aims at improving the experience of the users of (semi-) public spaces and services. Research-led design and u ... +

Space & Service Design is an emerging design discipline that aims at improving the experience of the users of (semi-) public spaces and services. Research-led design and user-centred methodologies lead you to design relevant services, spaces, objects, furniture, and communication tools for society-oriented design challenges for real clients. We stimulate designers to be socially aware and proactive change agents. -
Postgraduate Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
 
UC Berkeley Global: Study-Abroad Opportunities
Berkeley , USA +1 More

Develop your user-interface (UI) design skills by creating innovative experiences; structuring, organizing and managing content; identifying user needs, and developing social ... +

Develop your user-interface (UI) design skills by creating innovative experiences; structuring, organizing and managing content; identifying user needs, and developing social innovations. Through various hands-on projects, you'll develop a portfolio that will impress a future hiring manager. Understand principles such as learnability, visibility, efficiency and the human capabilities that motivate them. Receive a certificate upon completion and be eligible for an internship. -
Certificate Certificate
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education
Irvine , USA +1 More

Building skills in developing and delivering online learning are integral to addressing the task of training online. As companies increasingly recognize the value of online le ... +

Building skills in developing and delivering online learning are integral to addressing the task of training online. As companies increasingly recognize the value of online learning, training functions must keep pace with advances in instructional methodologies and new technology. It is critical that training professionals remain up-to-date with changes to how training is produced and delivered. -
Certificate
Part-time
9 - 18 months
English
Online
 
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney , Australia

The UTS Graduate Certificate in Social and Service Design enables professionals to develop their capability to design service responses to complex social problems they face ev ... +

The UTS Graduate Certificate in Social and Service Design enables professionals to develop their capability to design service responses to complex social problems they face every day. This practical learning program is aimed at equipping students with a design-based methodology in social service design. That methodology provides a structure for reframing problems and can be employed to transform public engagement, practices, services, regulations, policies, organisations and communities. The course utilises an experiential, peer-learning model within the teaching program and the learning environment offers a great opportunity for collaboration and idea-sharing with fellow students across disciplines and sectors. -
Graduate Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
English
Feb 2021
Campus
 

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