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Graphic Design

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Graphic Design develops the knowledge and skills required to create graphic designs, including images, layouts, typography, packaging, motion and interactive graphics, and branding in various print and digital media. This certificate prepares students for employment and upgrades the skills of persons employed in occupations such as production artists, graphic designers, and art directors. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Graphic Design is also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Graphic Design (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5173
Total Credits Required
34
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

This program replaces:
CCL/5633 Digital Arts: Graphic Design
CCL/5684 Media Arts: Graphic Design

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Create designs to project specifications, demonstrating professional competence in research, planning, production, and presentation.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills, the creative process, and historical and visual literacy to solve visual, technical, and conceptual problems.
  3. Analyze design solutions to analyze their effectiveness.
  4. Apply industry standard tools and research to develop effective media, designs, and workflows.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative practices.
  6. Communicate design solutions that meet audience needs and recognize cultural and individual differences.
  7. Create a collection of works (e.g., capstone, internships, and/or portfolio) that reflect professional competency.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

$38,190

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
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.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Graphic Design (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=154924).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021