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Graphic Design, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_DMAG

Control Number: 22385

Financial Aid Eligible

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 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.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ART A110Color and Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART A180Professional Studies2-2.5
or DMAD A202 Studio Internship Prep
DMAD A115Typography I3
DMAD A116Typography II3
DMAD A117Rapid Illustration Techniques3
DMAD A151History of Graphic Design3
DMAD A181Introduction to Computer Graphics3
DMAD A182Graphic Design3
DMAD A183InDesign for Design3
DMAD A190Illustrator for Design3
DMAD A193Photoshop for Design3
DMAD A200Designing for the Web3
or DMAD A280 2D Animation
or ART A170 Printmaking 1
or ART A175 Screen Process Printing 1
DMAD A288Digital Portfolio Development3
Total Units38-38.5

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

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
Semester 2
DMAD A115 Typography I 3
DMAD A190 Illustrator for Design 3
DMAD A193 Photoshop for Design 3
Year 2
Semester 1
DMAD A116 Typography II 3
DMAD A182 Graphic Design 3
Designing for the Web
or 2D Animation
or Printmaking 1
or Screen Process Printing 1
Semester 2
ART A180
Professional Studies
or Studio Internship Prep
DMAD A183 InDesign for Design 3
DMAD A288 Digital Portfolio Development 3
 Total Units38-38.5