Graphic Design for Non-designers

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

I really, really enjoyed this course. We often don't have a budget for graphic design (one-person shop), so it was very applicable and timely.
former course participant

Course Overview

Choosing your tool

Understand how to choose the best design tool for your needs.


Learn how to decide on a template and customize it for your needs.


Learn how to pick the right format and size for your needs.


Have you ever needed a social media graphic, or header, or a flyer, and it’s not quite worth the time or resources to go through a professional graphic designer?

Well-designed visual assets for communications are within reach for every size organization, thanks to readily available free or affordable tools. Learn the basics of how and when to use these tools to help tell your story.
You will learn how to save time and money as you design social media graphics, email headers, and even print graphics.
We will begin with an introduction to some common apps, templates, and examples of best practices. You will learn all the basic tools, functions, and exports to give you the right final product for your needs. We’ll also go through some shortcuts and secrets to make you feel like a pro.


Teresa Wang

Digital Strategy Consultant

Teresa Wang is the Communications Manager for SVPLA. She has also spent a fair amount of time as a digital communications consultant building websites, managing social media, executing email marketing campaigns, and building paid digital advertising campaigns, for a variety of nonprofit and small business clients. She specializes in nonprofits with progressive missions and messaging. Teresa co-founded Roots of Equality in the wake of Prop 8 and collaborated with other grassroots groups to organize actions, including protests, trainings, and an exhibit and book about queer Los Angeles.

Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate