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



Good Reads


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