Graphic Design Certificate

The courses for the Graphic Design certificate are offered in the 16-week daytime schedule at the Lake Shore Campus.

The Certificate in Graphic Design is a course of study for anyone interested in learning design concepts, improving design skills, or exploring the rapidly changing area of design and computer graphics. The certificate offers both conceptual and technological training needed to pursue a career in the field and is suitable to returning students with or without college experience or art backgrounds. Traditional undergraduate degree-seeking students are not eligible for this program.

Students admitted to this program enroll in fifteen-week courses through the Department of Fine and Performing arts. Courses are available during the day and evening at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Please click here for the Fine Arts Course Rotation.

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Certificate Requirements

Students complete the following six courses (18 credit hours) of undergraduate coursework:

  • Two-Dimensional Design
  • Visual Communication I, II, III 
  • Digital Media I, II

SCPS cannot guarantee full-time student status throughout the length of our certificate programs. Courses are offered primarily in the 16-week format during the day. 


The faculty draws from diverse areas of expertise in typography, design, business management, and computer software skills. Nicole Ferentz [MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago], Michel Balasis [MFA, Michigan State University] and Kelli Evans [MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago] form the core visual communication faculty, joined by adjunct professor Bridget Gannon [MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago].

International Students

International Students seeking admission to any certificate program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are required to demonstrate the ability to study at Loyola University Chicago with the appropriate F-I visa status classification. The Office of International Programs is available to assist you regarding the appropriate documentation to study with SCPS. Please feel free to contact them at 773.508.7706 or Please be advised:

  • You will be required to provide documentation of your ability to finance your tuition, fees, and living expenses. Please contact The Office of International Programs at 773.508.7706 for details and the appropriate forms needed. SCPS does not provide scholarship assistance for students seeking certificate credentials.
  • An I-20 certificate of eligibility can be issued after admission to an SCPS certificate program, documents regarding post-secondary, English language proficiency, and financial documentation have been submitted. For complete information on the documents needed to receive an I-20 and an F-1 visa as well as helpful advice, visit here.

Apply now or join us for an Open House at our downtown Chicago campus. Contact us to request more information about The School of Continuing and Professional Studies graphic design courses.