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Visual Communication: Design

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Visual Communication: Design is designed to prepare students for employment and upgrade the skills of those already employed in the graphic communications field. Coursework and hands-on experiences build knowledge and skills including design principles, typography, complex layout, digital color, industry-standard software, marketing tools and objectives and proper file creation for successful output to multimedia and variable devices. Employment opportunities are available in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, graphic design, publication design, branding, illustration, digital prepress, user experience/user interface and creative direction. Students interested in continuing their studies may choose to pursue the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Visual Communication (3052) where these courses apply.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Admission criteria


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ADA/ART169Two-Dimensional Computer Design3
ADA/ART175Electronic Publishing Design I3
ADA/ART177Computer-Photographic Imaging3
ADA/ART248Design Self Promotion3
ARH110History of Graphic Design3
ART100Introduction to Computer Graphic Art (1) OR
Permission of Department0-1
ART103Typography in the Digital Age3
ART104Cross-Media Marketing for Designers3
ART114Digital Color3
ART181Graphic Design I3
ART291Digital Prepress3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select an additional nine (9) credits from the following list of courses:
ADA/ART289Computer Illustration3
ART142Introduction to Digital Photography3
ART143Intermediate Digital Photography3
ART/COM/STO150Digital Storytelling3
ART182Graphic Design II3
ART/MMT190Art of Web Design3
ART215Advanced Electronic Publishing3
ART230Visual Brand Design3
ART281Graphic Design III3
ART286Graphic Design IV3
ART288PDF Portable Document Format3
ART290AAStudio Art1
ART290ABStudio Art2
ART290ACStudio Art3
ART296++Any Cooperative Education course1-4
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I3
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
  • Develop visual concepts in response to communication problems including visual organization of information hierarchy. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART175, ADA/ART177, ADA/ART289, ART100, ART103, ART104, ART142, ART143, ART181, ART182, ART215, ART281, ART286, ART290AA, ART290AB, ART290AC, ART296++)
  • Apply principles of design, history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives for effective visual communication. (ARH110, ART100, ART142, ART143, ART181, ART182)
  • Critique designs to evaluate their effectiveness. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART175, ADA/ART177, ART100, ART103, ART142, ART143, ART181, ART182, ART215, ART281, ART286)
  • Utilize industry standard software to produce effective solutions to client-based problems. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART175, ADA/ART177, ADA/ART289, ART100, ART142, ART143, ART/MMT190, ART230, ART288, ART290AA, ART290AB, ART290AC, ART296++, CIS133DA)
  • Demonstrate professional and collaborative practices (e.g., communication, presentation, time management, organization, and legal and ethical considerations). (ADA/ART248, ART104, ART230, ART291, ART296++)
  • Communicate design ideas and solutions that recognize diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART175, ADA/ART177, ADA/ART289, ARH110, ART103, ART104, ART/COM/STO150, ART181, ART182, ART230, ART281, ART286, ART296++)
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate typography and font management. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART175, ADA/ART177, ART103, ART104, ART181, ART182, ART/MMT190, ART215, ART230, ART281, ART286, ART288, ART290AA, ART290AB, ART290AC, ART291)
  • Utilize calibration, characterization, definitions, and profiles of digital color to ensure color consistency across outputs. (ADA/ART177, ART114, ART142, ART143, ART291)
  • Use digital prepress concepts and techniques to design, create, and evaluate electronic files for successful output to digital devices. (ART114, ART291, ART296++)
  • Apply the fundamentals of digital marketing tools and methods for complex segments as they relate to graphic design. (ART104, ART281, ART286, ART296++)
  • Create a portfolio of work that reflects current industry practices. (ADA/ART175, ADA/ART248, ART215)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.