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Graphic Design

Previously Visual Arts - Graphic Design

The degree or certificate is focused on the develop core competencies in several areas including visual communication, critical thinking, foundational design principles, user experience design, user interface design, use of industry compliant hardware and software, and the role of personal responsibility within continual professional development. Strong emphasis is placed on the creation of a portfolio to demonstrate the same core competencies stressed throughout the curriculum. Students are prepared to seek employment in the advertising/graphic design industry as entry-level production designers or junior graphic designers. The Degree also prepares students to enter four year graphic design programs as earn four year degrees such as a BFA in Graphic Design, a BA in Graphic Design, and Communication Design. Students must complete all required courses for a minimum of 30 units. Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program, students will be able to continually develop curriculum incorporating the critical elements of Graphic Design; continually develop curriculum incorporating the industry standard technical elements of Graphic Design; and demonstrate articulation with surrounding 4 year institutions and with the local Graphic Design Community.

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PREREQUISITE COURSES REQUIRED COURSES FOR CERTIFICATE UNITS

ART 132 Typography
3
  ART 133 Digital Illustration 3
ART 132 or equivalent (ART 132 may be taken concurrently)
ART 134 Graphic Design Foundations 3
ART 132  or equivalent
ART 135 Digital Publication Design
3
ART 135 or equivalent (ART 135 may be taken concurrently) ART 136 Graphic Design Identity and Logo Development 3
ART 136 or equivalent (ART 136 may be taken concurrently) ART 137 Graphic Design Portfolio 3
  ART 250 Web Graphics 3
ART 250 or equivalent (ART 250 may be taken concurrently) ART 251 Web and Mobil Layout
3
ART 250 or equivalent (ART 250 may be taken concurrently ART 255 Web Motion Graphics
3
  PHOTO160 Photoshop 3
  TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 30
NOTE: ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK MIGHT BE REQUIRED IF PREREQUISITES ARE NOT MET.  SEE A COUNSELOR TO PREPARE A STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PLAN.
August 2019
GCC Catalog 2019-2020

Important Notice: In the event of a discrepancy between the information presented above and the online and/or print versions of the GCC Catalog, please contact a counselor or the office of Admissions and Records. For previous years requirements please see the catalog from that year.