Graphic Design Certificate
- Fifteen month program
- Enter the workforce quickly
- Full program offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood and LSC-North Harris
- Partial program offered at LSC-Montgomery, LSC-Tomball and LSC-Online
- Visual Communications Department
The goal of the Visual Communication program is to create a stimulating learning environment for students where they can pursue their specific interest within six areas of professional study: graphic design, multimedia, web design, video and post production, motion graphics and 3-D animation. Design services, publishing, advertising, public relations, computer systems design and related services contain areas of employment for the visual communication graduate.
Courses in the Graphic Design track emphasize conceptual communication and innovative designs by offering an understanding of ideation, visual organization, typography, and production tools and technology. Students learn to design and/or create graphics to meet specific needs such as packaging, logos, displays, websites, publications and various digital media.
The Visual Communication Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 credit hours that include a common core of academic and a selection of technical courses based on specialization. A certificate in graphic design is structured to be completed in 2-3 semesters and is designed to provide a core understanding of the specific area without the need of other academics required in a degree. A certificate may be beneficial for a working professional who wants or needs to update or expand their knowledge and skills to benefit their employment in the industry.
Please contact the Visual Communications Department for more information.
|First Semester Courses||15 Credits|
|ARTC 1302||Digital Imaging I||3|
|ARTC 1317||Design Communication I||3|
|ARTC 1353||Computer Illustration||3|
|IMED 1301||Introduction to Digital Media||3|
|ARTS 1316||Drawing I||3|
|Second Semester Courses||15 Credits|
|ARTC 1313||Digital Publishing I||3|
|ARTC 2305||Digital Imaging II||3|
|IMED 1316||Web Design I||3|
|ARTS 1311||Design I - 2-D||3|
|First Semester Courses||15 Credits|
|ARTC 2313||Digital Publishing II||3|
|ARTC 2347||Design Communications II||3|
|IMED 1345||Interactive Digital Media I||3|
|IMED 2315||Web Design II||3|
|ARTC 2335-or-ARTC 2380||Portfolio Development2-or-Cooperative Education - Commercial and Advertising Art2||3|
|Graphic Design Certificate Program Total||45 Credits|
Median wage: $41,8141
Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:
- Graphic Designer2
- Production Artist2
- Visual Designer2
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