Graphic Design Certificate

The Graphic Design Certificate (C2_GRP2) is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood and LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Visual Communications Department.

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Program Description

The visual communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future. This program provides students with skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production. The demand for these skills comes from a variety of industries including advertising, consumer products, education, entertainment, government, legal, manufacturing, medical, petroleum, publishing, transportation, and video production.

The visual communication associate of applied science degree is awarded for successful completion of 65-67 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses based on specialization.

This degree has five areas of specialization: graphic design, multimedia, video and post-production, web design, or 3D animation. Both the graphic design and multimedia degree programs are recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) as having curriculum that aligns with the national industry defined and industry-recognized skills standards.

Students completing the degree or certificate are prepared for entry-level positions. Certificates are available within specialization areas in graphic design, motion graphics, video and post-production, multimedia design, 3D animation, and web design. These certificates provide an opportunity to acquire technical skills in two to three semesters.

The general education core courses will transfer to a variety of universities, and the degree articulates to many area universities. Please see the department chair, faculty, or advisor for specific information.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ARTS 1311 Design I - 2-D 3
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3
ARTC 1317 Design Communications I 3
ARTC 1313 Digital Publishing I 3
ARTC 1302 Digital Imaging I 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ARTS 2311 Design III 3
ARTC 2313 Digital Publishing II 3
ARTC 2305 Digital Imaging II 3
ARTC 1353 Computer Illustration 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:


Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ITSW 1310 Introduction Presentation Software 3
IMED 1316 Web Design I 3

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:


Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ARTC 2347 Design Communication II 3
ARTC 2348 Digital Publishing III 3
IMED 1345 Interactive Digital Media I 3
ARTC1 2335 Portfolio Development for Graphic Design OR 3
ARTC1 2380 Cooperative Education -
Commercial and Advertising Art

TOTAL First Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Graphic Design Certificate:



  1. Capstone course