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Graphic Design

Graphic Design Program


Programs Associate Degree Certificate
Graphic Design


Graphic Design Courses

  • DIGM 31A, Photoshop I (1.50 units):
    Introduction to the use of Photoshop software for creating and editing digital images. Topics include retouching and restoration of photographs, color management, digital painting, and preparing images for printing. Requisites: none
  • DIGM 32A, Illustrator I (1.50 units):
    Introduction to the use of Adobe Illustrator software for digital illustration. Emphasis on the use of vector-based tools for artistic and technical drawing. Enhancement of illustrations through the addition of text, gradients, patterns, transparency, and effects. Requisites: none
  • DIGM 33A, InDesign I (1.50 units):
    Introduces Adobe InDesign software as a page layout tool and graphic design environment. Covers creation and styling of text and graphics to design posters, flyers, booklets, and brochures. Includes rudiments of design, typography, and color theory. Requisites: none
  • DIGM 33B, InDesign II (1.50 units):
    Using Adobe InDesign software as a desktop publishing tool for books and periodicals in print and electronic formats. Includes working with page numbering, multiple sections, and tables of contents; preflighting documents for publication. Prerequisite: DIGM 33A (completed with a grade of "C" or higher)
  • DIGM 41, Graphic Design Concepts (3.00 units):
    Introduction to the essential visual elements of graphic design. Exploration of the principles, concepts, and protocols used for effective visual communication. Cultivation of the designer’s creative process and problem-solving skills. Emphasis on strong conceptual development and solid craftsmanship through design execution. Projects explore creative development of graphic design ideas from start to finish. Requisites: none
  • DIGM 56, Graphic Design as a Profession (3.00 units):
    Introduces the work done by professionals in the field of graphic design. Explores the variety of areas in which graphic designers work (such as print design, web design, and package design) and invites students to apply their skills to those areas. Prerequisite: DIGM 41 (completed with a grade of "C" or higher)
  • DIGM 58, Problem Solving in Graphic Design (3.00 units):
    Acquaints students with the kinds of problems they would need to solve as professional graphic designers. Illustrates the kinds of needs that might be expressed by art directors or project managers, and provides students with a process for meeting those needs. Prerequisite: DIGM 56 (completed with a grade of "C" or higher)
  • DIGM 59, Advanced Graphic Design (3.00 units):
    Using industry-standard software (such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) to create professional-quality graphic design projects. Typical projects include books, product labels, and corporate identity packages. Prerequisite: DIGM 56 (completed with a grade of "C" or higher)
  • ART 45, Artist Portfolio and Self-Promotion (2.00 units):
    Development of an artist's portfolio and strategies for self-promotion of ideas and skills effectively in the working art world. Includes use of effective techniques of presentation. Requisites: none
  • ART 61, Illustration (3.00 units):
    Creation and execution of conceptual ideas in illustration. Includes a variety of mediums and contemporary application styles. Emphasis on skills in traditional draftsmanship, craftsmanship and presentation. Requisites: none


Mark Schaeffer, mschaeffer@chabotcollege.edu

Tim Jonas, peegonew@yahoo.com

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