• Graphic Design Digital Assistant Career Pathway Certificate of Completion Curriculum

  • Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Catalog Year 2016-2017

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    All courses in this program are part of the Integrated Media: Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS.) Students may earn this certificate while pursuing the degree.

    This three-term certificate program trains students to use the elements of design— color theory, composition, and typography — to create original artwork. Students use Adobe Creative Cloud software applications (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat) to prepare digital files for print reproduction and online display; create original vector art and manipulate, retouch and resize images; and apply complex typography to written documents.

    Students can continue on into a second year to earn an AAS in Integrated Media: Graphic Design where students develop more advanced skills, acquire digital video experience and work on assignments that demand complex problem-solving and collaboration skills. Students completing the certificate should be qualified for entry level jobs as prepress technicians, production artists, design assistants, or graphics production.

    Certificate Outcomes

    At the completion of this certificate, students should be able to:

    • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Collaborate effectively with others
    • Demonstrate ability to adapt to changing technology
    • Use effective oral and written communication
    • Access and analyze information
    • Demonstrate curiosity and imagination

    Admission Requirements

    The Graphic Design Digital Assistant Career Pathway Certificate of Completion is an open-entry program beginning in the fall term only. Prospective students are admitted on a space-available basis after academic criteria has been met.

    Students must have a current record on file and meet the minimum prerequisites level in reading, writing and mathematics. This prerequisite skill level can be satisfied by placement into MTH060, WR115 and RD115 on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) or by completion of MTH020, WR090 and RD090 (or equivalent transfer courses demonstrated through official transcripts on file at MHCC). Call 503-491-7678 for information about taking the College Placement Test.


    Students can simply register on a first come, first served basis for fall term in mid May when the open registration period begins. Wait lists will be established for each option as the courses fill to capacity.

    Requirement for Continuing into Winter Term

    Students must have the consent of their faculty program adviser and meet the proficiencies of their fall program classes to continue into the second term of Integrated Media courses. Students will be provided with clear performance expectations when classes start in September.

    For more information, please contact an Integrated Media faculty adviser or visit www.mhcc.edu/IntegratedMedia.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    GD150 Principles of Graphic Design
    IM120 Computers and File Management
    IM121 Basic Vector Illustration
    IM122 Basic Image Editing
    IM123 Basic Sound Editing
    IM124 Basic Non-Linear Editing
    IM178 Integrated Media Overview
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    GD151 Color and Composition 4
    GD160 Typography Systems 5
    IM190 Web Basics 5
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    GD152 Concept, Creativity and Unity 4
    GD165 Digital Illustration 5
    Total Credits 38