Bakersfield College


Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement

The program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in graphic design related fields such as: advertising, graphic design, illustration, and digital imaging. The core learned disciplines are the principles of design, an understanding of the visual elements, exposure to art and design history, conceptual visual problem solving, and the production of a portfolio using industry-standard software and processes.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles, elements, and language common to graphic design.
  • demonstrate the ability to critique their own work, as well as the work of other students; and defend their creative choices verbally and in writing.
  • demonstrate an understanding of a portfolio or “body of work”.
  • demonstrate the ability to use industry standard software and hardware to complete projects.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of images and typography to create successful design solutions.
  • demonstrate an understanding of historic and contemporary graphic design practices.

To achieve the Certificate of Achievement

Upon completion of the following courses with at least a “C” grade in each course, a student will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design.

Total Units: 18

Required Courses

Course # Title Units
ART B20 Digital Art - Vector 3.0
ART B24 Digital Art - Raster 3.0
ART B16 Digital Photography 3.0
ART B25 Typography 3.0
ART B40 Digital Illustration 3.0
ART B41 Advertising Design 3.0
ART B42 Graphic Design 3.0