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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. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for entry-level work in graphic design and may be prepared for employment as a: 1. Graphic Production assistant 2. Front end visual designer 3. Graphic Artist 4. Content producer for social media and blogging platforms 5. Digital asset manager

Required Core Courses (31 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH051Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching3 units
DIGM001The Creative Suite for Graphic Designers3 units
DIGM002Introduction to Electronic Communication3 units
DIGM003Introduction to Graphic Design3 units
DIGM004Principles of Design4 units
DIGM011Blogs and Site Development: WordPress1 unit
DIGM014CDigital Illustration: Illustrator4 units
DIGM022ADigital Video 14 units
DIGM086Portfolio Development3 units
DIGM099Introduction to Typography3 units

Total Certificate Units: 31 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” 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 10/14/22