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Graphic Design: Digital Illustration - Certificate

Graphic Design: Digital Illustration - Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Digital Illustration provides the basic skills for students interested in the field of digital illustration. Graduates of the program might seek employment as medical, book, magazine, or newspaper illustrators, create illustrative work for training, and promotion in a corporate environment, or create digital illustrations for digital media projects and/or the web. Students learn technical and creative skills used in the creation of illustrations using both raster based and vector based software tools, while working on projects such as product illustrations. Many illustrators work as freelancers, and this is a competitive field which requires skill, drive, and talent to succeed. 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 identify and apply the fundamentals of vector art creation and manipulation.
  • Students will create technical product illustrations using both the vector and raster tools in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Students will create original illustrations using a combination of Illustrator's creative tools, including various free-form drawing tools.

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

Required Core Curriculumn Courses:
Choose one:
Code Class Units
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031B Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
plus one from the following:
Code Class Units
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
plus one from the following:
Code Class Units
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
plus the following two courses:
Code Class Units
GDS 068 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design Career Preparation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 2.0
Select an additional course (not already completed above) from the following:
Code Class Units
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031B Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 034B Advanced Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 035 Graphic Design I (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 039A 3D Animation and Modeling (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 073 Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0

Units Required

  Units
Total Required Units 17.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: illustration, graphic arts production, advertising, web production, and fine art.