Graphic Design: Web Design - Certificate

Graphic Design: Web Design - Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Web Design is intended to provide the necessary basic technical and creative skills for those planning to enter this growing field of visual communication. The program will prepare students for positions in the web design field such as entry level web designers, user experience designers, content developers, and information architects.

Other examples where students might find employment using their creative problem-solving and design skills might include website development, interaction design, and the creation of interactive media such as digital publications, marketing presentations, or interactive learning products. The students, by the end of the program, are expected to understand and apply the basic principles of visual communication as applied to Interactive and Web Design, along with the basic coding skills and software skills used in web design and related fields.

The certificate includes training in basic front-end coding. This program differs from the Web Development Certificate in its emphasis on the design and strategy aspects or web production, whereas the Web Development includes more training on back-end (server-side) coding. 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 able to identify, explain, and apply advanced design principles such as typography, color and layout to the creation and evaluation of web designs.
  • Students will be able to generate documents related to User Experience Design such as wireframes and personas.
  • Students will apply the technical concepts and best practices used in web design and development at an intermediate level.

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

Core Curriculumn Courses (Required):
Code Class Units
GDS 035 Beginning Graphic Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 045 Web Design with HTML and CSS (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 046 Web Design and Development 2 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 060 Page Layout and Typography 3
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design (1.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 2

Select one (1) course from the following. 

Code Class Units
GDS 047 Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 049 Wordpress and Content Management Systems (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 051 Mobile Application and Web Development With Web Standards (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3

Plus select additional courses required from the following to bring yoru total to a minimum of 24.0 units. Courses can not be repeated from the above list. 

Code Class Units
GDS 089 Javascript 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 062 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 047 Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 049 Wordpress and Content Management Systems (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 051 Mobile Application and Web Development With Web Standards (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 088A Introduction to Javascript for the Web (1.0 Lecture) 1
GDS 088B Intermediate Javascript for the Web (2.0 Lecture) 2
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
GDS 074 Digital Video Production With Final Cut Pro (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
CAP 092A Fundamentals of Web 2.0 & Cloud Technologies (2.0 Lecture) 2
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3
BUS 084 Internet Marketing (3.0 Lecture) 3
CIS 086 Web Development with PHP and MySQL (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3

GDS 047, GDS 049, GDS 051 my not be used as an elective to meet the requirements of the certificate if not already used as a Core Curriculum Course.

Units Required

Total Required Units 24.0 - 26.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: web design, user experience design, interaction design, web production, interface design, information architecture, visual design, application design, and mobile design.

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