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Graphic Designer (SOC CODE: 27-1024.00)

Job Description Overview

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Related Careers

  • Commercial and Industrial Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Web Developers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Video Game Designers
  • Set and Exhibit Designers
  • Designers, All Other

Sample Job Duties

  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Graphic Design: Level I

      Arts Division
      Certificate E0341

      This multi-level certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the Graphic Design field of Communication Art. Students are given creative design and technology skills necessary to develop successful graphic design for print, web, and other media. This Graphic Design Level I certificate offers the essential skills required for entry-level employment opportunities as a production or layout artist, interface or content designer, publication artist, print advertising artist, or desktop publisher. The production software reflects industry standards and course content is driven by industry needs.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ARTC 100Fundamentals of Graphic Design3
      ARTC 120Print Design and Advertising3
      ARTC 140Vector Design and Illustration3
      ARTC 160Typography3
      ARTD 20Design: Two-Dimensional3
      PHOT 5Digital Cameras and Composition1
      Total Units16
    • Graphic Design: Level II

      Arts Division
      Certificate T0369

      This multi-level certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the Graphic Design field of Communication Art. Students are given a balanced blend of creative, design, and technology skills necessary to develop successful graphic design for print, web, and other media channels. This Graphic Design Level II certificate offers additional expertise necessary for employment opportunities in the field of Graphic Design. The production software reflects industry standards and course content is driven by industry needs.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Completion of the Graphic Design Level I coursework16
      PLUS
      Completion of the Graphic Design Level II coursework18
      Total Units34
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Graphic Design Level I Coursework
      ARTC 100Fundamentals of Graphic Design3
      ARTC 120Print Design and Advertising3
      ARTC 140Vector Design and Illustration3
      ARTC 160Typography3
      ARTD 20Design: Two-Dimensional3
      PHOT 5Digital Cameras and Composition1
      Total Units16
      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Graphic Design Level II Coursework
      Core Courses
      ARTC 200Web Design3
      ARTC 210Corporate Identity and Branding3
      ARTC 220Creative Design and Compositing3
      ARTC 272Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects3
      ARTC 290Portfolio3
      Required Electives
      Choose one course from the following:3
      ANIM 104
      Drawing Fundamentals
      ANIM 130
      Introduction to 3D Modeling
      ARTC 165
      Illustration
      ARTD 15A
      Drawing: Beginning
      ARTD 21
      Design: Color and Composition
      Total Units18

      Recommended Elective

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ARTC 299Work Experience in Graphic Design1
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