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Villa Maria Launches Graphic Design Certificate Programs; Offers Discounted Pricing to AAF Buffalo Members 

Villa Maria College has launched three new certificate programs to help advertising and marketing professionals increase their practical skill set and advance their careers. Building on the strength of the Villa Maria’s award-winning Graphic Design program, the College is now offering certificate programs in copywriting, motion design, and design for marketers. 

Taught by local industry experts, these certificate programs were created to help designers, writers, and any type of marketing professional build upon their existing skills, making them more effective and in-demand.  

Villa Maria has partnered with AAF Buffalo, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation and the nation’s oldest and most recognized organization in the advertising industry. All current AAF Buffalo members will be eligible to complete the certificate programs for $350 per course – a 30% discount off the full price of $500 per course. 

Copywriting taught by White Bike’s Brian Grunert and Meagan Walker Doxtad 

Villa Maria’s Copywriting Certificate Program is a four-week course that is professionally designed and delivered to cover various aspects of copywriting for clients, publicity, and advertising. A combination of instruction and hands-on workshops will prepare participants for a thorough perspective of copywriting for greater efficacy as a targeted writer.  

Course dates: Early Fall 2022 — exact dates to be determined.

To learn more about the Copywriting Certificate Program or to enroll, please visit 

Design for Marketers taught by AAF Board Member Noah Herman 

Villa Maria’s Design for Marketers Certificate Program is a four-week course that will put you in an excellent position to create differentiated visual communication with a designer’s edge over the competition. During this course, you’ll have the opportunity to work with award-winning professionals in the WNY advertising industry as you gain valuable insight on the added value of effective design. 

Course dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3

To learn more about the Design for Marketers Certificate Program or to enroll, please visit 

Motion Design taught by Fisher-Price’s Dilan Chrysafides 

Villa Maria’s Motion Design Certificate Program is a four-week course that will cover targeted topics in the art of motion design. Upon completion of the course, participants can expect to have a thorough understanding of the various motion design techniques used in the film, advertising and television industries as well as a solid foundation to create visually stunning and powerful time-based motion design effects. 

Course dates: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

To learn more about the Motion Design Certificate Program or to enroll, please visit 

All three courses are delivered face-to-face on Villa’s campus in state-of-the-art computer labs. Each week, students will experience approximately 2 hours of instructor lead mini-lectures, demonstrations, plus an additional 2 hours of hands-on lab exercises. Classes are scheduled to begin in July. 

To learn more about the rest of Villa Maria’s certificate programs, please visit