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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.

Details

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Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Visual Communication: Design (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5983
Total Credits Required
39-40
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Develop visual concepts in response to communication problems including visual organization of information hierarchy.
  2. Apply principles of design, history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives for effective visual communication.
  3. Critique designs to evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Utilize industry standard software to produce effective solutions to client-based problems.
  5. Demonstrate professional and collaborative practices (e.g., communication, presentation, time management, organization, and legal and ethical considerations).
  6. Communicate design ideas and solutions that recognize diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences.
  7. Demonstrate the use of appropriate typography and font management.
  8. Utilize calibration, characterization, definitions, and profiles of digital color to ensure color consistency across outputs.
  9. Use digital prepress concepts and techniques to design, create, and evaluate electronic files for successful output to digital devices.
  10. Apply the fundamentals of digital marketing tools and methods for complex segments as they relate to graphic design.
  11. Create a portfolio of work that reflects current industry practices.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

None

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART100 Introduction to Computer Graphic Art OR Permission of Department 0–1
ARH110 History of Graphic Design Gateway course 3
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I Gateway course 3
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I 3
ART104 Cross-Media Marketing for Designers Offered at SCC Fall semester only. 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design 3
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART248 Design Self Promotion Critical course 3
ART114 Digital Color Critical course Offered at SCC Fall semester only. 3
ART291 Digital Prepress Critical course 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART143 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART182 Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT190 Art of Web Site Design 3
ART215 Advanced Electronic Publishing 3
ART230 Visual Brand Design 3
ART281 Graphic Design III 3
ART286 Graphic Design IV 3
ART288 PDF Portable Document Format 3
ART290AA Studio Art 1
ART290AB Studio Art 2
ART290AC Studio Art 3
ART296++ Any Cooperative Education course 1–4
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART100 Introduction to Computer Graphic Art OR Permission of Department 0–1
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I Gateway course 3
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ARH110 History of Graphic Design Gateway course 3
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART104 Cross-Media Marketing for Designers Offered at SCC Fall semester only. 3
ART114 Digital Color Critical course Offered at SCC Fall semester only. 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART248 Design Self Promotion Critical course 3
ART291 Digital Prepress Critical course 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART143 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART182 Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT190 Art of Web Site Design 3
ART215 Advanced Electronic Publishing 3
ART230 Visual Brand Design 3
ART281 Graphic Design III 3
ART286 Graphic Design IV 3
ART288 PDF Portable Document Format 3
ART290AA Studio Art 1
ART290AB Studio Art 2
ART290AC Studio Art 3
ART296++ Any Cooperative Education course 1–4
CIS133DA Internet/Web Development Level I 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Visual Communication: Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=143075).


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