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Graphic Design

Start your graphic design career at Cape Fear!

Cape Fear Community College offers a graphic design certificate program consisting of 6 courses and 264 hours of instruction. The coursework will focus on graphic design principles, Adobe Design software and web applications for graphic designers. Students can expect to learn about current design and technology. Using state of the art software and resources, the Graphic Arts faculty will train students in all areas of design as well as logo creation, color theory and newly emerging areas in the field. Take a look at some of our student artwork!

See how one CFCC graphic design student turned his class project into a freelance career!

Graphic Design Certificates

For students entering prior to fall 2020

Courses must be taken in the order listed. Students can take a maximum of 2 classes at a time. Pre-requisites and co-requisites must be followed. Successful completion of all courses is required to receive a certificate.

Total Hours: 264

Program Plan

Semester Course Plan
Semester 1 Foundations & Adobe I 
Semester 2 Adobe II & Photoshop
Semester 3 Web Applications & Capstone**

**Capstone can be taken with Web App or as a standalone class.

Program Pre-requisites & Co-requisites

Course Pre or Co-requisite
Foundations of Design None
Adobe I Pre and/or co-requisite of Foundations of Design
Adobe II Pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I
Adobe Illustrator: Optional course; pre-requisites include Foundations of Design, Adobe I; co-requisite: Adobe II
Photoshop Pre-requisites include Foundations of Design, Adobe I; co-requisite: Adobe II
Web Applications Pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I and II, and Photoshop; co-requisites include Adobe Photoshop for Graphic Design
Capstone Co-requisite includes Web Applications; pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I, Photoshop for Graphic Design, and Adobe II

*Adobe Illustrator is an optional 24-hour course. Illustrator becomes a requirement in the fall of 2020.


For students entering fall 2020 and beyond

Courses must be taken in the order listed. Students can take a maximum of 2 classes at a time. Pre-requisites and co-requisites must be followed. Successful completion of all courses is required to receive a certificate.

Total Hours: 312

Program Plan

Semester Course Plan
Semester l Foundations and Adobe l
Semester 2 Illustrator and Adobe ll
Semester 3 Photoshop and Web Applications
Semester 4 Capstone

Program Pre-requisites & Co-requisites

Course Pre or Co-requisite
Foundations of Design None
Adobe I Pre and/or co-requisite of Foundations of Design
Adobe II Pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I
Adobe Illustrator: Pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I, Adobe II; co-requisites include Adobe II or Photoshop
Photoshop Pre-requisites include Foundations of Design, Adobe I, Adobe II, Adobe Illustrator
Web Applications Pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I, Adobe II, and Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop; co-requisites include Photoshop
Capstone Pre-requisites include Foundations, Adobe I, and Adobe II, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Web Applications.

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