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Graphic Design

Certificate of Achievement

The Graphic Design Certificate provides the opportunity for students to develop their creative potential, explore design areas, learn foundational design principles and processes, and discover career opportunities in graphic design and related design fields. The courses offered in the program balance the basic and vital aspects of graphic design and how they are applied in the field with a grounding dose of historical context so students can appreciate the role graphic design has played over the course of time. The Graphic Design program focuses on conceptual and creative thinking, visual storytelling, and emphasizes the acquisition of technical skills so students can plan and execute the design of visual communications. Some attention is given to how various media and platforms require specific approaches. The program emphasizes design exploration in print, web, and video. It encourages creative problem solving by focusing on critical thinking and process-oriented design explorations. Upon successful completion of the program, entry-level career opportunities exist in graphic and/or front-end visual design, graphic production, content production for social media and blog development, and emerging positions that deal with managing digital assets. Students also have foundation skills to transfer to four-year graphic design programs or related fields. Upon completing the program students have realized a portfolio of design work tailored to each individuals’ needs. Students are prepared for entry-level work in graphic design and may be prepared for employment as a: Graphic Production Assistant, Front-end Visual Designer, Graphic Artist, Content Producer for social media and blogging platforms, Digital Asset Manager, Graphic Designer, Marketing Content Development, and UI Designer.

Major Core Requirements (19 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARTS031ABeginning Drawing 3 units
GDES001Adobe Creative Apps for Graphic Design3 units
GDES002History of Media and Communication3 units
GDES003Introduction to Graphic Design3 units
GDES009Introduction to Typography3 units
GDES011Blogs and Site Development: WordPress1 unit
GDES025Portfolio Development3 units

Major Electives (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARTS033ATwo-Dimensional Design3 units
GDES004Visual Design Practice4 units
GDES007Digital Illustration: Illustrator4 units
GDES008Photoshop for Designers3 units
GDES012AIntroduction to Internet Marketing1 unit
GDES012BSocial Media Marketing1 unit

Total Certificate Units: 25 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Plan, develop, design, and pitch graphic design solutions to a client.
  • Iterate and prepare designs and digital assets for client and publishing needs.
  • Communicate effectively to a specific audience using appropriate color strategies, layout, and typographic solutions.
  • Utilize the design process in order to realize a design project.
  • Be proficient in a range of graphic applications and software, and the various platforms necessary for producing ‘on message’ graphic design solutions.
  • Edit and manage a range of digital assets specific to the parameters of a given project.
Last Updated 7/19/23