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Graphic Design Level I

Commercial and Entertainment Arts
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 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 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 for Graphic Design Level I: 

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Number Course Name Units
ARTD 20 Design: Two-Dimensional 3.0 CSU, UC
ARTC 100 Graphic Design I 3.0
ARTC 120 Graphic Design II 3.0
ARTC 140 Graphic Design III 3.0
ARTC 200 Web Design 3.0
PHOT 5 Digital Cameras and Composition 1.0 
  Total Units 16.0

Graphic Design Level II

Commercial and Entertainment Arts
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.

    • Program Learning Outcomes

      Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

      • Research and interpret information necessary to develop an effective message(s) and strategy for a commercial art assignment.
      • Develop and communicate creative, visual solutions for a commercial art assignment.
      • Design commercial art products that effectively utilize principles and elements of design.
      • Select and use appropriate, industry standard tools and technology to produce commercial art products.
      • Present their commercial art products, explaining and defending their strategic choices, creative ideas and design decisions.

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Required Courses for Graphic Design Level II:

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Completion of the Graphic Design Level I certificate coursework (16 units as listed above), 
PLUS the following courses (18 units):

Number Course Name Units
ARTC 160 Typography 3.0
ARTC 210 Corporate Identity and Branding 3.0
ARTC 220 Graphic Design IV 3.0
ARTC 272 Motion Graphics, Compositing, and 
Visual Effects
3.0
ARTC 290 Portfolio 3.0
  PLUS select one(1) elective below
 
ANIM 104 Drawing Fundamentals 3.0  CSU, UC
ANIM 130 Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation  3.0  CSU
ARTC 165 Illustration 3.0
ARTD 15A Drawing: Beginning 3.0  CSU, UC
ARTD 21 Color and Composition 3.0  CSU, UC
  Total Units 34.0
     
  Recommended Elective  
ARTC 299 Work Experience in Graphic Design 1-3 Units

Recommended Path for Graphic Design Level II Certificate

 

Degrees

Fine Arts Emphasis in Graphic Design, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree A8983

An emphasis in Fine Arts provides the student with an understanding of the practices and theories of traditional and contemporary two and three-dimensional studio arts and an introduction to the history of Western art. In addition to the foundation courses, students select 12 Units from the list of approved electives.

    • Program Learning Outcomes

      Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

      • Have completed the foundation courses of the major which are the aesthetic base needed for transfer into bachelors programs or independent work as an artist.
      • Be able to apply critical thinking skills to original work.
      • Be able to apply the elements and principles of design to original art work.
      • Be able to apply visual arts concepts that are basic to many forms and fields of art and design in visual, oral, and written communication
      • Be able to analyze historical, contemporary, peer, and personal visual artwork that range in modes of artistic expression.  
      • Be able to demonstrate in oral, written and studio work familiarity with the history of western art.
      • Be proficient in a variety of visual art techniques and tools using them to explore a range of subjects, media, styles and formats.
      • Create independent original work in the area of their focus demonstrating basic professional practices.

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Required Courses for AA Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences:

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Number Course Units
ARTC 100 Graphic Design I 3
ARTC 120 Graphic Design II 3
ARTC 140 Graphic Design III 3
ARTC 160 Typography 3
ARTC 200 Web Design 3
ARTC 220 Graphic Design IV 3
ARTD 15A Drawing: Beginning 3
ARTD 17A Drawing: Life 3
ARTD 20 Design: Two-Dimensional 3
ARTD 21 Design: Color and Composition 3
ARTD 25A Beginning Painting I 3
ARTS 22 Design: Three-Dimensional 3
AHIS 4
or
AHIS 4H
History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic

History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic - Honors
3
AHIS 5
or
AHIS 5H
History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern

History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern - Honors
3

3
  Total Units 36

Course Descriptions

ARTC 100 - Graphic Design I

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Advisory: ARTD 15A and ARTD 20
Contemporary graphic design for the commercial art industry. Covers technology, creativity, design, and production. Focuses on using Adobe Photoshop to produce effective commercial art. Additional exposure to Adobe Illustrator and other professional production tools.

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ARTC 120 - Graphic Design II

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTC 100 
Corequisite: ARTD 20 (May be taken previously)

Graphic design concepts, theories, and strategies for the design and layout of printed commercial art. Covers typical printed products including advertisements, flyers, brochures, posters, newsletters, books, and catalogs. Focuses on using Adobe InDesign with additional exposure to Photoshop and Illustrator.

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ARTC 140 - Graphic Design III

3 units - Degree Applicable

Prerequisite: ARTC 100 and ARTD 20
Digital illustration, design, skills, and concepts working primarily with vector art. Focuses on using Adobe Illustrator as the primary development tool.

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ARTC 160 — Typography

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTC 100 and ARTD 20
Design and use of basic letterforms, type families, characteristics, history, and principles of typography in graphic design. Traditional and digital skills for the art of typeface design, typographic layout, expressive typography, and conceptual thinking.

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ARTC 163 — Dynamic Sketching

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTD 15A or ANIM 104
Essential tools to conceptualize, communicate, and express creative ideas dynamically through the art of sketching. Emphasis on problem solving through the sketching process for illustrators, animators, entertainment designers, and fine artists.

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ARTC 165 — Illustration

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTD 15A or ANIM 104
Corequisite: ARTD 20 or ARTD 21 or ARTD 17A or ANIM 101A (any of which may have been taken previously)

Contemporary illustration with an emphasis on story, editorial, and advertising applications. Proper uses of illustrative rendering techniques in traditional drawing and painting media, paper, and their integration to electronic media. Using professional illustration software, peripherals, and color laser printing, students advance to produce more complex illustrations.

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ARTC 167 — Visual Development

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTC 163 or (ANIM 101A AND ARTD 16)
Development of visual concepts and storytelling for entertainment illustration through use of value, design, color and composition as symbolic tools for communication. Students cannot receive credit for both ARTC 167 and ANIM 167.

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ARTC 169 — Conceptual Illustration

3 units - Degree Applicable

Prerequisite: ARTD 15A and (ARTD 25A or ARTC 165)
Advisory: ANIM 101A

Development of visual concepts and vocabulary to create unique and provocative editorial illustration interpretations based on social, cultural, and political issues. Exploration of personal style and media with emphasis on contemporary art trends.

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ARTC 200 — Web Design

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTC 100 and ARTD 20
Design, usability, production and marketing of web sites using contemporary development methods including HTML 5 and CSS 3.

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ARTC 210 — Corporate Identity and Branding

3 units - Degree Applicable

Prerequisite: ARTC 140 and ARTC 160.
Creative techniques, design theory, and process methods for developing effective logos, corporate identity systems, and brands.

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ARTC 220 - Graphic Design IV

3 units - Degree Applicable

Prerequisite: ARTC 100 and ARTD 20
Advisory: ARTC 140

Intermediate to advanced graphic design concepts, composition, photo editing, and photo retouching. Focuses on using Adobe Photoshop as the primary development tool.

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ARTC 272 — Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Prerequisite: ARTC 100 or ANIM 100
Elements of motion graphics and visual effects including design, typography, animation, compositing, and editing in a production environment (i.e. TV, Film, DVD, or Web). Focuses on using Adobe After Effects and other industry standard software. ANIM 172 and ARTC 272 cannot both be taken for credit.

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ARTC 290 — Portfolio

3 units - Degree Applicable

Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 15 semester units in one of the following programs: Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation and Gaming, Architectural Design, Art, Fashion Merchandising, Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Photography.
Selection, preparation, and assembly of a portfolio, book, or package of works of art, including digital and multimedia formats, that represent individual interests and strengths of students from the visual arts disciplines for use in entering a four-year institution, professional art school, or professional eld of choice. Also includes cover letter and resume preparation. The instructor will verify that the prerequisite has been met.

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ARTC 299 — Work Experience in Graphic Design

1-3 units - Not Degree Applicable

Prerequisite: Compliance with Work Experience regulations as designated in the College Catalog
Advisory: ARTC100 AND ARTC 120 AND ARTC 140 AND ARTC 200 AND ART 20 AND PHOT 5

Work experience in graphic design, web design, media design, advertising design, illustration or other graphic design related field in an approved work site. A minimum of 75 paid clock hours or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week are equally distributed throughout the semester.

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ARTD 15A — Drawing: Beginning

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

An entry level course emphasizing creative expression through the use of drawing media. Emphasis is placed on basic drawing methods and skills, composition and exploration of drawing media.

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ARTD 17A — Drawing: Life

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ARTD 15A or ANIM 104
Contemporary and traditional approaches to drawing the human figure. Surface anatomy, proportion, line, light and shadow, composition, and the expressive potential of the human figure will be explored.

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ARTD 19A — Figure Painting

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ARTD 17A
Painting the draped and nude figure with emphasis on observation and accurate representation. Through poses of various lengths, students will learn to depict the human figure using light logic, color palettes, compositional devices, and painting techniques.

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ARTD 20 — Design: Two-Dimensional

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Two-dimensional composition in achromatic value and color using the elements and principles of art and design. Emphasis on vocabulary, theory, and analysis of the formal elements and principles as they apply to studio projects in design for all disciplines of the arts. Off-campus assignments may be required.

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ARTD 21 — Design: Color and Composition

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: ARTD 20
Color theory and relationships of pigment and light. Emphasis on color harmonies, color matching, the effects of light, color perception and expression in their application to design and composition and as used in all disciplines of the arts.

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ARTD 25A — Beginning Painting I

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Development of basic paint applications in various styles and subjects focusing on the formal elements of composition, light logic, and color.

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ANIM 104 — Drawing Fundamentals

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Emphasizes creative expression through the use of drawing media and techniques. Emphasis is placed on use of construction, light logic, atmospheric and linear perspective, and gesture directed toward animation. Includes basic drawing skills and methods of achieving compositional integrity through objective analysis and synthesis. May require off-campus assignments.

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ANIM 130 — Introduction to 3D Modeling

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU

Introduction to 3D modeling techniques using animation and gaming industry-standard software.

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ARTS 22 — Design: Three-Dimensional

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Develops perception and enhances decision making within the three-dimensional world. Emphasis is placed on concept development and artistic expression utilizing principles and elements of three-dimensional design as well as practical experiments with various media.

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AHIS 4 — History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Western art from the Prehistoric through Gothic periods, demonstrating the relationship of various visual art forms to each other and to the cultural context in which they were produced.

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AHIS 4H — History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic - Honors

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Western art from the Prehistoric through Gothic periods demonstrating the relationship of various visual art forms to each other and to the cultural context in which they were produced. This is an honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both AHIS 4 (formerly ARTA 4) and AHIS 4H.

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AHIS 5 — History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Western art from the Renaissance through Modern periods, demonstrating the relationship of various visual art forms to each other and to the cultural context in which they were produced. Off-campus assignments may be required.

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AHIS 5H — History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern - Honors

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program
Western art from the Renaissance through Modern periods demonstrating the relationship of various visual art forms to each other and to the cultural context in which they were produced. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both AHIS 5 (formerly ARTA 5) and AHIS 5H. Off-campus assignments may be required.

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AHIS 6 — History of Modern Art

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 68
Artistic movements, influences, and individuals who have formed the Modern tradition. Emphasis is on the 20th century; the international and multicultural character of Modern art will be explored. Off campus trips may be required.

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AHIS 6H — History of Modern Art - Honors

3 units - Degree Applicable, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program 
Artistic movements, influences, and individuals who have formed the Modern tradition. Emphasis is on the 20th century and the international and multicultural character of Modern art. An honors course designed to provide an enriched experience. Students may not receive credit for both AHIS 6 (formerly ARTA 6) and AHIS 6H. Off-campus trips may be required.

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PHOT 5 — Digital Cameras and Composition

1 unit - Degree Applicable

Use of digital cameras and image editing software to create well-composed, quality photographs for use in Graphic Design and other applications. Camera required after first class meeting. Field trip required.

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NOTE: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, students should consult
the College Catalog for the most current and accurate information regarding courses.