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DIGITAL ARTS

Business/Career & Technical Education Division

Chris Whiteside, Dean

For more information contact:
Mary Wallace

Division Coordinator
mwallace@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8792

The Digital Arts program prepares students for employment in the field of digital arts and graphic design. It consists of applied exercises in advertising thinking, visual communication, graphic design, and preparation of art for reproduction. Concept development and the generation of a portfolio suitable for job applications or transfer to a degree program is a major focus in each of the core courses.

The Digital Arts program provides students the opportunity to gain fundamental skills in the application and use of digital tools such as graphic design and web design in a project-based, hands-on environment. Digital Arts will equip students with deep knowledge of how to evolve complex concepts incorporating visual imagery, illustration, typography, 3D graphics and text into creative forms of communication delivered and experienced through print, web, mobile, and interactive environments.

The curriculum emphasizes the understanding of modern society itself and will prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to synthesize social questions into cogent design solutions. Major focus is placed on the attainment of critical, creative and technical proficiencies related to cultural products of mass communication across print media, the Internet, and mobile communication devices. The Digital Arts program challenges students to:

  • Become highly skilled in the professional execution of their ideas;
  • Explore the applied and artistic aspects of digital design and visual communications;
  • Responsibly address social, political and personal issues in their work
  • Digital Arts graduates are qualified to apply for entry-level jobs in such diverse fields as graphic design, web design, web development, mobile content design, environmental graphic design, or other creative positions requiring the skills of a digital artist.

Associate In Arts Degree In Digital Arts

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts Degree In Digital Arts

This major will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in applied design, digital imaging, graphic design principles, layout and design, and web page design. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Generate artwork utilizing advanced principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment.
  • Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of advanced level digital art projects.
  • Utilize software to generate advanced level digital art projects.
Required courses

Digital Arts G103 – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Digital Arts G170 – Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Digital Arts G174 – Introduction to Page Layout & Design – Adobe InDesign – 3 units
Digital Arts G177 – Graphic Design Principles on the Computer – 3 units
Digital Arts G178 – Introduction to Web Page Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G179 – Prepress – 3 units

Total units: 24


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts Degree In Digital Arts

Semester 1
Digital Arts G103  – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units

Semester 2
Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G170 – Graphic Design Principles – 3 units

Semester 3
Digital Arts G174 – Introduction to Page Layout & Design – Adobe InDesign – 3 units
Digital Arts G179 – Prepress – 3 units

Semester 4
Digital Arts G178 – Introduction to Web Page Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G177 – Graphic Design Principles On The Computer – 3 units

Major Total: 24 units
GWC GE, CSU GE Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

Graphic Design And Production Option Certificate Of Achievement

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Biotechnology Media Design Certificate Of Specialization

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Graphic Design Foundation Certificate of Specialization

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Graphic Design Advanced Production Certificate of Specialization

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Graphic Design Website Design Certificate Of Specialization

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Graphic Design And Production Option Certificate Of Achievement

This option will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in lettering, applied design, photography, and reproduction processes. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising thinking, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Generate artwork utilizing advanced principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment.
  • Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of advanced level digital art projects.
  • Utilize software to generate advanced level digital art projects.
Required courses

Art G115 – Typography – 3 units
Digital Arts G103 – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Digital Arts G152 – Using Photoshop, Intermediate – 3 units
Digital Arts G170 – Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Digital Arts G174 – Introduction to Page Layout & Design- Adobe InDesign – 3 units
Digital Arts G177 – Graphic Design Principles on the Computer – 3 units
Digital Arts G179 – Prepress – 3 units
Digital Arts G222 – Digital Imaging – 3 units

Total units: 30


Semester at a Glance – Graphic Design And Production Option Certificate Of Achievement

Semester 1
Digital Arts G103 Digital 2D Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Art G115 Typography – 3 units

Semester 2
Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G152 – Using Photoshop, Intermediate – 3 units
Digital Arts G170 – Graphic Design Principles – 3 units

Semester 3
Digital Arts G174 – Introduction to Page Layout &  Design- Adobe InDesign – 3 units
Digital Arts G179 – Prepress – 3 units

Semester 4
Digital Arts G222 – Digital Imaging – 3 units
Digital Arts G177 – Graphic Design Principles On The Computer – 3 units

Total Units: 30


Biotechnology Media Design Certificate Of Specialization

This certificate emphasizes the foundational digital media skills required to design and create professional media products for the biotechnology field. Students will develop conceptual pathways related to interdisciplinary STEAM fields, experiment with mixed digital media, including 3D modeling, and discuss the importance of research, models, and props in the design and execution of the final product.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Generate artwork utilizing advanced principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment in the biotechnology field.
  • Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of advanced level digital art projects in the biotechnology field.
  • Utilize software to generate advanced level digital art projects in the biotechnology field.
Required courses

Digital Arts G103 – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Digital Arts G195 – Introduction to Biotechnology Media Design – 3 units

Digital Arts G222 – Digital Imaging – 3 units
or
Digital Arts G230 – 3d Computer Modeling – 3 units

Total units: 15


Semester at a Glance – Biotechnology Media Design Certificate Of Specialization

Semester 1
DART G103 – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
DART G135 – Introduction To Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
DART G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units

Semester 2
DART G222 – Digital Imaging – 3 units
or
DART G230 – 3D Computer Modeling – 3 units

DART G195 – Introduction to Biotechnology Media Design – 3 units

Total Units: 15


Graphic Design Foundation Certificate of Specialization

This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of graphic design and also prepare students for upper division courses in Digital Arts. The focus is upon foundation graphic design skills in current industry standard software, typography and visual communication.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Generate artwork utilizing the principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment.
  • Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of digital art projects.
  • Utilize software to generate digital art projects.
Required courses

Art G115 – Typography – 3 units
Digital Arts G103 – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Digital Arts G222 – Digital Imaging – 3 units

Total units: 15


Semester at a Glance – Graphic Design Foundation Certificate of Specialization

Semester 1
DART G103 – Digital 2D Design – 3 units
DART G135 – Introduction To Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
DART G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units

Semester 2
ART G115 – Typography – 3 units
DART G222 – Digital Imaging – 3 units

Total Units: 15


Graphic Design Advanced Production Certificate of Specialization

This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of graphic design. The focus is upon graphic design skills in page layout and design, visual communication and prepress for the reproduction process.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Generate artwork utilizing advanced principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment.
  • Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of advanced level digital art projects.
  • Utilize software to generate advanced level digital art projects.
Required courses

Digital Arts G152 – Using Photoshop, Intermediate – 3 units
Digital Arts G170 – Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
Digital Arts G174 – Introduction to Page Layout & Design – Adobe InDesign – 3 units
Digital Arts G177 – Graphic Design Principles on the Computer – 3 units
Digital Arts G179 – Prepress – 3 units

Total units: 15


Semester at a Glance – Graphic Design Advanced Production Certificate of Specialization

Semester 1
DART G152 Using Photoshop, Intermediate – 3 units
DART G170 Graphic Design Principles – 3 units
DART G174 Introduction To Page Layout & Design – Adobe InDesign – 3 units

Semester 2
DART G177 Graphic Design Principles On The Computer – 3 units
DART G179 Prepress – 3 units

Total Units: 15


Graphic Design Website Design Certificate Of Specialization

This certificate will prepare the student for a career in the field of web design. The focus is upon web design skills in designing the look, layout, functionality and organization of websites.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the web page design process.
  • Design and build simple web pages.
  • Design and build advanced web pages.
  • Evaluate current web pages on the Internet.
Required courses

Digital Arts G135 – Introduction to Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
Digital Arts G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
Digital Arts G178 – Introduction to Web Page Design – 3 units
Digital Arts G180 – Introduction to Web Animation – 3 units
Digital Arts G200 – Advanced Web Design – 3 units

Total units: 15


Semester at a Glance – Graphic Design Website Design Certificate Of Specialization

Semester 1
DART G150 – Photoshop, Beginning – 3 units
DART G135 – Introduction To Adobe Illustrator – 3 units
DART G178 – Introduction to Web Page Design – 3 units

Semester 2
DART G180 – Introduction to Web Animation – 3 units
DART G200 – Advanced Web Design – 3 units

Total Units: 15

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DIGITAL ARTS G100 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Introduction to Digital Arts
This hands-on introductory course covers the fundamentals of scanner usage, digitals cameras, and printers as digital design tools. This course also introduces the student to an array of today’s popular software used in the Digital Arts environment. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G103 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Digital 2D Design
This course is an introduction to the basic visual vocabulary used by visual artists and designers. Using Macintosh computers and software programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Painter, students will explore the use of the computer as a design tool. Students will explore the concepts of line, mass, texture, color, light, harmony, composition, perspective, pattern, and illusion to develop an awareness of elements used to indicate form. Hue, value and saturation will be explored as an introduction to color theory. Students will learn ways to observe details in the environment around them and are encouraged to create meaningful art utilizing the visual elements of design. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G135 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
This course provides an introduction to the computer application Adobe Illustrator, a vector-based computer graphic program. This application has become the industry standard in computer 2D graphic projects. The class explores all facets of this computer program using the most recent edition. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G150 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Photoshop, Beginning
Use Adobe Photoshop for digital compositing, typography, image repair, video and web image construction for business, graphic design, the web and digital media fields. Consideration is given to Photoshop industry terms, legal “rules” for image usage, digital workflow, the tools and the basic functions of the software. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G152 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Using Photoshop, Intermediate
Advanced usage of Adobe Photoshop for digital composting, filter usage, typography and outputting as used in Business and the Web. Consideration is also given to photoshop terms, modes, color balance, shadows/reflections, light sources, the photoshop digital working environment, the tools and the advanced functions of the software. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G170 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Graphic Design Principles
Introduction to visual communication principles as practiced in the graphic design profession. These principles relate to the choice, placement, organization and theme management of graphic elements. These graphic elements are illustrations, photographs, symbols, blocks of type and decorative accessories. Class projects are fashioned after real world projects encountered in the first years of professional work. These projects are produced on computers in the Macintosh Lab using important computer applications encountered in most job sites. The class introduces process selection, problem-solving, client relations, production techniques, and print or multi media connections. Required of all graphic design majors. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G174 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Introduction to Page Layout & Design – Adobe InDesign
An introduction to electronic page layout and design using today’s popular software such as Adobe InDesign. This course includes beginning principles of document design combined with detailed software instruction that will enable the student to master basic principles of topography and publishing. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G177 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Graphic Design Principles on the Computer
A studio format class in the new computer lab where students use their acquired graphic techniques and talents to prepare portfolio quality graphic design. Using a variety of software programs the course combines graphics, illustration, lettering, and photography to communicate ideas and concepts clearly and effectively. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G178 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Introduction to Web Page Design
This course provides a basic introduction to designing and preparing images and media for the Web. The student will learn how to make interesting and dynamic-looking Web sites and Web graphics with the popular applications Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and WordPress. The student will learn to identify the audience, determine appropriate content, and assemble a Web site. The class will cover classic principles of design, how the principles apply to Web design, and the issues and constraints of designing complex, multi-layered sites. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G179 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Prepress
Advisories: Digital Art G174 or Digital Art G176
Preparing documents for output for both commercial printing and online distribution presents its own set challenges. This advanced Publishing & Prepress course is designed to use today’s software such as QuarkXpress, or Adobe InDesign to prepare not only a commercially acceptable portfolio, but to prepare the student to output professional quality documents for use in both print media and electronic media, using software with built-in support for both HTML and PDF files. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G180 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Introduction to Web Animation
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Web Animation Using Flash)
Advisories: Digital Arts G178
A basic introduction into what web designers and multimedia developers need to know to develop highly interactive content and animation graphics for the web and multimedia using Adobe Flash and Adobe Edge. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G195 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Introduction to Biotechnology Media Design
Advisories: Digital Arts G150
This course emphasizes the foundational digital media skills required to design and create professional media products for the BioTech field. Students will develop conceptual pathways related to interdisciplinary STEAM fields, experiment with mixed digital media, including 3D modeling, and discuss the importance of research, models, and props in the design and execution of the final product. Career options, self-promotion, and practical application of digital media skills will also be discussed. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G200 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Advanced Web Design
Advisories: Digital Arts G178
This course provides students with advanced web site production techniques. Exploration and projects in complex Internet communications using multiple computer applications, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and WordPress to produce state of the art commercial web sites and e-commerce shopping carts. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G222 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Digital Imaging
An introduction to digital imaging techniques with an emphasis on commercial subject matter. This course covers basic concepts, processes, and aesthetic interpretation of making digital imagery. It includes an overview of various computer applications using illustrative techniques as well as image and photographic manipulation. Two hours lecture, two hours non-lecture a week. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G230 – 3 Units
Course Outline
3D Computer Modeling
Advisories: Digital Arts G103
Using a 3D Modeling program, this course is an introduction to the design and planning of objects and lettering to be built into the wire frame components of computer animation. The student will create the parts that will combine to form such complex forms as wire frame objects, feature characters or title lettering. The objects will then be covered with surface material and rendered as a single frame 3D object for desktop publishing or put into an animated sequence to become a segment in a computer animation project. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G290 – 3 Units
Course Outline
Digital Design for Human Anatomy
Prerequisites: Digital Arts G195
Advisories: Biology G100
A 16-week introductory course in basic human anatomy that is paired with a 16 week Digital Design Lab (DART G290L), covering the major organ systems using state of the art 3D software as a learning tool. Material covered in this course will then be applied to anatomical digital designs students will be creating in DART G290L. This course is designed for students who have an interest in digital or biomechanical design, communications and biological technology careers. Will not satisfy transfer or credit requirements for biological science majors or paramedical biology majors (nursing, x-ray technicians, physicians assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapists, chiropractic, dental hygiene, pharmacy) and physical education majors. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

DIGITAL ARTS G290L – 1 Unit
Course Outline
Digital Design for Human Anatomy Lab
Prerequisites: Digital Arts G195
Corequisites: Digital Arts G290
This course is an advanced digital lab class in the use of digital media tools to create and commutate human anatomy and science. It is taught in conjunction with anatomy for design. The course is designed for students who are interested in a variety of design-related fields for the medical, biotechnical, and medical information services industries. The course will use, but not be limited to Adobe creative cloud, Autodesk 3D modeling software, mobile apps and related products. These digital media and computer technologies will be used to create images and designs based on human anatomy, physiology and mechanics. Lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Artist/Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Editor
  • Photographer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Multimedia artists/animators
  • Commercial and industrial designer
  • Public Relations Specialist

Most of the courses in this program  transfer to the California State University (CSU) system and Private colleges and universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Avery Caldwell
Instructor, Digital Arts
B.F.A., M.Arch., University of California, Los Angeles.

acaldwell3@gwc.cccd.edu