Certificate Programs in Design Studies

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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London College of Contemporary Arts
London, United Kingdom

The HNC in Graphic Design will enable you to develop your creative ability and technical graphic skills, allowing you to determine the career path you wish to take. The course ... +

The HNC in Graphic Design will enable you to develop your creative ability and technical graphic skills, allowing you to determine the career path you wish to take. The course is delivered via a combination of practical workshops, lectures, one-to-one tutorials and field trips to galleries and museums. You will engage in creating your own portfolio and will have the choice to specialise within a discipline of your choice, such as illustration, digital media, advertising or typography. -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
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 2020
Campus
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

The Graphic Design specialization, itinerary in Advertising is a course comprising 240 ECTS credits for graphic designers with a creative advertising mindset. As well as carry ... +

The Graphic Design specialization, itinerary in Advertising is a course comprising 240 ECTS credits for graphic designers with a creative advertising mindset. As well as carrying out design projects, they will learn to conduct visual communication campaigns enhanced by conceptualization, brand strategy, and art direction. -
Undergraduate Certificate
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2020
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
 
ESTACA
Paris, France

An Innovative Program to Operate Numerical Tools Aligned with Industrial Requirements. ESTACA offers a one-semester program in CAE and Design applied to the Aeronautical and A ... +

An Innovative Program to Operate Numerical Tools Aligned with Industrial Requirements. ESTACA offers a one-semester program in CAE and Design applied to the Aeronautical and Automotive sectors. The objective of this program is to provide students with the means of achieving high-quality design, cost reduction, and best time-to-market skills. Combining the training in CAE and its immediate application to a design project carried out in an international team optimizes the training period for maximum results, after which the students are immediately operational. -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Feb 2020
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
22 Feb 2020
31 Jan 2020
Campus
 
École Intuit.Lab
Mumbai, India

Technology has transformed the world, and design has been an integral part of this revolution. Hence, the Digital Design Pro (UI/ UX) program has been formulated at intuit.lab ... +

Technology has transformed the world, and design has been an integral part of this revolution. Hence, the Digital Design Pro (UI/ UX) program has been formulated at intuit.lab by industry veterans, to make digital design learning an incredible experience. -
Certificate
Part-time
6 months
English
Jul 2020
Campus
 
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Ghent, Belgium

The English-taught postgraduate digital storytelling is a programme aimed at the storytellers of tomorrow, creatives who wish to present their projects or themselves as makers ... +

The English-taught postgraduate digital storytelling is a programme aimed at the storytellers of tomorrow, creatives who wish to present their projects or themselves as makers using audio, video, photographs and text (or mixed media) through YouTube, Medium, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media. Everyone who already writes text, who creates audio, music, photographs, videos or art and wants to share a creative story online, is invited to come and specialise in online storytelling and create online media for social media. The programme is open to all students who are in the possession of a bachelor or master diploma. -
Postgraduate Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
 
LCI Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Coolhunting is the discipline that deals with discovering the present needs of the consumer and anticipating those that will appear in the future, through the combination of s ... +

Coolhunting is the discipline that deals with discovering the present needs of the consumer and anticipating those that will appear in the future, through the combination of sociology, marketing, and design. -
Postgraduate Certificate
Full-time
Spanish
Mar 2020
Campus
 
The Design Ecademy - Online Design Courses
Richmond, United Kingdom

Designer curtains and soft furnishings are an essential element of any interior design project. A good interior designer will design curtains so they co-ordinate and complemen ... +

Designer curtains and soft furnishings are an essential element of any interior design project. A good interior designer will design curtains so they co-ordinate and complement the interior design style in a way that is unique and individual. But it’s not just about how they look. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
8 months
English
Aug 2020
Online
 
George Washington University - Graduate School of Education and Human Development Online
Washington, USA

With a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the George Washington University (GW), you'll develop foundational knowledge and skills to design and implement effect ... +

With a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the George Washington University (GW), you'll develop foundational knowledge and skills to design and implement effective instruction. This online certificate prepares you to lead instructional design from the beginning stages of defining your organization's learning needs to determining the appropriate instructional format to designing materials and implementing them. -
Certificate
Full-time
18 months
English
Jan 2020
Online
 
American University Online
Washington, USA

American University's online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics builds the foundational skills you need to manage these programs by applying a ... +

American University's online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics builds the foundational skills you need to manage these programs by applying and adapting proven analytic methodologies to improve learning. -
Graduate Certificate
Part-time
9 months
English
Sep 2020
Online
 
Fanshawe College
London, Canada

The Advanced Ergonomic Studies graduate program, the first of its kind in Canada, will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the science of ergonomics.

The Advanced Ergonomic Studies graduate program, the first of its kind in Canada, will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the science of ergonomics. -
Graduate Certificate
Full-time
English
08 Sep 2020
Campus
 
edX
Cambridge, USA

Learn how to visualize architectural spaces to effectively communicate design ideas using Blender, a free and open-source tool.

Learn how to visualize architectural spaces to effectively communicate design ideas using Blender, a free and open-source tool. -
Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
English
Online
 
University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education
USA Online, USA

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 months
English
Online