Graphic Design

Certificate - 30 credits

About this program
Graphic design is a highly competitive and rewarding career for those with a talent and/or interest in graphic communication. The Graphic Design certificate program focuses on the integration of technology with graphic design to train students to create communication materials such as branding, brochures, web interface design, magazine layout and other forms of visual communication. The 30-credit certificate is targeted specifically at advanced students, students possessing an advanced degree or students who have professional experience in a creative field. It is a two-semester fast-track curriculum with the intent of building on students' existing skill sets and experience or accommodating the advanced students' accelerated goals for employment.
Program outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to produce visual concepts using drawing and computer methods.
  2. Interpret, speak, write and edit the language of advertising, graphic design, digital graphic technology and print production.
  3. Demonstrate entry-level industry proficiency utilizing multiple methods for producing graphic output.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of offset print production.
  5. Apply theories of design, color and typography.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism through participation in classroom activities, personal accountability and meeting deadlines.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
Tracks

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
30 Required courses
30 Total

Graphic Design - Certificate

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
GDTC1100 Macintosh Production Processes 3
GDTC1105 Adobe Photoshop I 3
GDTC1113 Design and Layout I 3
GDTC1115 Design and Layout II 3
GDTC1120 Adobe InDesign I 3
GDTC1124 Interactive Design I 3
GDTC1135 Adobe Illustrator I 3
GDTC2120 Adobe InDesign II 3
GDTC2205 Adobe Photoshop II 3
GDTC2245 Adobe Illustrator II 3
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1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
GDTC1100 Macintosh Production Processes 3
GDTC1105 Adobe Photoshop I 3
GDTC1113 Design and Layout I 3
GDTC1120 Adobe InDesign I 3
GDTC1135 Adobe Illustrator I 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
GDTC1115 Design and Layout II 3
GDTC1124 Interactive Design I 3
GDTC2120 Adobe InDesign II 3
GDTC2205 Adobe Photoshop II 3
GDTC2245 Adobe Illustrator II 3