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Design School in New York

Hands-on Classes & Certificate Programs

Noble Desktop has been a leading design school since 1990. We’ve trained tens of thousands of students in all types of designs: graphic design, web design, UX & UI design, and motion design.

You can learn design skills in one-day intro classes, more in-depth courses, or complete certificate programs. We teach various types of design. Which do you want to learn?

Graphic Design Classes

Graphic Design is about visual communication. Photos, type, graphics, color, composition, etc. are used to communicate something to the viewer.

Learn Graphic Design skills in these classes:

  • Adobe InDesign: Lay out print designs such as brochures, books, magazines, and more.
  • Adobe Photoshop: Retouch and improve photos, composite images, create graphics, and more.
  • Adobe Illustrator: Create graphics such as logos, icons, fashion design, packaging, and more.
  • Graphic Design Fundamentals: Create portfolio projects and learn about graphic design principles.
  • Graphic Design Certificate: This program includes the classes listed above (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Graphic Design Fundamentals).

Web Design Classes

Web Design involves both design and coding. Some people do both aspects, while others concentrate on either design or coding.

Learn Web Design skills in these classes:

  • Design webpages and web graphics in Sketch, Photoshop, or Adobe XD.
  • HTML & CSS are the fundamental coding languages used for every webpage. Learn to mark up content and then style it.
  • JavaScript & jQuery add interactivity, animation, etc. to create slideshows, image galleries, validate forms, and more.
  • Web Design Certificate: Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and web graphics in this front-end web development program.

UX Design Classes

User Experience (UX) Design involves a person’s behaviors, attitudes, and emotions about using a particular product, system, or service. It considers a person’s perceptions of system aspects such as utility, ease of use, and efficiency.

Learn UX skills in these classes:

  • UX Design Bootcamp will teach you UX design by applying the process to a real-life project that will provide your first portfolio piece.
  • UX in a Day is best if you only need a quick primer about the UX design process.
  • Sketch is used by UX and UI designers to prototype ideas, turn them into final designs, and create graphics for website, apps, etc.
  • UX & UI Design Certificate combines UX and UI Design into one comprehensive program.

UI Design or Visual Design Classes

User Interface (UI) design is also called Visual Design. It focuses on the appearance of things that people interact with: websites, apps, and more.

Learn UI Design skills in these classes:

Motion Design Classes

Motion design is the combination of graphic design and movement. It takes cues from character animation, typography, layout, video editing, illustration, and sound design.

Learn Motion Design skills in these classes:

  • Adobe After Effects is the industry-standard software for motion graphics and animation.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing app for putting together video clips, text, and photos, with or without sound.
  • Animated GIFs can be good for short web animations, and are very popular in HTML Email.
  • GreenSock is extremely powerful and lets you quickly create animate any element in a webpage.

Certificate Programs

Graphic Design Certificate

Graphic Design Courses in NYC

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.

72 Hours

$2995

Next Class: Mar 25–May 22, 10am–5pm

Web Design Certificate

Web Design Classes & Bootcamps in NYC

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

90 Hours

$3800

Next Class: Jan 7–Jan 30, 10am–5pm

UX & UI Design Certificate

Learn to Design the UX & UI for Websites

Learn to design the UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) of websites in this 60-hour certificate program. From prototyping, to user research and testing, to creating visual designs in Sketch, and more, you’ll learn how to create effective designs.

60 Hours

$2495

Next Class: Oct 18–Dec 13, 9am–4:30pm

Visual Design Certificate

Visual Design Courses & Certificate Program in NYC

Design mobile & web interfaces, learn graphic design fundamentals, and create a portfolio. Our Visual Design Certificate includes classes in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, Graphic Design & Visual Design.

90 Hours

$3800

Next Class: Jan 23–Apr 12, 10am–5pm

NYC’s Best Design Classes

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 designers, 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

  • “I have completed 2 certificate programs. A 90-hour front-end web design certificate that included classes in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery, HTML email, Photoshop for web, and mobile and responsive web design. The second certificate built onto the first, and added a 30-hour back-end web development program which included PHP, MySQL, and WordPress.

    I learned tons, and the teachers were excellent. The course books are such a valuable tool to use with my projects. I was able to code a WordPress theme from scratch, and was even asked to speak at this past summer’s Wordcamp NYC. The instructors know their stuff, and really make learning fun. Nothing is rushed, and they take time to answer all questions. These courses were a very worthwhile investment—would recommend to anyone.”

    Gail Kearney

  • “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

Course

Next Class

Duration

Price

Graphic Design Fundamentals Next Class: Jan 9–Feb 13, Wednesday, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe InDesign Bootcamp Next Class: Jan 14–16, Mon–Wed, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp Next Class: Jan 23–25, Wed–Fri, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp Next Class: Oct 29–31, Mon–Wed, 9–4:30pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Sketch in a Day Next Class: Oct 26, Friday, 9–4:30pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Web Development Level 1 Next Class: Nov 5–7, Mon–Wed, 9–4:30pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
UX Design Bootcamp Next Class: Nov 6–Dec 13, Tue & Thu, 6–9pm Duration: 30 Hours Price: $1495
Visual Design Bootcamp Next Class: Oct 29–31, Mon–Wed, 9–4:30pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Adobe After Effects CC Level 1 Next Class: Nov 26–28, Mon–Wed, 9–4:30pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Premiere Pro in a Day Next Class: Oct 19, Friday, 9–4:30pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325