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Program Specifications

Below you can find a detailed list of the classes and requirements connected to this program.

The following classes are required for this program.

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Class Name


GDES 035 Beginning Graphic Design 3.0
GDES 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop 3.0
GDES 068 Advanced Adobe Photoshop 3.0
Art 031A Beginning Drawing 3.0
Art 033A Basic Design:Two-Dimensional 3.0
GDES 062 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator 3.0
GDES 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator 3.0
GDES 063 Introduction to Adobe InDesign 3.0
GDES 067 Advanced Adobe InDesign: Portfolio 3.0
GDES 045 Web Design With HTML and CSS 3.0
GDES 060 Electronic Page Layout & Typography 3.0
GDES 070 User Experience & Multimedia Design 3.0
GDES 055A Design Agency and Branding 3.0
GDES 085 Professional Portfolio and Design 2.0

Plus select an additional course (or courses) to complete the required minimum total of 32 semester units

GDES 011 The History of Modern Design 3.0
GDES 012 The History of Photography 3.0
GDES 013 Creativity and Visual Communication 3.0
GDES 015 Photo-media and Social Change 3.0
GDES 073 Digital Photography 3.0
GDES 046 Intermediate Web Page Design with Dreamweaver and CSS 3.0
GDES 39A 3D Animation and Modeling Using Maya 3.0
GDES 047 Web Animation 3.0
GDES 080 Packaging Design 3.0
GDES 074 Digital Video Production with Final Cut Pro 3.0
GDES 081 Motion Graphics with After Effects 3.0
GDES 039A 3D Animation and Modeling Using Maya 3.0
GDES 013 Creativity and Visual Communication 3.0
GDES 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator 3.0
GDES 067 Advanced Adobe InDesign 3.0
GDES 068 Advanced Adobe Photoshop 3.0
ART 031A Beginning Drawing 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional 3.0
ART 033B Basic Design: Three-Dimensional 3.0
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art 3.0

Graphic Design
Certificate and Degree

This award winning program provides opportunities for the student to develop fluency in contemporary graphic design issues and techniques.

Creative problem-solving

The emphasis of the program is on increasing the students' creative problem-solving abilities along with an introduction to design techniques and principals to provide the basic skills necessary to enter this growing, professional field.


Opportunities exist in advertising, corporate communication, retail businesses, and publishing among others.


Typical careers areas include; graphic design, illustration, package design, marketing communication, display design, typography and page layout, brand identity, logo design, photo editing and web page design among others.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Certificate

Student Work


  • This program consists of 33 units

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"I learned how to design business card, letterheads, package design and much more. Learned about color and text, and all the tools that makes a good product."

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