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Graphic Design Advanced Production, Certificate of Specialization

Banner code: 2_CE_GDAP
Financial aid: Not eligible 

This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of graphic design. The focus is upon graphic design skills in page layout and design, visual communication and prepress for the reproduction process.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  • Web Designer
  • Animator
  • Corporate Designer
  • In-house Designer
  • Advertising Designer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Typography Designer
  • Illustrator

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Generate artwork utilizing advanced principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment.
  2. Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of advanced level digital art projects.
  3. Utilize software to generate advanced level digital art projects.

Certificate of Specialization Requirements

This certificate focuses on skill-based competency, so the student can quickly move into the workplace. Therefore, there is an emphasis on updating or learning newly emerging technologies. The coursework for the Certificate of Specialization must be under 18 units. This certificate is not approved by the State, there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation, and it is not recorded on a transcript. In order to earn a Certificate of Specialization, all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. Fifty percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
DART G152Digital Imaging II: Intermediate Photoshop3
DART G170Graphic Design Principles3
DART G174Introduction To Page Layout & Design - Adobe Indesign3
DART G177Graphic Design Principles On The Computer3
DART G179Prepress3
Total Units15

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general maps for students to finish all requirements for the Certificate. There may be advisories or time requirements that students may want to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
DART G170Graphic Design Principles3
DART G152Digital Imaging II: Intermediate Photoshop3
DART G174Introduction To Page Layout & Design - Adobe Indesign3
Units9
Course Title Units
Semester 2
DART G177Graphic Design Principles On The Computer3
DART G179Prepress3
Units6