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Graphic Design: Adobe Applications Technician

2018-19 Adobe Applications Technician Grad Guide (PDF)

Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 500101D
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Adobe® Applications Technician Career Pathways one-term certificate prepares students for work in entry-level positions in the graphic design industry where a working knowledge of Adobe® Creative Suite Premium applications is required. It is the first step to the one-year Graphic Design certificate and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Graphic Design. The AAS is designed to prepare students for employment in various design-related industries and fields, including Web design, graphic design, publishing, advertising, media/printing/editing, or begin careers as freelance designers.

Students enrolled in the Adobe® Applications Technician Certificate will use the books recommended by Adobe® for preparation in becoming an Adobe® Certified Expert (ACE). Students who are interested in becoming an ACE can begin by earning the Adobe® Applications Technician Certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Technique: Understand tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media.

Application: Be able both to determine the mode(s) of production required to achieve a specific product and to demonstrate level-appropriate mastery of skills, manual and/or digital, necessary to achieve those products. Apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, typography as they relate in the various media – digital, print, motion, 3-D, etc. – that exist in design.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited 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 below and at

Completion Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive a Career Pathways certificate in Adobe® Applications Technician. Certain prerequisite and 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.


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
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Compostion or WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-16

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title
GD130 Intro to Adobe Web Tools  3
GD140 Electronic Publishing Applications I 3
GD150 Computer Illustration: Illustrator 3
GD160 Digital Imaging: Photoshop 3
GD190 Introduction to Animation (Adobe Animate) 3

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
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711