Academic Catalogs

Graphic Design, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_DMAG
Control Number: 22385

This program presents a concentrated course of study in the field of digital media arts and design. Concept development and the generation of a portfolio suitable for job applications or transfer to a degree program is a major focus in each of the core courses.

Courses emphasize the process and problem-solving in conjunction with visual design issues. DMAD graphic design courses provide broad-based entry level training for a variety of graphic design industries. Students are introduced to a broad range of media, including branding, publications, posters, print advertisements, website graphics, billboards and product packaging, as well as strategies and the techniques required to incorporate these areas into print and online.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, typography as they relate in the various design media utilizing industry standard graphics software.
  2. Apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgment to demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and develop probable graphic design solutions.
  3. Develop an original, innovative and articulate body of graphic design work for a professional portfolio for the purpose of gaining employment and/or acceptance to an Art College or University.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ART A110 Color and Design: Two-Dimensional 3
DMAD A117 Rapid Illustration Techniques 3
DMAD A151 History of Graphic Design 3
DMAD A181 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
 Units12
Semester 2
ART A175 Screen Process Printing 1 3
DMAD A115 Typography I 3
DMAD A190 Illustrator for Design 3
DMAD A193 Photoshop for Design 3
 Units12
Year 2
Semester 1
DMAD A116 Typography II 3
DMAD A182 Graphic Design 3
 Units6
Semester 2
ART A180
Professional Studies
or Studio Internship
2-2.5
DMAD A183 InDesign for Design 3
DMAD A288 Digital Portfolio Development 3
 Units8-8.5
 Total Units38-38.5