Graphic Design

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

This program offers students a comprehensive study of graphic design for print and/or web medium using current technologies. The curriculum encompasses the full spectrum of design theory, process, tools, and techniques that students will need to be successful in the graphic design industry. Students will also experience working with clients and preparing final project files and materials for printing or distribution. Students who complete this certificate will be able to produce a variety of print and/or web design projects and possess a professional portfolio of their work.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities may be found in graphic design studios, publications, animation studios, in-house agencies, and self-employment or freelance work. This certificate will also prepare students for studies that may lead to transfer to four-year institutions, such as the design program at CSU, Sacramento, where a mastery of technology skills is required for entry.

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 print and Web projects.
  • 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 for print and/or Web.
  • communicate with the current and appropriate design industry vocabulary.
  • utilize design as a tool of engagement in issues of sustainability, social responsibility, economic equality, and cultural understanding.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.

Required Program:

DDSN 311 Digital Layout I

DDSN 331 Digital Imaging I

DDSN 341 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design I

DDSN 360 User Interface Design

DDSN 390 Professional Practice and Portfolio

A minimum of 9 units from the following:

DDSN 301 Graphic Design I

DDSN 302 Graphic Design II

DDSN 303 Typography I

DDSN 305 History of Graphic Design

DDSN 312 Digital Layout II

DDSN 332 Digital Imaging II

DDSN 333 Digital Imaging III

DDSN 342 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design II

DDSN 391 Design Studio I

DDSN 392 Design Studio II

DDSN 393 Design Studio III

Total Units: 24