Graphic Design - Certificate

Graphic Design - Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design provides opportunities for the student to develop fluency in contemporary graphic design issues and techniques. The emphasis of the program is on increasing the students creative problem-solving abilities along with an introduction to design techniques and principles to provide the basic skills necessary to enter many growing, professional fields. The student will also learn software skills used in the production of graphic design deliverables for clients. Opportunities exist in advertising, print publishing, web publishing, mobile and desktop application design, and corporate communication. This program has more training and units related to graphic design than the graphic arts programs emphasizes. The classes in the core requirements should be taken in the general order that they are listed.

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Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be proficient in creating graphic design deliverables.
  • Students will be proficient in current software packages used in graphic design production.
  • Students will produce communication materials for clients that are appropriate and effective.

To earn this certificate, students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better.

Core Curriculumn Courses (Required):
  • Students must take one of the: photoshop (064 or 068), drawing/2D (031A or 033A), illustrator (062 or 066), and Indesign (063 or 067) courses.
Code Class Units
GDS 035 Beginning Graphic Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 068 Advanced Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 062 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 063 Introduction to Adobe InDesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 067 Advanced Adobe Indesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 045 Web Design with HTML and CSS (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 060 Page Layout and Typography 3.0
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design (1.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 2.0

plus additional course(s) requrired from the following to bring your total to a minimum of 32.0 units. Courses may not be repeated from the above list.

Code Class Units
GDS 011 The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ART 031B Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033B Basic Design: Three-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 012 History of Photography (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 015 Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 073 Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 046 Web Design and Development 2 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 047 Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 080 Packaging Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 039A 3D Animation and Modeling Using Maya (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 074 Digital Video Production With Final Cut Pro (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 081 Motion Graphics With After Effects (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 068 Advanced Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 062 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 063 Introduction to Adobe InDesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 067 Advanced Adobe Indesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0

Units Required

  Units
Total Required Units 32.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: graphic design, commercial art production, packaging design, visual design, interaction design, interface design, advertising, print design, web production, mobile design, marketing communication, display design, brand identity, logo design, and photo editing.

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