Computer Graphic Design—Print Certificate (CGDC)

This certificate is for students with prior computer knowledge, business experience, or a degree in a computer-related field who wish to upgrade their skills for personal or professional use. You will learn basic techniques for creating effective promotional pieces such as advertisements, brochures, flyers, logos, and digital artwork through the use of state-of-the-art computer technology and the latest graphic design software. In addition to learning page layout software, design theory and techniques, and preparing design work for print, you’ll learn advanced computer skills such as digital imaging and electronic illustration.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
CGD101 Design Theory


    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement; CGD 104 (or co-requisite)

Note: CGD101 should be taken in the fall

CGD104 Digital Imaging


    Prerequisites: Basic computer skills;  ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: CGD104 should be taken in the fall

CGD109  or CIS 127 Introduction to Web Media or

Computer Technologies


    CGD Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; FYE101, RDG098, or placement

CIS Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

  CGD Professional Elective *


    Note: See Professional Electives listed below
CGD235 Typography in Visual      Communication


    Prerequisites: CGD101, 104, or permission of division dean

Note: CGD235 should be taken in the spring

CGD105 Electronic Illustration


    Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

Note: CGD105 should be taken in the spring

CGD240 Creative Web Design I


    Prerequisites: CGD109 or CIS127 (grade C or better) or permission of division dean

CGW majors: recommended CGD112 be taken concurrently with CGD240

Note: CGD240 should be taken in the spring

CGD103 Print Production for Designers


    Prerequisites or co-requisites: CGD101, 104, 105, 235

Note: CGD103 should be taken in the spring

                                                          Total: 24 credits

*CGD Professional Electives (Please consult with your advisor)

ART251    Two-Dimensional Design
ART263    Drawing I
BCT235    DVD Authoring
BUS125    Communication for Business and Industry
CGD102    Publication Design
CGD110    Introduction to Animation
CGD112    Communication in Multimedia Design
CGD204    Advanced Digital Imaging
CGD205    Digital Photo Art
CGD225    Advanced Electronic Illustration
CGD241    Creative Web Design
MGT110    Small Business Management
MKT142    Marketing
MKT241    Advertising
PHO115    Digital Photography
SPC113    Speech

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: Courses in this program can be applied to MWCC’s Computer Graphic Design–Print Degree.

Special requirements: CGDC students should either have a computer at home with Internet access and the Adobe Creative Suite or be able to spend time outside of class in the graphic design computer labs where Internet access and the Creative Adobe Suite are provided. A grade of C or better is recommended for students taking CGD courses. Students should follow suggested course sequence since most courses are not offered out of sequence. Some courses in the CGDC Print Certificate may be applied to the CGD Print Degree. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Graphic designers may be employed by advertising agencies, design firms, marketing departments, commercial art, reproduction firms, or printing and publishing companies. Also, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many graphic designers are self-employed.

Earning potential: $30,600 to $53,310.

Program Competencies for CGD, CGDC

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Exhibit a solid understanding of the fundamentals of design, including the elements and principles of design and typography as they are applied to the development of effective communication pieces for both print and web design. Students will have an understanding of the concepts of copyrights and intellectual property.
  • Possess a working knowledge of the design process especially how it relates to: audience definition, research, analysis, and concept development; the production of thumbnail sketches, rough drafts, and the preparation of final comprehensive print layouts and websites.
  • Transform digital images into new pieces of art through the use of Adobe Photoshop with emphasis on the creation of high-quality graphics for print and the web.
  • Create complex electronic illustrations and single page layouts with a solid understanding of the complex functions of Adobe Illustrator.
  • Have a solid working knowledge of the fundamentals of building websites using HTML, XHTML, CSS and Dreamweaver in code view, with the ability to design structurally as well as aesthetically.
  • Exhibit the ability to work with advanced graphic design principles, grids, typography, and advanced layout techniques while utilizing QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.
  • Possess a working knowledge of print capabilities, the printing process, and understanding pre-press techniques.
  • Prepare for the job market with career planning, skill assessment, resume writing, and interviewing, as well as compile a professional-quality portfolio for entering the job market or for transferring to a four-year program.
  • Manage and development client-based visual communication pieces with the use of effective design and layout while meeting strict deadlines.

Technical Standards* for CGDC, CGD, CGWC, and CGW

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Write at a college level as evidenced by completion of ENG098 or placement into ENG101.
  • Read and proof printed text from a computer screen, with or without corrective adaptive devices.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Perceive, interpret, and use graphic images in their entirety from a computer screen.
  • Perceive and use computer screen RGB colors.
  • Learn to operate a computer with sufficient manual dexterity to manipulate peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, and graphics tablets.
  • Be physically capable to work at a computer for a minimum of several hours.

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