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Graphic Design

The courses required in this certificate provide the foundational skills needed to create effective Graphic Design solutions. Print and digital graphic design solutions require the designer to be versed in the manipulation of visual imagery, the use of typography as well as the Principles and Elements of design. Research and development of both the client and audience are also essential components in creating effective graphic design solution concepts.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
GDSN 110 - History of Graphic DesignM3.0
GDSN 110 - History of Graphic Design (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey of historical developments in graphic design from the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Age. Students will analyze the development of graphic design, its origins as a CTE area and the influences of political, social and economic climates of the different historical periods. This course provides a historical framework for analysis of current and future trends in graphic design and explores various historical art and design movements in order to recognize and evaluate the contexts of fine art, design, and science.

GDSN 150 - TypographyM3.0
GDSN 150 - Typography (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 022 or appropriate placement; NVOC 285, ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is for the student interested in the history, theory and practice of Typography as it applies to graphic design, advertising and other areas of design and visual communication. Students will learn and practice hand-rendered and mechanical aspects of Typography and how Typography attracts, informs, educates, inspires and creates retaining impressions and modifies human actions and behavior. Through discussions, exercises, and projects, students will develop an understanding leading to the clearer interpretations of Typography and it's role in human history, communication, design and art. Activities include the history and principles of typography, letter structure, typeface selection, fundamentals of typesetting and introductory typographic layout.

GDSN 162 - Introduction to Web Design: User Experience Design (UX)M3.0
GDSN 162 - Introduction to Web Design: User Experience Design (UX) (3.0 units)

Advisory:NVOC 285; READ 022 or appropriate placement; ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This introductory Web Design class is a practical introduction for students interested in UX (user experience) and visual interface design and the challenges it poses for the Graphic Designer. Using Web Design applications (like Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop), students are introduced to the steps involved in creating a basic functional interactive website. Topics include aesthetic design considerations, front-end technology, interaction, UX, UI and CSS design, file optimization, and website principles and practices. For the student interested in a degree or certificate in Graphic Design and those interested in web design and interactive design.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
2nd Semester
GDSN 164 - Digital Illustration DesignM3.0
GDSN 164 - Digital Illustration Design (3.0 units)

Advisory:NVOC 285;READ 022 or appropriate placement; ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This introductory course is an introduction to Graphic Design and uses vector software (Adobe Illustrator) as the principal digital tool. Topics include the Principles and Elements of Design, typography, color, shape stroke, illustration techniques, page layout design, as well as introductory critical concepts and professional practices employed by Graphic Designers. This course includes exercises, projects and portfolio building with an emphasis on professional standards. This course is for the student interested in a degree or certificate in Graphic Design and those interested in 2-dimensional design and layout applications employed as tools by Graphic Designers.

GDSN 172 - Publication DesignM3.0
GDSN 172 - Publication Design (3.0 units)

Advisory:NVOC,285; READ 022 or appropriate placement; ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This introductory course is an exploration of Publication Design, a sub-discipline of Graphic Design and uses page-layout software (Adobe InDesign) as the principal digital tool. Topics include the Principles and Elements of Design, page composition, creative use of typography, color, imagery and the grid, discussion of output and pre-press considerations for print and digital distribution as well as current methods/styles critical concepts and professional practices employed by Graphic Designers. This course includes portfolio building with an emphasis on professional standards.

GDSN 178 - Digital Imaging DesignM3.0
GDSN 178 - Digital Imaging Design (3.0 units)

Advisory: NART 285; READ 043 or appropriate assessment; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This introductory graphic design course uses bitmap software as the principal digital tool. Topics include the principles and elements of design, typography, color, photo/raster/bitmapped-based scanning, vector graphic integration, time-based design, image formats, optimization, re-touching, adjustments, compositing, blending, color, conceptual, narrative and time-based techniques, technical and creative methods and styles employed by graphic designers as well as well as introductory critical concepts and professional practices. This course includes exercises, projects, and portfolio building with an emphasis on professional standards. This course is for the student interested in obtaining a degree or certificate in graphic design, transfer, and those seeking to pursue a career in graphic design or related professions.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Graphic Design COA program 18.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

When completing a graphic design project, students will be able to demonstrate efficiency in the visual vocabulary and technical skills relevant to graphic design.


2

When assigned a graphic design project, students will demonstrate an understanding of the design process through research, ideation, development, and presentation of graphic design.


3

When considering the context of a graphic design solution, students will understand the cultural, social, and economic environment in which their ideas, products, and strategic solutions apply.


4

When evaluating graphic design, students will be able to demonstrate through critiques, discussions, and coursework the principles and elements of design.


5

When creating a portfolio of graphic design work, students will apply professional awareness, and understand the physical preparation needed to enter the graphic design workspace.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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