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
Glendale Community College
818-240-1000 ext. 3183