The Digital Publishing Certificate of Proficiency

The Digital Publishing certificate prepares students to create graphics and design layouts for a variety of digital publishing formats such as commercial printing, interactive documents and ePublications. Students begin study with theory courses and progress to learn software tools associated with vector and raster graphic creation, page layout, prepress, and digital publishing methods.

Students seeking web and mobile design and coding skills should pursue the Digital Design AAS-T degree program or the Web and Mobile Design Certificate of Proficiency. 

 Digital Publishing certificate graduates will:

  • Be prepared for entry-level jobs as graphic designers or production artists in print or digital publishing
  • Create, edit, and integrate a variety of high quality vector and raster graphics within single and multiple page-layout projects for print or tablet
  • Prepare project deliverables for commercially printed materials, interactive documents, and ePublications
  • Create effective solutions to design challenges using the elements and principles of design
  • Effectively use type in print-based and screen-based publications
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the class schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.


Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

 Program Requirements

ART 102 Beginning Two-Dimensional Design 5
ART 252 Advanced Two-Dimensional Design 4
MMDP 117 Typography I 4
MMDP 121 Vector Illustration 1 with Illustrator 4
MMDP 122 Image Editing 1 with Photoshop 4
MMDP 126 Page Layout 1 with InDesign 4
MMDP 146 Page Layout 2 with InDesign 4
MMDP 153 Intro to Web & Mobile Design 5
MMDP 154 Electronic Publishing with Acrobat 5
MMDP 158 Prepress and Digital Publishing 4
MMDP 168 Introduction to Content Management Systems 4

Academic Core Requirements - 15 Credits

Written Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits71

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Technical Electives - 4 Credits

Technical Electives may be taken from MMDP or ART areas.

Recommended Electives

ART 121 Introduction to Drawing 5
MMDP 128 Digital Photography 4
MMDP 141 Vector Illustration 2 with Illustrator 4
MMDP 142 Image Editing 2 with Photoshop 4
MMDP 170 Motion Graphics with AfterEffects 5
MMDP 297 Multimedia Internship 4