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Design and Digital Media

2020-21 Design and Digital Media (PDF)*

Certificate of Completion
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Design and Digital Media 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for Design and Digital Media programs are:

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.

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. Operate tools and technology, and recognize 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.

Professionalism. Employ basic business practices and trade ethics related to graphic arts, including the ability to organize design projects and to work productively in client-designer and team relationships in the implementation and evaluation of projects.

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 through the Placement Process. 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 Design and Digital Media Coordinator'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 advisor. 

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
CIS/CS_____ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or designated placement score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-10
Required Technical Courses
Course No.
Course Title
Fall Term
ART115 Basic Design (Composition) 3
DDM120 Digital Graphic Design I  3
DDM140 Electronic Publishing I (InDesign) 3
DDM160 Digital Imaging (Photoshop) 3
WR121 English Composition I 4
Winter Term
ART116 Basic Design (Color Theory) 3
ART131 Introduction to Drawing I (Value) or
ART222 Graphic Design (Typography)
DDM141 Electronic Publishing II 3
DDM150 Computer Illustration (Illustrator) 3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Spring Term
ART245 Drawing for Graphic Design or
ART237 Illustration (Black and White Media)
DDM130 Introduction to Web Tools  3
DDM220 Digital Graphic Design II 3
DDM221 Production Graphics 3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I
or  MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 
  Total Program Credits 47

For more information contact the Visual Arts & Design Department:

541- 956-7127
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7127
Web address:

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