Designers create, plan and develop the objects and environments we use and experience in our everyday lives. Design is everywhere. Whatever we wear, sit on, drive, watch or listen to and work with – including our tools, electronics, vehicles, toys, furniture, home or commercial environments – a designer has had a hand in its creation and development. And there is an ongoing demand for new design.
The Golden West College Design Certificate of Achievement was created to help prepare students with the fundamental artistic, digital and technical skills required for careers in design. Popular design careers include; interior design, transportation design, toy design, industrial design, fashion design, furniture design, model making and computer aided design (CAD) just to name a few.
The Design Certificate of Achievement was created to help prepare students with the fundamental artistic, digital and technical skills required for careers in various design fields including interior, transportation, toys, manufacturing, fashion, furniture, and model making. The course of study includes the fundamental artistry, technical and digital knowledge and skills that are typically found in all of the professional design fields. Emphasis is placed on design theory, ideation, form and function, problem-solving, composition, individual creativity, universal design principles, 2D and 3D visualization, conceptual analysis, model making, CAD, perspective, rendering, rapid visualization techniques, rapid prototyping, materials, safety, individualized projects and presentations for portfolio development. Completion of this certificate prepares successful students for employment as entry level designers, design interns, model makers, technicians, and CAD designers. Students who complete this certificate will have many opportunities to create excellent examples of artwork for their professional portfolio, dramatic presentations, and participation in the semi-annual GWC Design Student Show.
Program Level Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate what they and other students have created.
2. Design and construct gallery shows, exhibits, and portfolio presentations for public review, critique and evaluation.
ART G107 – Color and Design: 2D – 3 units
DSGN G101 – Introduction to Design – 2 units
DSGN G131 – Perspective and Rendering Systems – 3 units
DSGN G150 – Design Drafting – 3 units
DSGN G105 – Introduction to Design Materials and Technical Processes – 3 units
DSGN G132 – Rendering and Perspective Systems – 3 units
DSGN G232 – Rapid Visualization Techniques – 3 units
Total units: 17-18
DESIGN G101 – 2 Units
Introduction to Design
This is an introductory course for both the general interest and design major student. It provides a survey of design in contemporary society including a variety of design career options. Design theory, practices and overview of art and design history will be covered. Emphasis will be on experiencing design through lecture, lab, field observations and projects. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G105 – 3 Units
Introduction to Design Materials and Technical Processes
This is an introductory hands-on course that enables students to apply their design ideas to plastics, wood and metal. Appropriate safety instruction for both hand and basic power tools is included. Lectures include information on safety, machine operation, basic materials, processes, fasteners, adhesives and finishes. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G131 – 3 Units
Perspective and Rendering Systems
This course provides the fundamentals of drawing detailed perspective systems and fundamental rendering techniques commonly used by designers for accurate and dramatic presentations. The course emphasis is on understanding and developing proper perspective techniques. Basic rendering techniques are introduced. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G132 – 3 Units
Rendering and Perspective Systems
The emphasis of this course is on progressive rendering techniques. Fundamentals of drawing detailed perspective systems are also reviewed. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G150 – 3 Units
This course provides an introduction to manual and computer aided drafting. Includes descriptive geometry; mechanism sketching; orthographic and isometric drafting; blueprint reading, printing and plotting. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.
DESIGN G154 – 3 Units
Modeling and Prototyping Techniques
Advisories: Design G105/Art G192 This is an intermediate course in the materials, processes and techniques for creating 3D mock-ups, models and prototypes used by designers. Students will use plastics, wood, metal and other materials for their presentation displays. Appropriate safety instruction for studio equipment is included. Lectures and demonstrations include advanced techniques in model making and finishing. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G170 – 3 Units
Introduction to 2D and 3D Digital Design
Advisories: Design G150
This course is an introduction to PC based 2D and 3D software used by designers. Lectures, demonstrations and coursework allow students to develop professional-quality, original artwork and digital images. This hands-on course focuses on introducing students to the basic tools and techniques used for creating and editing digital photographs and images. Students will be able to generate virtual 2D and 3D projects and subsequently utilize rapid prototyping techniques for making solid models. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G232 – 3 Units
Rapid Visualization Techniques
Advisories: Design G131 and G132, or completion of either G131 or G132 with concurrent enrollment in the other.
This course provides an introduction to technical drawing and rapid visualization techniques for the presentation of design concepts employed by professional design studios. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.
DESIGN G250 – 3 Units
Portfolio Development, Review and Critique
This course is for students who want to compile their design work into a portfolio that will catch the attention of a portfolio review committee, prospective employer or client. The emphasis of this course is on competitive portfolio development. This course will allow student to update their skills and portfolio to the most current design career standards. Lectures and demonstrations cover aspects of design portfolio planning and production. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.
Design courses provide the foundation for all Design majors. Examples of Design careers include:
- Industrial Design
- Fashion Design
- Interior Design
- Transportation Design
- Toy design
- Furniture design
- Model making
- Computer aided design (CAD)
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.
A.A., Santa Monica College B.A., M.A., California State University at Long Beach, further graduate study: Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design; California State University at Fullerton and California State University at Long Beach.