Become a Graphic Designer

You will learn how to become a graphic designer, including: what a graphic designer does, how to develop your skills to succeed in a graphic design career, how to get hired for a job and freelance as a graphic designer, and how to start your own graphic design business and get clients.

What Happens in the Graphic Designer Certificate Course Online

The Graphic Designer Certificate Course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Graphic Designer). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Graphic Designer Certificate Course Online has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Graphic Designer Certificate Course Online has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Graphic Designer Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Graphic Designer Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College. Topics covered in the Graphic Designer Certificate Course Online include the following:

Introduction to Graphic Design

  • What is a Graphic Designer?
  • About the Graphic Design Industry
  • Benefits of Being a Graphic Designer

What a Graphic Designer Does

  • Specializations in Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design Tools
  • Collecting information
  • Preparing a Creative Brief
  • Develop and Refine the Design Concept
  • Create the Design
  • Collect and Implement Feedback

Developing Your Skills

  • Design Knowledge and Theory
  • Creative Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Business Skills
  • Ways to Learn Graphic Design
  • How to Get Graphic Design Experience

Getting Hired as a Graphic Designer

  • Employers Who Hire Graphic Designers:
    • Branding Agencies
    • Advertising Agencies
    • Publishers
    • Newspapers and Magazines
    • Corporations
    • Government
    • Non-Profits
  • How to Find Job Openings
  • Creating a Winning Resume and Cover Letter
  • Building a Portfolio
  • Job Interviews
  • The Job Offer

Starting Your Own Graphic Design Business

  • Setting Up a Freelance Business
  • Setting Up a Graphic Design Business
  • Creating a Business Plan
  • Legal and Financial Matters
  • Setting Your Fees and Getting Paid
  • Employing Others

Marketing Your Business

  • Choosing Your Target Markets
  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Community Outreach

Working With Clients

  • Selling Your Services
  • Creating Proposals
  • Meeting with Prospective Clients
  • Client Contracts
  • Client Consultations

What Is Included in the Graphic Designer Certificate Course Online

This all-inclusive Graphic Designer Certificate Course Online package includes:

  • Registration for the online Graphic Designer Certificate Course
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Graphic Designers for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Graphic Designer Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: iAP Career College Guide to Become a Graphic Designer (e-book edition)

Register for the Graphic Designer Certificate Course

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You can have all this for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other programs. (We found courses based on old editions of our guides with registration fees of up to $999 and more.) We are able to offer you online courses at a significantly lower cost to you because of our expertise from over 20 years of producing the leading online guides for non-traditional careers.

Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

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Register today for the Graphic Designer Certificate Course. Enrollment is limited and registration is on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you register early for the Graphic Designer Certificate Course online to avoid disappointment.

If the course is full, please email support@iapcollege.com to be notified when a new course date is scheduled.

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About a Career as a Graphic Designer

Imagine having a fun, flexible, and financially rewarding career getting paid to do what you love. Welcome to the world of graphic design!

Graphic design involves planning, creating, and editing compelling visual images. As a graphic designer you will have the satisfaction of using your creativity and making your vision a reality.

While some graphic designers choose to specialize in a particular type of design, many graphic designers enjoy working on a variety of projects.

To give just a few examples, you might go from designing a logo, to an event poster, to a menu, to the layout of a magazine, to a digital advertisement, to the display for a new community welcome sign, and so on.

Graphic designers are in demand in industries of all kinds — from advertising to athletics, fashion to finance, healthcare to hospitality, publishing to performing arts, and many more.

You might choose the security of working ‘in-house’ for a corporation or other organization, or the variety of working with a creative agency.

If you start your own graphic design business, you will enjoy the freedom and financial rewards of being your own boss.

According to payscale.com, freelance graphic designers charge an average of around $30 per hour, with more experienced designers earning upwards of $60 US per hour.

My experience with IAP Career College was exceptional! I loved how the courses get right to the main points and you learn so much in a short period of time.
Kari Miller, Ohsweken, Ontario

Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

Why Choose IAP Career College?

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers.

The textbooks for most of our courses were developed by our parent company, the leading online publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career, with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Our guides have been used as textbooks for more than a decade, and you can find them in the career centers and library collections of many famed colleges and universities – from the University of Texas to the Fashion Institute of Technology – as well as in numerous public libraries in cities from Vancouver to New York.

It can cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to take other certificate programs. When we discovered online courses based on old editions of our career guides costing over $1,000.00, we knew it was time to offer our own online certificate programs.

Now, the leader in online career guides for dream careers, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs through IAP Career College, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home.

Established online in 1999, the parent company of IAP Career College (known as FabJob) is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and respected news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

We continue this tradition of excellence in online career education with the International Association of Professions Career College. Each of our career certificate programs has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

We invite you to learn more about the online certificate courses we offer you by visiting our Certificate Courses page. We are also happy to answer any of your questions to help you decide whether an online certificate course from the International Association of Professions Career College is right for you.

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  • How Much Money Do Graphic Designers Make?
    According to payscale.com, freelance graphic designers charge an average of around $30 per hour, with more experienced designers earning upwards of $60 US per hour.
  • What Does a Graphic Designer Do?
    Imagine having a fun, flexible, and financially rewarding career getting paid to do what you love. Welcome to the world of graphic design! Graphic design involves planning, creating, and editing compelling visual images. As a graphic designer you will have the satisfaction of using your creativity and making your vision a reality. While some graphic designers choose to specialize in a particular type of design, many graphic designers enjoy working on a variety of projects. To give just a few examples, you might go from designing a logo, to an event poster, to a menu, to the layout of a magazine, to a digital advertisement, to the display for a new community welcome sign, and so on. Graphic designers are in demand in industries of all kinds -- from advertising to athletics, fashion to finance, healthcare to hospitality, publishing to performing arts, and many more.
  • How Do I Become a Graphic Designer?
    Earning a certificate as a graphic designer will equip you with the principles and techniques for becoming a professional graphic designer. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Graphic Designer Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Graphic Designer Certificate Course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional graphic designer. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.