Graphic Design – Dual Credit

Female graphic arts student working in Illustrator

About the Career

From T-shirts to billboards, graphic design surrounds us. Students prepare for a constantly changing industry through developing their portfolios to include logo, brochure, newsletter and website design.

Median hourly pay: $19.15
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Market and Salary

Position Average Median Salary Percentage of Growth by 2022
Graphic Designer $44,105 7%
Web Developer $62,500 20%
Multimedia Artist and Animator $61,370 6%
PR Specialist $54,170 12%
Art Director $80,880 3%
Advertising, Promotions & Marketing Managers $115,750 12%

About the Program

This certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as a graphic design production assistant. Through hands-on training, students learn what the pros know about graphic design including digital photo manipulation and computer illustration. Topics include the principles of design, typography and color theory, with an emphasis on how to set files up for commercial printing. Students will design professional projects including logos, business packages, brochures, newsletters and billboards. Students receive up-to-date training using industry-standard hardware and software.

Contact Information

Please speak with the dual credit advisor or college connection advisor at your high school.

Graphic Design Certificate

  • ARTS 2313 – Design Communications I

    Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration.

    This course is transferrable to a university.

  • ARTS 2314 – Design Communications II

    Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration.

    This course is transferrable to a university.

  • ARTC 1302 – Digital Imaging I

    Digital imaging using raster image editing and/or image creation software: scanning, resolution, file formats, output devices, color systems, and image acquisitions.

  • IMED 1316 – Web Design I

    Instruction in web design and related graphic design issues including mark-up languages, web sites, and browsers.

  • ARTC 1349 – Art Direction I

    Creation of projects in art direction for advertising graphic campaigns for products, services, or ideas. Topics include all campaign procedures from initial research and creative strategy to final execution and presentation of a comprehensive project.

    Prerequisites: ARTC 1353 or Instructor Approval.

  • ARTC 1353 – Computer Illustration

    Use of the tools and transformation options of an industry-standard vector drawing program to create complex illustrations or drawings.

  • ARTC 1327 – Typography

    A study of letterforms and typographic concepts as elements of graphic communication. Emphasis on developing a current, practical typographic knowledge based on industry standards.

    Prerequisites: ARTS 2314 or Instructor Approval.

  • GRPH 2309 – Digital Pre-Press

    Theory and techniques for pre-press preparation using industry standard software for final file output. Topics include the procedures and problems involved in computer file preparation ranging from trapping, color separations, and resolutions to printing basics and service bureaus.

    Prerequisites: ARTS 2314, ARTC 1302, or Instructor Approval.

  • BUSI 2304 – Business Report Writing and Correspondence

    Theory and applications for technical reports and correspondence in business.

Schedule

Semester Course Credit Hours
Contact Hours
Days Times Tuition
(In/Out District)
Year 1 – Fall
(Two 8-week classes)
ARTS 2313 HY
ARTS 2314 HY
3 / 96
3 / 96
Monday – Friday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $250 / $300
Year 1 – Spring
(Two 8-week classes)
ARTC 1302 HY
IMED 1316 HY
3 / 96
3 / 96
Monday – Friday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $250 / $300
Year 2 – Fall
(Two 8-week classes)
ARTC 1349 HY
ARTC 1353 HY
3 / 96
3 / 96
Monday – Friday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $250 / $300
Year 2 – Spring
(Two 8-week classes)
ARTS 1327 HY
GRPH 2309 HY
3 / 96
3 / 96
Monday – Friday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $250 / $300
  • All courses will be taught hybrid (80 hours face to face and 16 hours online instruction.)
  • Hybrid courses have an additional $25 fee per course (fee included in tuition cost listed above).
  • Additional fees will include a recommended membership to Adobe Creative Cloud for $20 per month, and Lynda.com membership for $20 per month.

TSI Assessment: Not needed for certificates.

Credential: Graphic Design Certificate with completion of BUSI 2304

COM Next Steps – Stackable Credentials:

  • Web Design Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science – Graphic Design/Web Design

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