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Graphic Design Fundamentals Certificate of Completion

The Graphic Design Fundamentals Certificate of Completion introduces students to the fundamentals of Graphic Design. Students will complete five courses (15 credit hours).

There are no software requirements.

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What is design really? The fundamentals, problem solving and history of Graphic Design-Course Cluster

  • GD 116 Problem-solving and Idea Generation

    This course explores methods for generating original solutions to the creative problems faced in graphic design. The importance of research and research methods will also be emphasized.
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  • GD 210 Design Basics

    This course analyzes fundamental elements and principles of design necessary to solve graphic design problems. Topics including grids, hierarchy, contrast, balance, and color will be applied to print- and web-based projects. Problem solving and critical thinking skills will be further developed.
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  • GD 215 History of Contemporary Graphic Design

    This course examines the history of contemporary graphic design. Students evaluate and discuss contemporary design issues with emphases on the evolution of visual communication and its impact on contemporary design.
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Plus the following:

  • GD 220 Fundamentals of Print Design

    This course examines the basic fundamentals specific to print design. The topics explored include typography, grid implementation, layout, white space, and color. Students will learn how a project goes from an initial idea to a final printed product.
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  • GD 230 Fundamentals of Web Design

    This course provides a theoretical overview of issues relating to web design. Topics include web standards, design problems, accessibility/usability, and hosting. Projects are based on research and presentations rather than technical applications.
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