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Graphic Design Certificate

2018-19 Graphic Design Grad Guide (PDF)

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

About the Program

The Graphic Design three-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

Program Learning Outcomes

Problem Solving: Solve communication problems and carry projects from creation through to the production process, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping, user testing, integration of feedback, and the evaluation of outcomes.

Communication. Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts, which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Demonstration. Create and develop visual concepts in response to communication problems, including an understanding of the principles of visual organization, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of original meaningful forms.

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.

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.

Students must meet with an adviser prior to enrolling in the program.

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
Fall Term
ART116 Basic Design (Color Theory) 3
GD120 Digital Graphic Design I  3
GD140 Electronic Publishing Applications I (InDesign) 3
GD160 Digital Imaging (Photoshop) 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
Winter Term
ART132 Introduction to Drawing (Line) or ART234 Figure Drawing I 3
ART237 Illustration (Black and White Media) or ART238 Illustration (Color Media) 3
GD141 Electronic Publishing Applications II or GD190 Adobe Animate 3
GD150 Computer Illustration (Illustrator) 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 4
Spring Term
ART115 Basic Design (Compostion) 3
GD130 Introduction to Adobe Web Tools  3
GD220 Digital Graphic Design II 3
GD227 Production Graphics 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or  MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math  4
  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
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711