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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!

Earn a Graphic Design Certificate

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

The Graphic Design Certificate program includes 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.
Learn more: Graphic Design Certificate

Learn Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading page design and layout application, used to create and publish books, ads, magazines, and more.

Learn Adobe InDesign in these classes:

  • Adobe InDesign in a Day: This 6-hour class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of InDesign: text, pictures, and pages. To learn InDesign in greater depth, take the InDesign Bootcamp.
  • Adobe InDesign Bootcamp: This 18-hour class is designed to teach you InDesign thoroughly. You’ll learn about text, pictures, paragraph and character styles, master pages, baseline grid, hyphenation, libraries, and much more.

Learn Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an essential app that designers and photographers use to enhance their photos and graphics, design website interfaces, and create animations.

Learn Adobe Photoshop in these classes:

  • Adobe Photoshop in a Day: This 6-hour class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of Photoshop: retouch photos, improve contrast and color, save files for print or web, and more. To learn Photoshop in greater depth, take the Photoshop Bootcamp.
  • Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp: This 18-hour class is designed teach you a variety of features: retouching and color correcting photos, creating graphics, using layers, masks, paths, filters, type, and more.
  • Photoshop Advanced Retouching: Improve the quality (and speed) of your Photoshop work. You’ll learn about retouching, complex selections, color correction, color accuracy for print/web output, and more.

Learn Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard for creating vector graphics. Learn to create numerous graphics including logos, patterns, and packaging in Noble Desktop’s hands-on Illustrator classes & bootcamps.

Learn Adobe Illustrator in these classes:

  • Adobe Illustrator in a Day: This 6-hour class is designed to get you up and running quickly with the fundamentals of Illustrator: the Pen tool, shapes, and basic drawing. To learn Illustrator in greater depth, take the Illustrator Bootcamp.
  • Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp: This 18-hour class is designed to teach you Illustrator thoroughly. You’ll create numerous graphics, using the standard drawing tools, the Pen tool, type, compound paths, effects, layers, masks, patterns, blends, and more.

Learn Graphic Design Theory & Build a Portfolio

In the Graphic Design Fundamentals class you learn about graphic design principles and start building your portfolio.

  • Learn graphic design theory: Broaden your understanding of graphic design concepts and processes, both formal and conceptual.
  • Create a graphic design portfolio: Produce several portfolio projects, including logos, social media graphics, stationery, book/eBook covers, album covers, event posters, and emails.
  • Critiquing design: Learn how to speak about your work and how to incorporate and evaluate critiques.
Learn more: Graphic Design Fundamentals

Graphic Design 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

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 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

Course

Next Class

Duration

Price

Graphic Design Certificate Next Class: Mar 25–May 22 Duration: 72 Hours Price: $2995
Visual Design Certificate Next Class: Jan 23–Apr 12 Duration: 90 Hours Price: $3800
InDesign in a Day Next Class: Nov 2, Friday, 9–4:30pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Adobe InDesign Bootcamp Next Class: Jan 14–16, Mon–Wed, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Photoshop in a Day Next Class: Oct 18, Thursday, 9–4:30pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp Next Class: Jan 23–25, Wed–Fri, 10–5pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Illustrator in a Day Next Class: Oct 29, Monday, 9–4:30pm Duration: 6 Hours Price: $325
Adobe Illustrator Bootcamp Next Class: Oct 29–31, Mon–Wed, 9–4:30pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975
Graphic Design Fundamentals Next Class: Jan 9–Feb 13, Wednesday, 6–9pm Duration: 18 Hours Price: $975