University of Southern Indiana

Graphic Design Tools Level I Certificate

This 96-hour certificate will provide you the tools and knowledge you need to be confident in your graphic design abilities. Upon completion, you will be able to produce professional quality documents, create stunning vector graphics, edit and process photographs, create your own original images, and organize your images quickly and effectively.

To receive the certificate, complete the following four classes and receive 70% or higher on each of the finals.  Courses can be taken in any order. To see complete description and register click on the course titles below. The first time you register for an online course, you will be prompted to create an account.  This account will be unique for just the online courses.

Complete the following courses:

  • Introduction to Lightroom Classic CC  Learn to use the tools in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC for the cloud to organize and edit your images, fine-tune lighting and color, and develop an efficient image-processing workflow.
  • Introduction to Illustrator CS6
    Learn to design and draw vector art, work with shape gradients, and manipulate color images using Adobe Illustrator CS6. 
  • Introduction to InDesign CS6
    Learn how to use Adobe InDesign CS6, the industry-standard desktop publishing software program, to design professional-quality letterheads, brochures, eBooks, and more.  or Introduction to InDesign CC Learn how to use Adobe InDesign CC to create professional-quality letterhead, brochures, forms, eBooks, business materials and more.
  • Introduction to Photoshop CS5
    Learn how to use Photoshop CS5, the world's best graphics program for photographers, to edit photos and create original images. or Introduction to Photoshop CS6  Learn how to use Photoshop CS6, the world's best graphics program for photographers, to edit photos and create original images.  or Introduction to Photoshop CC This hands-on, project-oriented course is filled with detailed step-by-step instructions that teach you how to edit photos and create basic images using Photoshop in the Creative Cloud. Discover how to improve photographs by editing out flaws, correcting for poor exposure, and adding new elements. 

Registration Fee: $460 ($115 each course)

Note – All courses must be taken through Lifelong Learning at the University of Southern Indiana in-order to be eligible for the certificate.

When you have completed the four courses email Outreach@usi.edu with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name
  • certificate name
  • courses completed (names and dates)
  • current mailing address

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