Advanced Certificate, Graphic Arts and Media Technology

Program Description

The Advanced Certificate, Graphic Arts & Media Technology, offers advanced classes that further develop skills for employment, and serves as the third year of an on-site four-year 3+1 degree program. The program instructs in both theory and application of graphic design for print, display-based, and time-based media, including current graphics software and technologies. Students completing the Advanced Certificate will be eligible to enter the fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts program.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
BUS 330 Business Presentations 3
ENT 240 Marketing for Small Business 3
ART 260 Survey of Art History I (or other Core History Course) 3
GRC 300 History of Graphic Arts and Media Technologies 3
GRC 355 Graphic Design II (or other Production Elective) 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
GRC 353 Commercial Printing Processes II (or other Production Elective) 3
GRC 310 Typography II (or other Production Elective) 3
GRC 375 Modeling and Animation (or other Production Elective) 3
VIS 310 Digital Cinema II (or other Production Elective) 3
GRC 390 Junior Capstone 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

Admission into the Advanced Certificate Program requires either completion of the Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Arts & Media Technology or completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Communications. Note: students with an AAS may also need to complete Fine Arts/Humanities (3) and Science (3) courses. All students must satisfy General Education Certificate requirements of Communications (3), Mathematics (3), and Human Relations (3) courses.  Program Advisement is highly recommended. Please contact the department to make an appointment or for more information.

Core Business Course
BUS 330Business Presentations3
ENT 240Marketing for Small Business3
Production Elective Courses
Choose five classes from the following list:15
Typography II
Commercial Printing Processes II
Graphic Design II
Web & User Interface Design
Modeling and Animation
Digital Cinema II
Digital Animation II
Any other 200 or 300 level GRC or VIS course 1
Core History Courses
GRC 300History of Graphic Arts and Media Technologies3
Choose one from the following list:3
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
Women in Art
Special Topics in Art History
Core Capstone Course
GRC 390Junior Capstone3
Total Units30

Must be courses not used for the AA GAMT 3+1 transfer degree.

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Understand and apply historical and current design theories and concepts in the production of visually engaging media that meets the requirements of the graphics industry.
  • Acquire a broad skill set in current graphics related technologies, including computer software applications, processes and other production techniques used in the graphics industry.

The Advanced Certificate, Graphic Arts & Media Technology are designed for students who plan to transfer to the BA degree in Visual Media offered by Nevada State College and taught on the TMCC campus. Please see transfer agreements for more information.