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Graphic Design: Graphic Arts - Certificate

Graphic Design: Graphic Arts - Certificate

The pace and volume of content production continues to accelerate. This increasing demand for content promises to keep the graphic arts field expanding with a wealth of career and creative opportunities, both in the print field as well as in digital media. Opportunities range from electronic page layout, illustration, visual asset production, print production, image manipulation, and presswork, as well as production for the web and interactive media.

This program emphasizes training in principles and techniques used in graphic art production for print and digital media, and students completing the program will be fluent in industry-standard software.

This program differs from our graphic design programs in that it emphasizes software training while requiring fewer units of design-focused classes. However, graphic design principles are addressed in the core classes in this program. 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 become proficient in software used in the print production environment and produce a long form project that is suitable for publication.
  • Students will learn production techniques required in the production of digital media.
  • Students will create original illustrations using Illustrator's creative tools.

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 062 Introduction to 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 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 067 Advanced Adobe Indesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 068 Advanced Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design (1.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 2.0

plus an additional course(s) required from the following for a minimum of 23 units

Code Class Units
GDS 035 Beginning Graphic Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 060 Page Layout and Typography 3.0
GDS 011 The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 045 Web Design and Development 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
CAP 046D Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
CAP 046E Intermediate Microsoft Powerpoint (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
GDS 056 Advanced Presentation Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033C Basic Design: Color (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
 
GDS 015 Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

Units Required

  Units
Total Required Units 23.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: commercial art, print production, web production, graphic arts production, as well as print and electronic publishing.