The Graphic and Web Design Program at GCC is designed for working professionals who need to upgrade their skill set, students preparing for transfer, and individuals seeking training towards a career in Graphic Design.
*Note: As you are planning your schedule do not forget to check for Prerequisite and
Recommended Preparation courses for your target courses. Also, Art 136, Art 251 are only offered in the Fall Term and Art 137, Art 255 are only offered in the Spring Term.
Recommended Course Progression For The Graphic Design Certificate
Recommended Course Progression For The Graphic Design AA Degree
ART 132 Typography
ART132 is an introduction to the history, theory and application of letter forms and typography as they apply to graphics, advertising and other disciplines within design and visual communication. Projects cover principles of typography, letter structure, typeface selection, fundamentals of computer typesetting and typographic layout.
Total Course Units: 3.0
Recommended Preparation: ART 133
HILLQUIST, REBECCA 1:40-4:10 T TH HS 119
ART 133 Digital Illustration
ART 133 is a beginning level digital illustration course. Students explore illustration style, problem solving, and the creative use of Adobe Illustrator on the Macintosh computer. Students create projects using course information. The course covers various problem solving methods, appropriate solutions for spot illustrations, and basic Illustrator tools: palettes, creating and converting anchor points, creating and reshaping paths, basic coloring, gradients, layers, and creating, styling, and editing type.
•Art 133 is recommended in the first term at GCC as part of the GD AA Degree as well as the GD Certificate. This course is typically offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms.
Total Course Units: 3.0
Recommended preparation: ART 150 or equivalent.
HILLQUIST, REBECCA 9:10-11:40 MW HS 119
ART 134 Graphic Design Foundations
Art 134 is an introduction to the tools and techniques of graphic design problem solving. The history of graphic design is integrated as a foundation for current technique. Adobe InDesign on the Macintosh platform is the primary software utilized for the final production of assigned projects. Students explore aspects of graphic imagery, typography, and layout. The creation of portfolio level work is stressed throughout the course. Presentation skills necessary to communicate with future clients are introduced. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest, and craftsmanship.
Total Course Units: 3.0
Prerequisite: ART 132 or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: ART 133 or equivalent, PHOTO 121 or equivalent
EASTMAN, CHARLES 6:00-8:30 MW HS 120
ART 135 Digital Publication Design
ART 135 focuses on the principles of graphic design to create layouts that can be viewed across multiple platforms. Emphasis is placed on industry standard software such as Adobe InDesign, on the Macintosh platform. Students integrate typography and graphics to create a variety of projects that explore the technical and aesthetic nature of digital publication design through print and electronic publication (EPUB). The creation of portfolio level work is stressed throughout the course. Verbal and visual presentation skills necessary to communicate with future clients are emphasized. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest and craftsmanship.
Prerequsite: ART 132 or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: ART 133, 134, and, PHOTO 121 or equivalent.
HARVEY, MARK 6:00-8:30 TTH HS 120
ART 137 Graphic Design Portfolio
ART 137 provides students with instruction in the development of a graphic design portfolio, representative of technical and creative skills and career objectives. Portfolio organization, resume presentation and overall Graphic Design skills are stressed. Students are required to develop a portfolio using current technology, and existing portfolio pieces as well as established approaches and practices that have remained constant and continue to apply to all types of presentations. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest, and craftsmanship.
Prerequisite: Art 136 or equivalent
Recommended Preparation: Art 132 or equivalent, ART 133 or equivalent, Art 134 or equivalent, Art 135 or equivalent.
ABEYTA, STEVEN 9:10-11:40 TTH HS 120
ART 250 Web Graphics
ART 250 is an introductory Web graphic course that covers Web design principles and Web graphic creation and preparation for use in the design of Web sites. Emphasis is placed on project planning and Web environment issues that affect design. Students create assigned projects with industry standard software: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Concept and design are emphasized throughout the course.
Recommended Preparation: ART 133, PHOTO 121
BAILEY, TERRY 6:00-8:30 TTH HS 119
ART 255 Web Motion Graphics
ART 255 is a Web and device design course using industry standard software to create spot and full-page interactive, vector-based animations for publication to multiple platforms for use on desktop and mobile devices. Design quality and concept are emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: ART 250 or equivalent.
HILLQUIST, REBECCA 9:10-11:40 TTH HS 119
Art 136 and Art 251 available in Fall.
GD Spring 2017 Schedule PDF
How to receive the Graphic Design AA Degree @ GCC in 7 steps or 2 years:
2 year Progression Plan for the Graphic Design Certificate here at GCC:
Type Tips and Tricks
OCTOBER 20, 2016, 6:15-9:15 P.M.
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Gain expertise on typography and InDesign. Hear tips and techniques for choosing, combining, setting professional level type, including:
• Hyphenation and justification settings
• The importance of paragraph, character, and object styles
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About the Presenter
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Great Opportunity to set up work groups with your classmates, put some last minute refinement on a project before class, or work without the distractions of home!
The beginning of the Fall 2016 term is right around the corner and many students and perspective students have been contacting me about which Graphic Design classes they should take for Fall.
Realizing that there are so many factors that students should consider when they are laying out their schedules let me share a few ideas if your goal is to go from GCC directly to work:
Job Posting from 8/17/16
“Must have thorough knowledge of design programs (including the Adobe Creative Cloud) and an understanding of the print process.
Must have strong layout and typography skills.
Must help maintain consistent branding…”
“Should be creative, organized, able to manage several projects at once, meet deadlines and work well with others.
Video production knowledge, including editing”
Based on this posting, which is representative of the majority of posting that I see, let me make a few recommendations to prepare a GCC students for gainful employment within the world of Graphic Design:-)
1. “Must have thorough knowledge of design programs (including the Adobe Creative Cloud)”
To meet this requirement, I would recommend that students consider Photo 121, Art 133, Art 134, and Art 135, as all of these classes require students not only to learn the software but how to apply the software within portfolio level design projects.
2. “an understanding of the print process”
To meet this requirement, I would recommend students consider Art 134, and Art 135 as these courses contain assignments/projects directly relating to the print process.
3. “Must have strong layout and typography skills.”
For the “layout” skills I would recommend Art 135, and Art 251. For the “typography skills” we have an entire class dedicated to typography Art 132.
4. “Must help maintain consistent branding..”
A big part of branding is the establishment of an identify system and Art 136 is the class where students sharpen their skills when it comes to identity and logo design.
5. “Should be creative, organized, able to manage several projects at once, meet deadlines and work well with others.”
All of the Graphic Design classes here at GCC have an emphasis on completing projects in a timely manner and staying on track to manage your time effectively and participation within the development, critique, and presentation process in class with your fellow students is one of the absolutely best environment to develop these qualities.
6. “Video production knowledge, including editing.”
One of the truly amazing things about going to GCC is that Graphic Design students have the opportunity to enhance their design skills by supplementing their course of study with courses from other departments such as Media, which offers a full range of video and video editing courses.
Hope this helps:-)
Chair of Graphic Design
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Books, not just for designing, also good for reading, and if you are going to read, why not read more about design.
Recent Find (Not yet in the library):
The Politics of Design
Review by James Cartwright for the AIGA website:
“Just reading this sentence makes you part of the 85% of the world population that is literate and the 20% that understands English,” he continues. ”You’ve spent around $15 on this book, which is a price only 20% of people (those earning more than $10 a day) can afford. If you are reading the electronic version, you are among the 40% who have access to the internet. If you bought this book, you probably have a higher education which is only available to a privileged few.”
If you enjoy reading between classes or anytime you are here on campus…
Check out some of the Graphic Design books recently added to our library’s collection:
Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant-Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century, by Steven Heller 741.650904
Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century, by Claire Zimmerman 720.108 Z72p
Anime: A History, by Jonathan Clements 777.7 C626A
Perverse Optimist, by Tibor Kalman 741.6092 T554
American Signs: Form and Meaning on Route 66, by Lisa Mahar-Keplinger
Design Writing Research, by Abbott Miller 741.6 1966D
Graphic Design, by Milton Glaser (Not sure on the Call Number but this is a great book worth taking the time to look up)
Barn brook Bible: The Graphic Design of Jonathan Barnbrook, by Johnathan Barnbrook 741.6092 B259b
Graphic Design in America: Visual Language History 741.60973
Pioneers of Modern Typography, by Herbert Spencer 741.6 S745p 2004
Nahal Ghodousi M.S.
Glendale Community College