Getting a Job.


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:-)

Rebecca Hillquist
Chair of Graphic Design
Glendale Community College
818-240-1000 ext. 3183



What’s New?


Just about everything! From Graphic Design core curriculum (last two years) to the recently (May 2012) Graphic Design Certificate program at GCC has been updated or totally recreated to meet current industry standards.

If you have taken Graphic Design classes at GCC before, you will recognize some of the same faces and several new ones. Some of the biggest changes have been to core Graphic Design courses Art 134, Art 135, Art 136 and Art 137. This update is to let you know some of the details of exactly what has been happening in our Graphic Design program.

Quick Update on changes to the core curriculum:

Art 134 was formerly Graphic Design 1 is now Graphic Design Foundations (see new course description in schedule) All of the basic design skills such as typography and page composition are stressed within the context of historical and contemporary Graphic Design and Graphic Designers. (*Former students see note below)

Art 135 formerly Graphic Design 2, now Graphic Design Layout Software (see new course description in schedule). This class is now dedicated to learning the essential tools used within the Graphic Design industry. A response to student request (“We want an InDesign Class!”) and pouring through two years of job postings to see what employers are seeking, Art 135 is perfect for newbies and the returning professional seeking to upgrade their technical skills. This class is creating a real buzz for all of the right reasons:-) (*Former students see note below)

Art 136 formerly Graphic Design 3 is now Graphic Design Identity and Logo Design (see new course description in schedule). This course is now customized to create Identity and logo design through the application of Graphic Design principles. Research showed that employers and transfer institutions are expecting to see examples of Identity / Logo systems within a Graphic Design portfolio. In Art 136 emphasis is placed on the applied use of typography and classic design principles. Not just theory, and not just technical, this class is truly applied design. (*Former students see note below)

Art 137 formerly Graphic Design 4 is now Graphic Design Portfolio (see new course description in schedule). Art 137 is for the GCC student who has completed the majority of courses in the NEW Graphic Design Certificate (formerly the Advertising Art Certificate) and needs or organize their portfolio to seek employment and or transfer to continue their studies in Graphic Design.
Art 137 is ALSO for the Graphic Design professional that needs to organize their existing portfolio pieces using current presentation techniques. This course is for students who have existing work. (*Former students see note below)

*For those of you are familiar with the previous versions of Art 134, 135, 136, and 137 please take note:
Art 134, 135, 136, and 137 are no longer repeat courses with increasing difficulty. Art 134, 135, 136, and 137 are now distinct separate classes with strong enrollment, separate curriculum, and all of these new courses have the goal of producing separate distinct portfolio level projects. They are also not taught at the same time in the same classroom anymore.

All of these changes have happened over the last two years, and have proven to make a real difference in the level of work produced at GCC. The improvements are in evidence by dramatic increases in transfer to schools such as Art Center College of Design (five years ago 2 students transferred to ACCD during an academic year, this last year 14 students transferred during the same time period). Also, students have gone on to find placement at companies such as Warner Brothers.

I am extrememly excited about the future of Graphic Design here at Glendale Community College and look forward the vital learning environment that our students bring to our campus.

Rebecca Hillquist
Chair of Graphic Design
Glendale Community College
Glendale California

What to do if you think you qualify for a WAIVER


If you are attempting to register for a class and find that there is a pre-requsite course you will not be allowed to register for your class until you have completed the pre-requsite class. The only exception is if you have the necessary academic and or professional experience to receive a waiver.

To obtain a waiver for a Graphic or Web Design course contact the Graphic and Web Design Chair Rebecca Hillquist at:

Please include the following information:
1. The class that you would like to waive
2. The class you you would like to take
3. The academic and or professional experience that you posses that qualify you for a waiver.

Be aware that if you waive a class you cannot use the waived class to obtain a certificate, even if you go back and take the class at a later date without petitioning the College.