Graphic Design (CP)

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The Graphic Design Certificate prepares students to conceptualize ideas, create original artwork, and develop visual design solutions. The program provides a foundation of aesthetic and technical skills through the study of fine art principles, the design process and graphic design practices. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, contextual project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as freelance graphic designers, production artists, digital graphics specialists, marketing assistants, or other graphic art production and support roles within a business.

General Education Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
or PTWR 135 INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
Computational Skills
PTCS 110PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS5
Human Relations
Select one from the following:5
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (5 credits/units)
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (5 credits/units)
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (5 credits/units)
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (5 credits/units)
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART  103DRAWING I3
ART  110CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT3
ART  115TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN4
ART  145DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I3
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT  101PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS4
CGT  102ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS4
CGT  103INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT4
Graphic Design
ART  172GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPLORATION3
ART  173GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I4
ART  174TYPOGRAPHY4
ART  208DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION4
ART  215PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT3
ART  270PUBLICATION PRODUCTION1-9
ART  271PUBLICATION DESIGN4
ART  273GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II4
Select one from the following:4
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES (4 credits/units)
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM (4 credits/units)
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE 1 (1-5 credits/units)
Total Credits/Units73

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Recognize and apply foundational art theory.
  • Place design projects and issues in context of society and culture.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage graphic design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate graphic design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in graphic design practice.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.