Who is STAFF?

Sometimes the catalog will list an instructor as STAFF.
STAFF is the place holder used if at the time that the schedule is published we don’t have a definite answer as to who will be teaching the class.

In Graphic Design this term we have one STAFF class, Art 135 Graphic Design Software on Monday evenings.

If you like surprises and don’t want to know who is actually teaching the class look away now:-)
It is with great pleasure that I announce a new instructor here at GCC.

Leslie Guichard

Multimedia Design Professional/ Educator

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



The Graphic Design certificate is intended to prepare students to communicate ideas and information using current graphic design practices.  Graphic Design students learn that by creating effective visual communication they make information accessible and comprehensible and give visual order, identification, and meaning to the many ideas existing within society. This program is designed for the student’s entry into the profession in a variety of areas: salaried “in-house” graphic designer for an agency, printing house or design studio, part-time or hourly designer for firms specializing in graphic design areas, or free-lance graphic designer.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, should meet with an academic and/or transfer counselor to discuss transfer requirements.

To explore major-related career information, click on the Career Profile link.



ART 130         Design I           3

ART 134         Graphic Design Foundations  3

ART 135         Graphic Design Layout Software       3

ART 136         Graphic Design Identity and Logo Development       2.5

ART 137         Graphic Design Portfolio        2.5

PHOTO 121   Photoshop 1   3

ART 133         Digital Illustration       3

ART 250         Designing Web Graphics        2.5

ART 251         Web Design with Dreamweaver         3

ART 255         Web Design with Flash           3

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED            28.5


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: rebeccah@glendale.edu

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.