Visual Communications — Graphic Design

Award: Certificate
Degree Code: VGDC
Number of Credits: 22

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Program Description

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in print preparation and electronic publishing. Job titles include graphic designer, colorist, scanner operator, digital imager, pre-press technician. The certificate program courses can be used in satisfying degree requirements.

Required Courses

Number Title Credits
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design I 3
ART 130 or
ART 140 or
ART 180
Drawing I
Painting I
Basic Photography
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 230 Graphic Design Studio 4

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, printing, photography, and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).
  • Demonstrate the use of 2D and 3D software programs including applications such as modeling, animation, illustration, video, sound, photography, print and web authoring.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory, and criticism.