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Graphic Design Certificate

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 520407A
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Graphic Design four-term certificate program is designed to give students a solid foundation in layout/design concepts and computer graphics applications for print and Web. These include desktop publishing, graphic illustration, digital imaging, and Web page design. Students will also receive instruction in computer fundamentals including terminology, software use, hardware configuration, and operating systems.

All courses in the program have high academic standards and serve dual purposes: They prepare students for careers or serve as a vehicle for those wishing to learn specific skills. The U.S. Department of Education requires disclosure of specific information about career and technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies, job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students completing the programs. For more information visit

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see

Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores, and meet with an adviser prior to enrolling in the program. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the Computer Science Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework
is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate
department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student
must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways certificates can be applied to other
certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program adviser
and review the roadmap at

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the credits in the program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Credits earned in this program can be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Course No.
Course Title
CS120 Concepts in Computing I or documented computer proficiency

Note: Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12
Required Technical Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
WR121 English Composition I 4
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 4
Second Term
ART115 Basic Design (Composition) 3
ART131 Introduction to Drawing (Value) 3
GD120 Digital Graphic Design I 3
GD160 Digital Imaging (Photoshop) 3
Third Term
ART116 Basic Design (Color Theory) 3
ART132 Introduction to Drawing (Line) or ART234 Figure Drawing I 3
GD140 Electronic Publishing Applications I (InDesign) 3
GD150 Computer Illustration (Illustrator) 3
Fourth Term
ART237 Illustration (Black and White Media) or ART238 Illustration (Color Media) 3
CS125dw Dreamweaver I 3
GD220 Digital Graphic Design II 3
GD227 Production Graphics 3
  Total Program Credits 47

For more information contact the Computer Science Department:

Grants Pass: 541-956-7213
Medford:  541-245-7527
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7213 or Ext. 7527
email: or
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711