Graphic Design: Visual Communication - CCL

Effective term: 
20152 Fall
Final term: 
20182 Summer
Total credits required: 
Program Availability: 

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Graphic Design: Visual Communication is designed for students who plan to enter the field of Design. Program is designed to provide students with training in fine art foundations, design principles, and in computer-generated design including layout, illustrations, typeface, color principles, photographic manipulation, and prepress ready graphic design.

Program notes

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

++ indicates any suffixed courses.

Admission criteria


ART100Introduction to Computer Graphic Art (1) OR
Permission of Department 0-1
ADA/ART169Two-Dimensional Computer Design 3
ADA/ART175Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART177Computer-Photographic Imaging 3
ARH110History of Graphic Design 3
ART103Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART104Cross-Media Marketing for Designers 3
ART114Digital Color 3
ART181Graphic Design I 3
ART248Graphic Design Self Promotion 3
ART291Digital Prepress 3
Restricted Electives
ADA/ART183Computer Aided Graphic Arts I 3
ADA/ART289Computer Illustration 3
ART142Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART/COM/STO150Digital Storytelling 3
ART182Graphic Design II 3
ART/MMT190Art of Website Design 3
ART215Advanced Electronic Publishing 3
ART296++Cooperative Education (any suffixed course) 1-4
CIS133DAInternet/Web Development Level I 3
  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of computer techniques and art presentation methods. (ADA/ART169)
  2. Create electronic two-dimensional design images using traditional methods of visual problem solving. (ADA/ART169)
  3. Use the computer to produce output-ready graphic designs using appropriate page layout program. (ADA/ART175)
  4. Use the computer to produce and manipulate photographic imagery for print and graphic design production. (ADA/ART177)
  5. Present an historical overview of graphic design and typography including identification of key works in a variety of media, and descriptions of various tools, techniques, and materials used in creating visual communication pieces. (ARH110)
  6. Describe key developments in the history of typography. (ART103)
  7. Use computer generated typography with an understanding of type anatomy and use it effectively in visual communication. (ART103)
  8. Identify the fundamentals of marketing as they apply to the graphic designer. (ART104)
  9. Evaluate various digital marketing tools and methods for our complex marketing segments. (ART104)
  10. Describe the use of digital color and color profiles. (ART114)
  11. Use the computer to conceptualize, visualize and produce art. (ART169, ART175, ART177, ART181)
  12. Use tools of the trade and principles of design to produce layouts, for a variety of graphic design projects. (ART181)
  13. Evaluate goals and objectives and develop a self-promotion package. (ART248)
  14. Apply communication objectives in interviewing and practice solid business ethics and etiquette. (ART248)
  15. Develop and use presentation skills for the creation of various portfolio formats. (ART248)
  16. Use digital prepress concepts and techniques to design, create, and evaluate electronic files for successful output to various devices. (ART291)