The Multimedia, Design & Development certificate program will be discontinued as of fall 2020. New students taking classes starting in summer 2020 will not be eligible to earn the certificate. Please contact the College of Extended Learning for further information.
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The Graphic Design certificate offers students a solid foundation in design fundamentals, layout, color theory, typography, imagery and branding. The program is an ideal environment for creative and self-motivated students who specifically want to develop their technical proficiency, aesthetic sensibility and design expertise.
The Graphic Design certificate is scheduled to be completed in 15 months and has an estimated cost of $4,160. Each course in the track is individually priced. Students pay the course fees at the time of registration.
There are no formal requirements, but students are advised to fulfill the prerequisites prior to enrolling in advanced level courses.
Credit is recorded as continuing education units (CEU), which provide a standard of measurement for non-degree educational experiences. Continuing education units cannot be applied to a degree.
This program is part of CalJOBS, which provides employment training for adults and dislocated workers. Learn more about CalJOBS.
Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form:
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Design is not art. Design is not decoration. Design is about solving a problem. This class provides a practical introduction to the concepts of design history, color theory, composition, contrast and typography needed to understand and work in design. More importantly, students who complete this course will begin to understand why design goes beyond art and aesthetics. This class is for students interested pursuing careers in design or media.
For those interested in producing graphics to be used on mobile devices, the web, print, video or 3D, knowledge of this diverse image editing application is mandatory. Photoshop 1 focuses on three key aspects of the imaging process: scanning/importing from digital cameras directly into Photoshop, retouching and color correcting the image and learning to isolate specific image areas using a variety of selection tools.
Prerequisites: Photoshop 1
This class is for Photoshop users who want to expand their knowledge of Photoshop's capabilities and comprehend the differences between all those color modes, file formats and resolutions. It is also for users who learned earlier versions of Photoshop and now feel bewildered by all the new tools and panels in Adobe's latest version of the Creative Suite.
Prerequisites: Photoshop 1 and Illustrator 1 highly recommended
The course introduces the InDesign tools, panels and setting up workspaces for an efficient workflow and takes you to how to get creative with type and artwork and create layouts for multiple page documents such as books and magazines. This course for beginners will get you up and running, and give you a solid foundation upon which to build your skills. As the course progresses advanced and intermediate techniques will be introduced.
Illustrator is the vector drawing tool for art and Illustration. The course introduces the Illustrator environment and takes you beyond the basics to learn the many capabilities available to you in this application. In this course you will learn to create amazing graphics for web, print and film. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of Illustrator and will teach content at a beginner’s level. You will get a thorough introduction to the individual tools Illustrator offers and also gain a better understanding of how the program can be used as a go-to choice in virtually any workflow.
Prerequisites: Graphic Design and Illustrator 1
In this class we will explore the appearance, transparency, graphic styles, symbols and brushes panels. You will learn how to make opacity masks and to align and distribute objects using the Align panel together with the Crop Area tool. You will be introduced to live color, color guide, live paint, live trace, warping envelopes, blend and gradient mesh tools and surface mapping with 3D effects. You will create original patterns, brushes, symbols and graphic styles. Weekly assignments will guide you toward completion of a portfolio quality piece. Prepress, scripting and database issues will not be covered.
Prerequisites: Photoshop 1 or Illustrator 1
This five-week class will introduce the principles and uses of typography for print design. The class will allow students to produce portfolio-quality pieces. Many facets of typographic design will be discussed and practiced, including alignment indication, layout and presentation of the work. Lectures on typography design will discuss and showcase other mediums including film, television, environmental and web design. Students will cover any outside costs for this class, including printouts, mounting supplies, fonts etc.
13.5 CEU (135 Hours)