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Graphic Design Certificate
Semester Hours:  30
Effective Term: Fall 2015
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Graphic Design Certificate provides individuals seeking to advance design skills for the development of personal interests, and for those already employed in this field to upgrade skills as well as providing the creative and technical skills required for employment in entry-level positions.

Recommended Proficiencies: RDG094 or equivalent on college level placement test.

Course Requirements
Graphic Design Certificate (30 Credits)

Recommended Proficiencies
RDG094 College Reading

Requirements (30)
ART101 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
ART107 Drawing I (3)
MSC120 Graphic Design and Adobe InDesign (3)
MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3)
MSC123 Designing with Type (3)
MSC125 Introduction to Illustrator (3)
MSC220 Advanced Graphic Design (3)
MSC130 Digital Photography and Photoshop (3)
MSC230 Advanced Digital Photography and Adobe
Photoshop (3)
MSC205 Portfolio Preparation (3)

Other Requirements
Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students must earn a minimum of one-third of required Certificate credits from CAC

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Identify the fundamentals of design history and theory. (CSLO 1 & 2)
2. (Application Level) Apply the fundamental rules of design and typography using industry standard software effectively. (CSLO 3 & 4)
3. (Application Level) Apply the principles of color and 2D and 3D design, including; repetition, contrast, variety, rhythm, balance, emphasis and economy to original designs. (CSLO 2 & 4)
4. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate the technology and design components required to implement a website using industry standard software and applications. (CSLO 1, 2 & 4)
5. (Synthesis Level) Demonstrate the ability to make design choices and communicate ideas and concepts clearly. (CSLO 4)
6. (Synthesis Level) Create a professional design portfolio, electronic and printed, demonstrating a knowledge of typography, photography, design aesthetics and the ability to construct meaningful design solutions. (CSLO 3)
Standards for Program