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Gainful Employment Disclosure for Graphic Communications Certificate

Purpose: Germanna Community College’s certificate in graphic design will give the student an exposure and overview of the field of graphic design. Studies in drawing, fundamentals of design, color theory and use of the computer as a design tool will be incorporated into the classes. The student will gain knowledge in layout and design, typography, print production and studio procedures. Awareness of the many faceted career options will be explained. The understanding of the field of graphic design and its role in the workplace will help the student to pursue more fully one of these avenues of study. A portfolio of work will help the student enter internships and advanced studies at a 4-year institution.

Occupational Objectives: Graphic design, advertising design, environmental design, illustration, production artist, digital imaging, web design and other related occupations.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in graphic design, art history, general education and electives. Students are urged to consult with a faculty advisor in selecting elective courses. The final course, Portfolio and Resume Preparation (ART 287), requires students to develop and submit a portfolio of their art work for approval by the instructor(s), and suitable for presentation.


Program RequirementsCredits

ENG 111 College Composition I3

ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3

ART 121-122 Drawing I-II8

ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 4

ART 183Introduction to Computer Graphics 3

ART 283-284 Computer Graphics I-II 8

ART 287 Resume and Portfolio Preparation1

Elective Graphics elective1 3-4

Total Minimum Credits33-34

Suggested Scheduling

First Year


ENG 111 3

ART 1803

ART 1214

ART 1314

Total Credits14


ART 102 3

ART 1224

ART 1803

Total Credits11

Second Year


ART 284 4

ART 287 1

Graphics Elective 3-4

Total Credits8-9

1 Graphics electives could include ART 116, 132, 141, 261, 265, and PHT 264