Courses & Programs

Graphic Design Certificate

what will you learn?

Successful completion of the Graphics Certificate will include the creation of a portfolio which is required for transfer to upper level studies leading to a BA or BFA degree and for entry level graphics positions.


The portfolio, along with the experience in completing the courses, prepares the student for beginning a career in graphic design printing and publishing. The portfolio will include samples of work featuring such design basics as:

  • Logo development
  • Layout
  • Advertising design
  • Black & white graphics
  • Color graphics
  • Traditional layout
  • Computer layout
  • Computer imaging
  • Computer illustration

what will you do?

Continue your education or enter the workforce! Explore your options at the HCC Advising, Career & Transfer Center or at What Can I Do With This Major?

24 total credits

24 program requirements

A foundations course in art and design. The basic elements and principles of two-dimensional composition will be explored through the manipulation and organization of black, white, and gray media. Students will learn to think and communicate visually. Two 2 1/2 studios per week
Introduction to the basic concepts and methods used in producing visual advertising. Covers both practical and creative aspects in the fields of graphics, typography, and layout with emphasis on the production of a portfolio of work. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week Prerequisite or Corequisite: ART 121 or ART 123
Continuation of Commercial Art and Design I with additional focus on marketable graphic/design skills applicable to the field of printing and advertising. Emphasis will be on the aesthetics of design, technical proficiency in the production of camera-ready art, and understanding of the current and future methods in print production. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week Prerequisite: ART 256
Practical skills in the use of modern design/production equipment. Topics include a history of print, type specification, printing processes (historic & current), use of paper, color separation, use of screens, computer pre-press, and other methods used in print production. There will be an introduction of traditional layout and current computer layout. There are several field trips during class time. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per weekPrerequisite or Corequisite: ART 259
Develops a familiarity with the computer and the basics of desktop publishing working at a Macintosh terminal. Covers basic computer terminology and page layout with current layout software. The basics of illustration tools will also be introduced. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per weekPrerequisite: ART 256
An introduction to advanced software and terminology for illustration and layout. The current illustration software will be taught. This course will build upon the technical foundation developed in ART 259 and ART 256. It is also a good adjunct to ART 220 (Introduction to Illustration). Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ART 259 or permission of instructor
An introduction to digital imaging software and hardware. This course will include scanning, capturing digital images, and image manipulation with photographs. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week Prerequisite: ART 259
Provides students with a solid understanding of the effective use of graphics in Web design. Students will acquire skills with current Web design software with an emphasis on design and visual communication principles. This course builds upon the technical and creative foundations developed in ART 259. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per weekPrerequisite: ART 259 or permission of instructor

HUM 280 Cooperative Education I is not required, but highly recommended.