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Fine Arts and Communication Division   (650) 949-7571


Graphic and Interactive Design 2017-2018

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The Graphic & Interactive Design Program offers training for careers in the exciting, dynamic fields of graphic design, website design, multimedia, illustration and digital publishing. Students enrolled in this program develop basic and advanced skills in the important processes of layout, design and drawing while cultivating proficiencies in the leading edge graphics software. Students receive a balance of instruction that includes visual arts and general education courses that are designed to produce a well-rounded, highly-trained graduate with sufficient expertise to be employable in an ever-expanding job market. For additional information visit foothill.edu/graphicdesign

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will understand the design process from sketching to final comprehensive.
• Students will be able to create unique graphic designs that communicate ideas to others.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: graphic design, print design, interactive design, advertising, marketing, publishing, illustration, graphic arts production, digital and traditional printmaking, cartooning, and fine art.

Units required for Major: 58

Units required for Certificate: 12-58

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (54 units)
• Support courses (4 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

AA = Associate in Arts Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].
SC = Skills Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].

Additional Information:

NOTE: Please see foothill.edu/graphicdesign for recommended course sequence to assist with student success.

Core Courses (54 units)

ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing (4 units)
ART 5A 2-D Foundations (4 units)
GID 1 History of Graphic Design (4 units)
or ART 36 History of Graphic Design (4 units)
GID 31 Graphic Design Drawing (4 units)
GID 33 Graphic Design Studio I (4 units)
GID 34 Graphic Design Studio II (4 units)
GID 35 Graphic Design Studio III (4 units)
GID 36 Typography (4 units)
GID 41 Digital Art & Graphics (4 units)
or ART 14D Digital Art & Graphics (4 units)
GID 56 Website Design (4 units)
GID 58 Web Design & Development III (4 units)
GID 60 Careers in the Visual Arts (2 units)
GID 61 Portfolio (4 units)
PHOT 5 Introduction to Photography (4 units)

Support Courses (4 units)


ART 15A Digital Painting I (4 units)
ART 15B Digital Painting II (4 units)
ART 20A Color I (4 units)
GID 2 The History of the Printed Book (4 units)
GID 37 Cartooning (4 units)
GID 43 Illustration & Digital Imaging (4 units)
GID 45 Digital Sound, Video & Animation (4 units)
GID 46 Screenprinting (4 units)
or ART 39 Screenprinting (4 units)
GID 47 Motion Graphics (4 units)
or MDIA 32 Motion Graphics (4 units)
GID 53A Beginning T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing (4 units)
GID 53B Intermediate T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing (4 units)
GID 53C Advanced T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing (4 units)
GID 57 Website Design & Development II (4 units)
GID 71 Storyboarding (4 units)
GID 77 Advanced Website Design & Development (4 units)
GID 78 Rapid Website Development (4 units)

Certificate of Achievement in Graphic & Interactive Design (58 Units)

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core and support courses. General education courses are not required.

Web Design & Development Career Certificate (20 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

GID 31 Graphic Design Drawing (4 units)
GID 56 Website Design (4 units)
GID 57 Website Design & Development II (4 units)
GID 58 Web Design & Development III (4 units)
GID 78 Rapid Website Development (4 units)

Graphic Design Skills Certificate (12 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

GID 33 Graphic Design Studio I (4 units)
GID 34 Graphic Design Studio II (4 units)
GID 35 Graphic Design Studio III (4 units)

Garment Printing Skills Certificate (12 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

GID 53A Beginning T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing (4 units)
GID 53B Intermediate T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing (4 units)
GID 53C Advanced T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing (4 units)

Illustration Skills Certificate (12 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

GID 31 Graphic Design Drawing (4 units)
GID 41 Digital Art & Graphics (4 units)
or ART 14D Digital Art & Graphics (4 units)
GID 43 Illustration & Digital Imaging (4 units)


Control Information:
2017-2018 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2017-04-11 09:42:47 | Dept Code: GID

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