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Graphic Design School NYC

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 areas of graphic design: from design theory, to graphic design apps such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

You can learn design skills in one-day intro classes, more in-depth courses, or complete certificate programs. Learn more below to find what’s right for you!


Learn Graphic Design in a Hands-On Class

Graphic Design Fundamentals

Feb 22–Mar 29, 10–1pm $975

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Learn the fundamentals of graphic design as you design and produce real-world projects. Broaden your understand of graphic design concepts, understand the elements of design, and expand your portfolio in this hands-on graphic design course.

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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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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 InDesign Bootcamp

Mar 25–27, 10–5pm $975

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Learn how to use InDesign in this 18-hour comprehensive class. You’ll start with styling text and adding photos. You’ll then learn to create colors, add multiple pages, and thread text frames. By the end of the training, you’ll understand how to create page layouts for books, magazines, ads and more. You'll also be able to package your files to send them to be printed, and generate PDFs for print or web.

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Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp

Mar 18–Apr 3, 6–9pm $975

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From logos to patterns, from packaging to type, we’ll teach you lots of what Illustrator can do. You’ll create numerous graphics in class, using the standard drawing tools, the Pen tool, type, compound paths, effects, layers, masks, patterns, blends, colors, and more! We’ll help you to learn how to master the Pen tool, as well as show you ways to easily create complex shapes out of easy to draw basic components. In the end you’ll be able to use these graphics and techniques on any graphic, whether it’s for print or web.

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Earn a Graphic Design Certificate

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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Visual Design Certificate

Apr 1–May 22, 10am–5pm $3800

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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.

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UX & UI Design Certificate

Feb 25–May 1, 6–9pm $2495

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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.

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“Great class. Coming from a development background with knowledge of Sketch and some basic graphic design concepts, I was able to relate to Dan's helpful and insightful feedback while working through the class website project. He provided suggestions covering a wide range of design elements - content, gestalt principles, typography, color, photo elements, the overall feel, etc.”

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Learn at NYC’s Top School for Graphic Design

Learn fundamental design principles and apply your knowledge using tools such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Sketch.

Design websites, build magazine layouts, create vector graphics, animate engaging content for the web, edit video. Pick up all of these skills in our introductory courses and comprehensive bootcamps in New York City. You’ll learn hands-on with real-world projects in our classes, available full-time on weekdays, or part-time on weeknights or Saturdays.

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Adobe Apps: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, & More

Adobe apps are the workhorses in a designer’s toolbox. Use Adobe apps to edit & retouch photos, create vector illustrations, build magazine layouts, animate & edit video content, design web layouts, and so much more. A solid foundation in Adobe is essential for any creative work.

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Graphic Design Theory & Portfolio Development

Effective designers have a solid grasp of fundamental design principles like hierarchy, contrast, and balance. We teach all that and more in Graphic Design Fundamentals. You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in design critiques and develop your portfolio.

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Visual and UI Design

Visual Designers focus on the look and feel of digital products such as websites and apps, creating mockups in Sketch, Adobe XD, or Photoshop. Visual designers are sometimes called UI designers (user interface designers) and often work closely with UX designers.

Learn visual design in your Visual Design Bootcamp or earn a certification in UX / UI Design in our 60-hour New York-licensed certificate program.

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Video, Animation, and Motion Graphics

With the rapid increase of video and animated content on the web, designers are increasingly expected to know how to edit video and create animations. Web designers are asked incorporate interactive animations into websites to enhance the user experience.

Learn interactive web animation with GreenSock and develop video editing skills with Adobe Premiere Pro. Add motion design & animation to your skill set with After Effects classes.

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Project-Based Learning

Because of our small class sizes, you’ll receive individual support when you need help. You’ll be working hands-on from day one in any of our programs. At each class, you’ll receive a custom training manual developed by our team of instructional experts.

Jonathan, a recent graduate, says, “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.”

Our Supportive Learning Community

We’re excited to welcome you to our learning community at our main campus in New York City. Dan Rodney, Director and Head of Curriculum at Noble says, “At Noble, we foster a community of web designers who continue to learn new skills as the industry changes and evolves. We consistently review our materials to ensure our graduates leave with the most in-demand skills.”

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.

NYC’s Best Graphic Design Classes

From step-by-step training workbooks to a “learn then practice” teaching style, Noble Desktop’s Graphic 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 can’t overestimate the value of this course. With the personalized, hands-on training and step-by-step guide, I gained a much-needed proficiency with InDesign’s core features. From creating brochures to books, these “real world” projects gave me the tools to advance my professional career. Very comprehensive and expertly delivered by the instructor!”

    Jennifer Edwards

    Attended our Adobe InDesign Bootcamp

  • “Graphic Design Fundamentals is a great class for new or experienced designers. Alfred gives a perfect synopsis of graphic design history, influential graphic designers and great creative examples. I left the class with exciting new portfolio pieces and I highly recommend this class.”

    Victoria Greiss

    Attended the Graphic Design Fundamentals class

  • “I was worried coming into the class about being left behind in the instruction as design classes tend to be fast paced. The instructor, Michele, was extremely personable and patient; I especially liked the comfortable atmosphere of the classroom, and the overall flow of the class was very organized and professional. Clean presentation, great work materials.”

    Charles Mott

    Learned to retouch photos and more in our Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp

  • “From now on, when I think of ‘creative/graphics’ training, I’ll think of Noble. I loved the patience, knowledge, and professionalism of the instructor. I learned so much I feel I can now teach it :) Can’t wait for my future classes.”

    Dani Weiden

    Attended the Graphic Design Fundamentals class

  • “Great class. Coming from a development background with knowledge of Sketch and some basic graphic design concepts, I was able to relate to Dan's helpful and insightful feedback while working through the class website project. He provided suggestions covering a wide range of design elements - content, gestalt principles, typography, color, photo elements, the overall feel, etc.”

    Harteg Wariyar

    Learned UI Design in our Visual Design Bootcamp

  • “I absolutely loved this class! I had no Illustrator experience going in and now I feel like an Illustrator ninja. Ethan, the instructor, moved quickly enough for those of us already experienced with other Adobe products, but explained everything so clearly that I think even a straight-up beginner would be able to follow along with no problems.”

    Michelle Failing

    Learned to create graphics in our Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp

Upcoming Graphic Design Courses in NYC


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Graphic Design Certificate Next Class: Mar 25–May 22 Duration: 72 Hours Price: $2995
Visual Design Certificate Next Class: Apr 1–May 22 Duration: 90 Hours Price: $3800
InDesign in a Day Next Class: Mar 25, Monday, 10–5pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Adobe InDesign Bootcamp Next Class: Mar 25–27, Mon–Wed, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Photoshop in a Day Next Class: Feb 25–27, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp Next Class: Feb 25–Mar 13, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Illustrator in a Day Next Class: Mar 18–20, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp Next Class: Mar 18–Apr 3, Mon & Wed, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Graphic Design Fundamentals Next Class: Feb 22–Mar 29, Friday, 10–1pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975