• Graphic Design Digital Assistant Career Pathway Certificate of Completion Curriculum

  • Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

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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.

    The Career Pathway Certificate of Completion is part of the longer Associate of Applied Science curriculum for the program-areas in Integrated Media (Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Photography or Video). Students that complete the first year of classes in their selected program may earn this certificate as part of the degree-seeking process. This three term certificate provides a basic understanding of the tools and processes of working in the creative industry. These skills are the foundation to entering the second year of the AAS program where more advanced skills, projects and methodologies are practiced and refined.

    The Graphic Design Digital Assistant CPCC focuses on training students to understand, manipulate and manage the elements of design – color, composition, typography – to create original designs. Students will learn to use the Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) as their core tool-set to prepare digital files for commercial reproduction and digital distribution. Students will create original vector art, manipulate and utilize raster images, create complex typographic compositions within the framework of the design and production processes.

    Students that complete the certificate should have the technical skill set for entry level positions as production artists within the design and printing industries.

    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 April 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 Integrated Media.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    GD150 Principles of Graphic Design 5
    IM121 Basic Vector Illustration 1
    IM122 Basic Image Editing 1
    IM123 Basic Sound Editing 1
    IM124 Basic Non-Linear Editing 1
    IM125 Basic Page Layout 1
    IM178 Integrated Media Overview 4
    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