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CONTACT FOR THIS PROGRAM:

timothy.buckles@gcccd.edu

phone: (619) 660-4380

TOTAL UNITS

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded when students have completed 34-37 units of Graphic Design Department classes:

27 units of Graphics Department Core Requirements

7-10 units of Graphics Department Electives


 

A Certificate of Specialization is awarded when students have completed

15 units of Graphics Department Electives in one of the two areas of specialization.


 

An Associate of Science Degree is awarded when students have completed:

• All General Education Requirements

27 units of Graphics Department Core Requirements

7-10 units of Graphics Department Electives

 

Graphic Design

REQUIREMENTS for Degree / Certificate

Students in this degree program develop entry level skills in design aesthetics, typography, illustration, digital imaging, page layout, web design and professional business practices.

The course work provides training with state of the art computer hardware and software used in the graphic design profession.

Students develop a professional portfolio for job interviews.



The following Cuyamaca and Grossmont College courses are considered similar enough to be treated as equivalent. Modification of Major forms are not required.

  Cuyamaca Course     Grossmont Course
  GD 222 =   CSIS 137


Review the Cuyamaca catalog class descriptions and the Degrees/Certificates PDFs for additional details.



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TWO YEAR CERTIFICATE
UNITS


This program is designed for a TWO-YEAR degree or certificate.

Students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree should refer to the
“Art–Graphic Design (Transfer)” degree in the printed catalog.

Students should also consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements.

Required core classes
UNITS
Course Name Units
ART-124 Drawing I 3
CIS 211 Introduction to Web Development 3
GD 105 Fundamentals Of Digital Media 3
GD 110 Graphic Design Principles 3
GD-125 Typography 3
GD-126 Photoshop Digital Imaging 3
GD-129 Page Layout 3
GD-130 Professional Business Practices 3
GD-225 Digital Illustration 3

 

Electives
UNITS

Select THREE of the following:

Course Name Units
ART 230 Figure Drawing I 3
GD-210 Professional Digital Photography I 3
GD-211 Professional Digital Photography II 3
GD-217 Web Graphics 3
GD-222 Flash Web Animation 3
GD-223 Advanced Flash Web Animation 3
GD-230 Graphic Design Work Experience 1-4

Students who complete the courses required for the major qualify for a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design.

CERTIFICATES OF SPECIALIZATION

These certificates offer specific training either for entry-level positions or to augment related programs such as Web Development or Graphic Design. They are designed to demonstrate a relatively narrow expertise or skill area that may be used to attain a graphic design “niche” job.

Students who complete the requirements below qualify for a certificate in that area of emphasis. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.

I. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Certificate Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Create photographic images applying the principles of design.
  • Evaluate the aesthetic qualities and criticize works of photography.
  • Demonstrate the use of digital cameras and scanners.
Course Name Units
GD 110 Graphic Design Principles 3
GD-126 Photoshop Digital Imaging 3
GD-130 Professional Business Practices 3
GD-210 Professional Digital Photography I 3
GD-211 Professional Digital Photography II 3

 

II. WEB GRAPHICS

Certificate Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Create graphic images in the proper formats for use on the web.
  • Develop web pages using proper typographic treatment and navigational devices.
Course Name Units
CIS 211 Introduction to Web Development 3
GD 110 Graphic Design Principles 3
GD-210 Professional Digital Photography I 3
GD-217 Web Graphics 3
GD-222 Flash Web Animation 3
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General Education Requirements

To earn your AA or AS degree, or to move on to higher education, you must also complete the General Education Requirements.  Because there are occasional updates, check with a counselor for the most current information.

Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  August 20, 2012
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