Graphic Communication Contacts
Graphic Communication develops coursework in conjunction with Northern California industry leaders. Our courses offer students both current technology and theory in graphic design, digital imaging, digital illustration, and page layout skills for print, web, and other screen-based media, computer animation, 3D modeling, and video game design.
The Graphic Communication Department partners with industry leaders to develop coursework that blends solid theoretical training with the latest technical tools. Faculty members ensure student engagement with principles of typography, color theory, layout, form, visual message-making, interaction, motion, animation, and game design while preparing students for real-world employment or transfer to a four-year institution. Graphic Communication has been inspiring creative emergence and developing professional marketability for over three decades.
Career Opportunities may be found in graphic design studios, publications, animation studios, video game design studios, in-house agencies, and self-employment or freelance work.
Recommended High School Preparation
Students should complete courses in one or more of the following: art, design, computer skills, photography, journalism, and creative writing.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and application of design theory and processes for creating original work.
- evaluate design opportunities, explore visual responses, and introduce and explain final results to an audience.
- determine the appropriate tool to solve a visual communication need.
- apply appropriate type, color, form, and imagery to a visual project.
- plan, design, and produce a multi-paged/multifaceted project in one or more of these mediums—print, Web, interactive, 3D, animation, or video game.
- communicate with the current and appropriate design industry vocabulary.
- utilize design as tool of engagement in issues of sustainability, social responsibility, economic equality, and cultural understanding.
Associate in Science Degree
The Graphic Communication Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.
Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.
A minimum of 30 units from the following:
GCOM 101 Introduction to the Macintosh
GCOM 103 Introduction to Adobe Acrobat
GCOM 105 Photoshop Special Features
GCOM 313 Digital Layout I
GCOM 314 Digital Layout II
GCOM 319 Print and Multimedia Publication Design I
GCOM 320 Print and Multimedia Publication Design II
GCOM 321 Print and Multimedia Publication Design III
GCOM 330 Digital Imaging I
GCOM 331 Digital Imaging II
GCOM 332 Digital Imaging III
GCOM 340 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design I
GCOM 341 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design II
GCOM 343 Graphic Design I
GCOM 345 Graphic Design II
GCOM 347 Typography I
GCOM 349 Portfolio
GCOM 350 Skills and Resources for Graphic Professionals
GCOM 360 Introduction to Web and Interactive Technologies
GCOM 361 Beginning Creative Web Design
GCOM 362 Intermediate Creative Web Design
GCOM 380 Interactive Design I
(-or CISW 405)
GCOM 383 Interactive Design II
GCOM 390 Motion Design I
GCOM 400 Introduction to the Principles of Animation
GCOM 401 Introduction to Computer Animation
GCOM 402 Beginning 3D Modeling and Rigging
GCOM 410 Advanced Computer Animation
GCOM 420 Video Game Design
GCOM 424 Video Game Art
GCOM 426 Video Game Level Design
GCOM 490 Graphic Communication Studio I
GCOM 491 Graphic Communication Studio II
GCOM 493 Graphic Communication Studio III
GCOM 492 Media Professional – Production Lab
GCOM 495 Independent Studies in Graphic Communication
GCOM 498 Work Experience in Graphic Communication
Total Units Required: 30