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Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement
Program Information and Overview
Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement

Program Information

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. A minimum of 30 units are required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.

Repeating the same courses does not count toward the 30-unit minimum requirement.

Note: The 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.

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.

Recommended High School Preparation

Students should complete courses in one or more of the following: art, design, computer skills, photography, journalism, and creative writing.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities may be found in graphic design studios, publications, animation studios, video game design studios, in-house agencies, and self-employment/freelance.

Learn more about careers.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement

 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.
Required Program: A minimum of 30 units from this drop-down list
Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement Graphic Communication Certificate of Achievement
  • GCOM 101 Introduction to the Macintosh (1.5)
  • GCOM 103 Introduction to Adobe Acrobat (1.5)
  • GCOM 105 Photoshop Special Features (1.5)
  • GCOM 313 Digital Layout 1 (3)
  • GCOM 314 Digital Layout 2 (3)
  • GCOM 319 Print and Multimedia Publication Design (3)
  • GCOM 320 Print and Multimedia Publication Design II (3)
  • GCOM 321 Print and Multimedia Publication Design III (3)
  • GCOM 330 Digital Imaging 1 (3)
  • GCOM 331 Digital Imaging 2 (3)
  • GCOM 332 Digital Imaging 3 (3)
  • GCOM 340 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design 1 (3)
  • GCOM 341 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design 2 (3)
  • GCOM 343 Graphic Design Production (3)
  • GCOM 345 Advanced Graphic Design Production (3)
  • GCOM 347 Typography: Principles and Creation (3)
  • GCOM 349 Portfolio (1.5)
  • GCOM 350 Skills and Resources for Graphic Professionals (3)
  • GCOM 360 Introduction to Web and Interactive Technologies (3)
  • GCOM 361 Beginning Creative Web Design (3)
  • GCOM 362 Intermediate Creative Web Design (3)
  • CISW 470 Web Projects (3)
  • GCOM 380 Interactive Design 1 (3)
  • GCOM 383 Interactive Design 2 (3)
  • GCOM 390 Motion Design 1 (3)
  • GCOM 400 Introduction to the Principles of Animation (3)
  • GCOM 401 Introduction to Computer Animation (3)
  • GCOM 402 Beginning 3D Modeling and Rigging (3)
  • GCOM 410 Advanced Computer Animation (3)
  • GCOM 420 Video Game Design (3)
  • GCOM 424 Video Game Art (3)
  • GCOM 426 Video Game Level Design (3)
  • GCOM 490 Graphic Communication Studio (3)
  • GCOM 491 Graphic Communication Studio II (3)
  • GCOM 493 Graphic Communication Studio III (3)
  • GCOM 492 Media Professional – Production Lab (1 – 4)
  • GCOM 495 Independent Studies in Graphic Communication (1 – 3)
  • GCOM 498 Work Experience in Graphic Communication (1 – 4)

Certificate of Achievement

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

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