This program meets the needs of individuals who intend to work in areas requiring both print and web design expertise. Courses integrate creative design and visual communication skills with professional-level software proficiencies in print and web graphics, production, and publishing.  Working with page layout, design and composition, illustration, color, text/photo manipulation and interactivity, participants develop leading-edge aesthetic and technical abilities in designing and producing print publications and websites. This innovative certificate is the first in the region to integrate both print and web design and the only one that may be completed in one year.

The certificate path is ideal for someone seeking a structured program or a credential representing completion of a rigorous course of study from a prestigious professional college of art and design. To earn the certificate, courses must be taken for credit. 


Depending on your needs and interests, courses may also be taken individually for credit or noncredit.


REQUIRED COURSES                       To register

Digital Design*                                 Credit          Noncredit
Computer Illustrator                                 Credit          Noncredit
Digital Imaging with Photoshop                                 Credit          Noncredit
Design with WordPress**                                 Credit          Noncredit
Page Layout with InDesign                                 Credit          Noncredit
Color Pre-Press Production                                 Credit          Noncredit
Web Design I: HTML & CSS                                 Credit          Noncredit
Web Design II: Dreamweaver & Advanced Codes                                 Credit          Noncredit

*Or Intro to Computer Graphics & the Mac Environment                                                                              **Or Flash Interactive Design                                                                                                                                ***Or Advanced Dreamweaver

Courses do not have to be taken in listed order provided prerequisites are met.



Each course meets once a week in the evenings for ten weeks. Students taking one course each quarter complete the program in two years. Students taking two courses each quarter complete in one year. It is recommended that students who wish to complete the program in one year contact the CE Department for advising on how best to sequence courses.



Digital Design

This course develops proficiency in operating the Mac as applied to learning the basic design tools and protocols of Adobe Creative Suite’s major programs: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. There is a combined emphasis on acquiring hardware and software skills with an understanding of design fundamentals, principles of composition, and visual hierarchy in contemporary digital design.  Hands-on projects include creating, importing and editing images, as well as text and graphics in a variety of formats to develop a better understanding of computer-aided design, digital workflow and visual communication. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience including using a mouse, navigating the Internet, and saving files. Note: Certificate candidates who do not need this course may substitute Digital Photography with Lightroom or Graphic Design Studio at any time during their program.


Digital Imaging with Photoshop

Photoshop is the essential tool for digital image manipulation in graphic design, web design, and photography. Participants in this course develop digital imaging software skills, as well as applied theoretical and technical skills in solving visual design problems. Projects provide detailed coverage of Photoshop’s vast array of tools, filters, and procedures including resolution issues, retouching, color work flow, camera raw, image adjustments, compositing, and masking. A folio of digitally generated and manipulated images is completed. Prerequisite: Digital Design (or Intro to Computer Graphics & Mac Environment), which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent experience.


Page Layout with InDesign

InDesign is a sophisticated publishing software tool combining powerful typographic and page layout controls with an array of creative options. Encompassing design concept, final packaging and PDF creation, projects develop proficiencies in producing superb typography and accurate page layouts for both print and web. Topics include importing text, manipulating graphics, controlling colors, setting master pages, and working with layers. Students progress from the basics of creating a single page to advanced skills for publishing complex materials with dynamic professional effects. Prerequisite: Digital Design (or Intro to Computer Graphics & Mac Environment), which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent experience.


Computer Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is used to create the high resolution illustrations essential for contemporary print, web, video, animation, and multimedia design. Participants learn techniques for developing professional images and working efficiently with various modes, panels, and settings. Projects utilize the full range of selection, organization, drawing and editing tools used to create quality vector artwork. Color and typographic libraries are explored along with basic design disciplines for both. Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Graphics & Mac Environment (may be taken concurrently) or equivalent experience.


Color Pre-Press Production

This course focuses on the processes, color management, and quality control procedures for graphic communications production. Participants acquire skills in all phases of prepress and the preparation of full-color, print-ready digital files for service bureaus and printers. Topics include color naming, bleeds, image resolution, color correction, proofing methods, and onscreen vs. spot color usage. Best practices leading to professional output are emphasized. Pantone Matching System and four-color process CMYK applications are covered, as well as offset lithography, digital printing and specialty printing techniques. A field trip providing first-hand experience is included. Prerequisites: Digital Design (Intro to Computer Graphics & the Mac Environment) or Page Layout with InDesign and Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent experience.


Design with WordPress

Learn how to design and build full-featured websites by using WordPress, a free, open-source website publishing platform that is easy to use. Students are introduced to major web development languages through customizing the WordPress core and learn how to build custom websites through examining the architecture of WordPress and covering both and self-hosted websites. Projects include creating a WordPress account and inserting text and multimedia, as well as utilization of custom themes, widgets, and plug-ins. Live websites are used to address WordPress implementation issues. Additional topics include Search Engine Optimization techniques, introductory web analytics concepts, and the incorporation of web analytics techniques in a WordPress website. Prerequisites: Digital Design (or Intro to Computer Graphics & the Mac Environment) or equivalent experience.


Web Design I: HTML & CSS

Web Design I introduces students to best practices in web and user interface design as well as HTML (HyperText Mark-Up Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and related coding languages that provide the foundation for building web sites. Instruction includes the following topics: user experience design, design criticism, grid systems, typography for the web, and technical trouble-shooting. At the end of the course, students will have generated a site that is based on current professional practices in web design. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging with Photoshop or equivalent experience.


Web Design II: Dreamweaver & Advanced Codes

Building upon a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, Photoshop and Illustrator, students learn Dreamweaver and advanced coding methods for developing web sites based upon professional standards. Projects incorporate the fundamentals of interaction design principles and production values for creating high quality web pages. Topics include working between software applications, advanced CSS and HTML, file management, advanced grid systems, and technical trouble shooting. At course end, students have generated a site that is visually dynamic, user-friendly, and technically complex. Prerequisites: Digital Imaging with Photoshop and Web Design I: HTML & CSS or equivalent experience.



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