Graphic Communication

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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
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.

Required Program:

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