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