Certificate of Completion in Graphic Design

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 Digital Arts 1
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I Critical course Gateway course 3
ART111 or
ART116
Drawing I or Life Drawing I 3
ART113 or
ART114
Color or Digital Color 3
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ADA/ART183 Digital Graphic Arts I Critical course 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
ART178 Digital Arts Studies 3
ART/MMT190 or
CIS133DA
Art of Web Site Design or Internet/Web Development Level I 3
ADA/ART248 or
ART255
Design Self Promotion or Art Marketing 3
ADA/ART283 Digital Graphic Arts II 3
RE Restricted Elective Select from the list below. 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART192 Advanced Web Presentation Design 3
ART200 Animation and Interactivity 3
ART210 Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART/THP246 Digital Fabrication 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 Digital Arts 1
ADA/ART177 Digital Photographic Imaging I Critical course Gateway course 3
ART111 or
ART116
Drawing I or Life Drawing I 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART113 or
ART114
Color or Digital Color 3
ART178 Digital Arts Studies 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART169 2D Media Design 3
ADA/ART183 Digital Graphic Arts I Critical course 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ADA/ART283 Digital Graphic Arts II 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ART/MMT190 or
CIS133DA
Art of Web Site Design or Internet/Web Development Level I 3
ADA/ART248 or
ART255
Design Self Promotion or Art Marketing 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
RE Restricted Elective Select from the list below. 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
ADA/ART175 Electronic Publishing Design I 3
ADA/ART289 Computer Illustration 3
ART103 Typography in the Digital Age 3
ART/COM/STO150 Digital Storytelling 3
ART192 Advanced Web Presentation Design 3
ART200 Animation and Interactivity 3
ART210 Design Tools for Imagery, Production, and Publishing 3
ART/THP246 Digital Fabrication 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.