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Graphic Design and Production Option, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CT_DART
Control number: 21355
Financial aid: Eligible 

The Digital Arts program prepares students for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of applied exercises in advertising thinking, visual communication, graphic design, illustration, and preparation of art for reproduction. Starting this academic year, some of the courses from Digital Arts have been merged with Recording Arts and Broadcast Video to create the new Digital Media program. This exciting new program will train students with the best of multimedia design concepts, tools, and projects to integrate video, audio, and graphics. Please see the Digital Media section in this catalog for details. This option will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in lettering, applied design, photography, and reproduction processes. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising thinking, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  • Graphic Design Illustration

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 Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ART G115Typography3
DART G103Digital 2D Design3
DART G135Digital Illustration: Adobe Illustrator3
DART G150Digital Image Editing I: Beginning Photoshop3
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
DART G222Digital Imaging3
Total Units30

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
ART G115Typography3
DART G135Digital Illustration: Adobe Illustrator3
Units9
Course Title Units
Semester 2
DART G103Digital 2D Design3
DART G150Digital Image Editing I: Beginning Photoshop3
DART G152Digital Imaging II: Intermediate Photoshop3
DART G177Graphic Design Principles On The Computer3
Units12

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
DART G174Introduction To Page Layout & Design - Adobe Indesign3
DART G179Prepress3
DART G222Digital Imaging3
Units9