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Continuing Education and Workforce Development


"My passion for my craft drives me as I work with young designers, artists and photographers. I hope my enthusiasm for my work and pursuit of excellence is contagious."

–Will Lotzow, Continuing Education Graphic Design Instructor

Graphic Design

Graphic designers combine typography, illustration and photography to create a visual language that surrounds us every day. Complete our graphic design certificate to learn the practical skills and design theory needed in this field. You’ll learn real-world techniques from instructors who are graphic design professionals with years of experience. We focus on giving you the personal attention and answers you need to apply your new skills at work the next day.

See our course schedule for classes currently open for registration.

Graphic Design Professional Certificate

A graphic design professional is competent in print graphic design and production and can demonstrate expertise in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. The capstone course in this certificate program combines design principles (i.e. color theory implementation, creative typography and conceptual skills) to help you produce a comprehensive project, which can later be printed and become part of your portfolio.

Successfully complete the following courses:

  • Adobe Photoshop 1, 2, 3
  • Adobe Illustrator 1, 2
  • Adobe InDesign 1, 2, 3
  • Design Principles

Special series price: $1599

Customize it!

Our courses can be tailored to your organization's needs and delivered at your site or ours. Contact us today to discuss customized training for your team.

For more information about courses or customized training contact us at 612-659-6500 or continuinged@minneapolis.edu.

CECT Instructor Paints with Kids

Yuya Negishi

Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) art instructor Yuya Negishi visited fourth and fifth grade students to show them some of the skills he teaches in his Japanese Sumi-e Ink Painting and Calligraphy class at MCTC. "I see beauty through working with kids. I’m a teacher, but at the same time those students taught me a lot," he said.

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$3.3 Million Grant Means Customized Training for Pioneer Press, Gedney Foods

Training at MCTC.

With help from a $3.3 million MN Job Skills Partnership grant to MnSCU, MCTC's Division of Continuing Education and Customized Training will provide uniquely designed programs for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Gedney Foods.

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