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Design School NYC

Learn to Design in Hands-on Classes & Certificates

Learn at a Top Design School

Launch your career or expand your design skills in classes and certificate programs in New York City. Get started in introductory workshops or learn comprehensively in New York-licensed certificate programs.

From designing websites to graphics, user interfaces, and animations, you can learn the latest design techniques at Noble Desktop. Our courses feature custom training manuals developed by a team of experts and focus on practical and in-demand skills by completing real-world design projects.

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Design Classes for Everyone

If you want to learn a new skill before signing up for a class, come to one of our free seminars in SoHo, New York City. Our instructors will guide you through design activities in two hours or less.

If you’re prepared to launch a new career, we offer state-licensed design certificate programs online or in‑person at our SoHo campus. Take short courses to build your portfolio of skills and complete additional courses later to earn a certificate.

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Graphic Design Classes

Graphic Design is visual communication through artwork or combined images and text. Graphic designers create logos, social media graphics, brochures, advertising materials, logos, product packaging, and more.

Designers use apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator to create their designs for use digitally and in print.

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Web Design Classes

Web design involves both design and coding. Some people do both aspects, while others concentrate on either design or coding. It’s increasingly valuable to learn both.

You use Sketch, Adobe XD, or Photoshop to design webpages and optimize images. With HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code you can edit or build the website layout. We offer variety of classes and certificate programs in web design and coding to suit your needs.

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UX Design Classes

A UX designer is a “people person” that focuses on the needs of users to enhance a product (website, app, etc). Rather than designing graphics, UX designers conduct user research, create and test ideas with prototypes, and do user testing to see how things perform.

In our UX Design courses, you’ll work on task-based assignments including conducting user research, developing personas, drawing wireframes, designing fully-functional prototypes, and presenting work.

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UI/Visual Design Classes

UI or Visual designers work with UX designers to design visuals for websites, apps, and more. They determine the colors, typography, and appearance based on insights gained from the UX design process.

Get started learning the visual design tools such as Sketch, Adobe XD, and Photoshop. Aspiring visual designers can attend our Visual Design Bootcamp to create portfolio pieces and learn design theory. Earn a Certificate in Visual Design in our comprehensive program.

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Motion Design Classes

Motion designers combine graphics, sound, motion, and visual design techniques to create more compelling visuals. Use Adobe After Effects to animate graphics and text, and edit video in Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

Get started with video editing and motion graphics applications in short courses, and continue learning and developing a portfolio in the Certificate in Motion Graphics. Graduates will create portfolio projects and get feedback from a top motion designer in New York.

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Skills-Based Learning

Because of our small class sizes, you’ll receive individual support when you need help. Our courses begin with students working on design-based projects right away. At each class, you’ll receive a custom training manual developed by our team of instructional experts that are frequently updated for new design trends and application updates.

Peter, a Senior Manager of Creative Services at WebMD, comments, “I highly recommend the course and Noble Desktop overall. Instructors are the best, and the exercises and manuals prove helpful long after the class has ended. Noble is the only place I would consider taking a course. It continues to help me grow in my design career.”

Our Supportive Learning Community

We’re excited to welcome you to our learning community at our headquarters in SoHo. Dan Rodney, Director and Head of Curriculum at Noble says, “In the Noble community, some people have been taking courses with us for decades. They keep coming back to learn new skills as the industry changes and coding has evolved, trusting us to teach them the newest coding languages and design tools.”

Top Design School in New York since 1990

Since we started in 1990, over 40,000 designers have attended Noble Desktop’s courses. Our seminars, courses, and intensive programs have earned more than 2,000 reviews from designers and developers in New York and abroad. Our alumni are employed at top international firms, including NBCUniversal, Oracle, American Express, and publishing giant Condé Nast. Many of our alumni are successful freelance designers.

Top Design Courses and Certificate Programs

Graphic Design Certificate

Mar 25–May 22, 10am–5pm $2995

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This Graphic Design Certificate Program includes classes in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and our project-based Graphic Design Fundamentals. Learn to design, retouch photos, create vector graphics, and walk away with designs to show to prospective employers.

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Web Design Certificate

Apr 1–Apr 23, 10am–5pm $3800

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Learn to code websites, emails, create web graphics, and use Photoshop to design webpages, in this comprehensive certificate program.

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UX Design Bootcamp

Mar 11–Apr 10, 6–9pm $1495

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In this UX design class you will learn the fundamentals of engaging with the user, concept development and prototyping. You will also practice how to critically analyze and communicate your findings to the team and a real-world client. This intensive UX course prepares you to understand the basics of user experience practice through various methodologies and real-world projects.

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Visual Design Bootcamp

Apr 15–May 1, 6–9pm $975

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Learn to design websites for mobile and desktop using timeless principles such as color, layout, and typography, as well as visual conventions, standards, and trends. You will learn the process and principles for designing responsive websites through lectures and hands-on exercises.

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Adobe After Effects CC Level 1

Mar 4–6, 10–5pm $975

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Adobe After Effects is a powerful tool for animation and video post-production. It can be used to create stand-alone videos, animations, special effects, animated titles, and much more. Use it to create compelling video content for broadcast TV and web.

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Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp

Feb 25–Mar 13, 6–9pm $975

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Get started using Photoshop to retouch and color correct photos, create graphics and more. In class you’ll work on everything from color correction to photo retouching, moving from a scanned image or digital camera shot to final output for print or web. You’ll learn about layers, masks, paths, filters, type, and more!

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NYC’s Best Design Programs

From step-by-step training workbooks to a “learn then practice” teaching style, Noble Desktop’s Design classes are proven to be the most effective. Our instructors work professionally as coders, bringing real-world experience and portfolio examples to the courses. Learn in small classes for personalized attention, and retake the class for free within six months.

  • “I spent a lot of time researching different schools and couldn't be more happy that I went to Noble Desktop for the Web Design Certificate. The instructors are great, you cover a lot of material and best of all - you get to keep the workbook so you can repeat exercises on your own!”

    Kathy Hallock

  • “Reading all the positive testimonials you think to yourself, ‘No class or instructor can be THAT good, right?’ Wrong. The instructors at Noble are the most knowledgeable, experienced, patient and skilled teachers you will find anywhere and the learning methods and training materials they employ will have you designing, coding and creating in no time.”

    Darrel Somoza

  • “Outstanding. Highly recommend the course and Noble Desktop overall. Instructors are the best, exercises and manuals prove helpful long after the class has ended. The only place I would consider to take a course. Continues to help me grow in my design career.”

    Peter Carey

  • “The instructors are top notch; very approachable and they know their stuff. Their class format is see and do; they explain an exercise step by step then have you complete it and are there to help you if you get stuck. I found the hands-on approach very effective. The exercises are modular and build on previous ones and every time you complete one you've made something happen that you didn't know how to do 30 minutes ago. That's a great feeling and helps keep you engaged in what you're learning. Piece by piece you're building practical skills that you can apply immediately.”

    Jonathon Powell

  • “As a long-time refugee of print design, I took the plunge and invested in my career by taking the Web Design Certificate. I feel like it really paid off. I felt empowered and possessed the tools to design and build modern, responsive web sites.

    The aspect I most appreciated was learning up-to-date best practices for executing modern web designs. Noble’s original step-by-step books are second to none: easy to follow and handy references to fall back on while working on a project. The instructors bring their own valuable real-world experience and are eager to help and share their knowledge.”

    Dylan Rogers

  • “The teaching method at Noble Desktop is perfect and the classes provide you with infinite knowledge that makes you eager to take all of the classes they offer. The quality of the instructors and exercises is unmatchable and of the highest quality. I love Noble!”

    Ivonne Ackerman

  • “I think this class was the perfect amount of content & taught in such as way that it was easy to understand, especially for those like me who are designers & not used to code. It was very easy to understand and follow and I felt excited at the end of each day about FINALLY understanding how HTML & CSS work together to create a site, and how simple it can be once you understand the basics behind code.”

    Kimberly Korpics

Upcoming Design Courses in NYC


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Graphic Design Fundamentals Next Class: Feb 22–Mar 29, Friday, 10–1pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe InDesign Bootcamp Next Class: Mar 25–27, Mon–Wed, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp Next Class: Feb 25–Mar 13, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp Next Class: Mar 18–Apr 3, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Sketch in a Day Next Class: Mar 4–6, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Web Development Level 1 Next Class: Mar 9–23, Saturday, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
UX Design Bootcamp Next Class: Mar 11–Apr 10, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 30 Hours Price: $1495
Visual Design Bootcamp Next Class: Apr 15–May 1, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe After Effects CC Level 1 Next Class: Mar 4–6, Mon–Wed, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Premiere Pro in a Day Next Class: Feb 25, Monday, 10–5pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325