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Business Graphics

Technical Certificate

10 Credits | Less than 1 year

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction. 

In the Business Graphics program, you’ll exhibit visual and creative thinking while creating marketing content for your organization using various social media platforms, Adobe Creative Cloud, and design apps. Students will design web pages, brochures, posters, invitations, social media posts, and business cards for use in print and digital mediums.

Program Overview

Learn the Adobe Creative Suite basics to create graphic based designs for your organization or update projects in place. Students will learn Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, and Web & Social Media skills to engage and attract customers via many marketing platforms and strategies. Numerous social media platforms, website builders, and design-based apps are introduced and used in the creative process while working on project-based designs.

Program Outcomes

Business Graphics graduates will be able to:

  • Exhibit visual and creative thinking
  • Exhibit conceptual skills
  • Complete projects (such as brochures, mailers, business cards and prepared print media) in a professional and timely manner
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In addition to case studies and scenarios, you will develop the skills employers want using current software such as Adobe Photoshop and desktop publishing applications. 

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Learn by doing.

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Flexible scheduling and start dates.

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In four classes, you’ll complete 10 credits and apply your knowledge to complete projects that use your conceptual skills and technology knowledge.


You can attend Business Graphics classes on-campus or enroll in classes that are offered online or in a flexible-attendance classroom.


You will use a variety of technology including various software packages, training apps, social media, virtual meetings and more.

Career Pathways

As a Business Graphics student at Northwood Tech, you have started your career pathway in this field. You may continue to earn a technical diploma in Office Support Specialist or an associate degree in Administrative Coordinator.

Required Courses

The 10-credit certificate features courses in Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Web Technologies and Advanced Graphics Applications. 

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Featured Business Graphics Courses

| 2 CR
Students will become skilled in using the Adobe Photoshop image-editing software package. Students will create and modify graphic images using various tools and techniques. They will learn to create original artwork, manipulate images, and create images for the Web and retouch photographs.
| 3 CR
Advanced Graphics Applications further enhances the skills students obtained in Adobe Photoshop, vector based illustrations, and desktop publishing software at a more advanced level. Students will also be given independent projects in real-world situations where they can use their creativity, review layout and design principles, utilize their web design experience, and develop their customer service skills. The community independent project will be presented for final approval. The final project will be to create a professional portfolio of their work in electronic form. COREQUISITES: 10103156 Adobe Photoshop, 10106129 Web and Social Media Technologies, and 10106127 Desktop Publishing.
| 3 CR
This course presents the foundational skills necessary to function in a web and social media platform. Students will create a web site using effective web page design concepts including text, graphics, hypertext links, tables, forms, layers, and templates. This course will also introduce students to a broad spectrum of concepts and issues associated with E-Business, cloud-based systems, and Social Media from marketing to network security to customer service. A general knowledge of working in a Windows environment and keyboarding skills are recommended.

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Cost of Attendance

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Business Graphics

10 Credits | Less than 1 year


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Business Graphics Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Business Graphics certificate. You may continue your education at Northwood Tech to earn a technical diploma in Office Support Specialist or an associate degree in Administrative Coordinator.

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