Tom Cappelletti

Tom Cappelletti


phone: 916-558-2312
office: COS-109

2018 Office Hours:
(by appointment only)

Please note: I’m currently not teaching any GCOM courses as I’m leading the development of the SCC Makerspace as Project Director. Along with fellow faculty, staff, and students, we’re creating a space that will provide a catalyst for change for our students pursuing careers in the 21st Century.

Master’s in Education Technology (iMet)
California State University, Sacramento
Focusing on instructional design and emergent pedagogies

BA in Design

University of California, Los Angeles
Emphasis in Product Design, Prototyping, and Graphic Design

Program Areas:
Design Thinking
Digital Imaging
Web Media

GCOM 305: History of Graphic Design
GCOM 330: Digital Imaging I
GCOM 331: Digital Imaging II
GCOM 347: Typography I

For thirty years, Tom Cappelletti has been in the design business. A graduate of UCLA’s Department of Design, he was fortunate to study under noted designers Don ChadwickJohn and Marilyn NeuhartBill BrownNathan Shapira, and Ron Rezek. He went on to serve four years as a U.S. Coast Guard Officer, principally as a Public Affairs Officer at the Western Command in Alameda, California. After serving honorably for four years, and receiving the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for his professional achievement and leadership while active-duty, he departed the military and became one of the first employees for Joe Boxer in San Francisco.

He worked several years in art departments in the film industry in LA, then, with his sister, Sandy, designed greeting cards and wall décor, primarily for Papyrus, Pier 1, Smith & Hawken, and Target and ran Cappelletti Studio for 10 years.

Tom spent several years as an educational trainer for Apple in New York, teaching software classes and seminars to employees and the public around the country. He has developed curriculum and courses for consumer-level software applications for Apple and third-party vendors.

Tom is a native Northern Californian from Napa. He took Graphic Communication courses here at SCC in 1999 and 2000 from both Robyn Waxman and Carl Winther. Tom has been a GCOM professor since 2006.