Certificate of Achievement, Graphic Arts Entrepreneurship

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Graphic Arts Entrepreneurship prepares students for jobs in areas of graphic communications, including graphic design, advertising design, web design, videography, and motion graphics. This certificate also offers students who may want to start their own business the opportunity to get grounding in the basics of business and entrepreneurship. The graphic communication component of this certificate instructs in design processes and the application of the latest print and display-based graphics software. The entrepreneurship component of this certificate focuses on entrepreneurship basics, marketing and business plan writing.

This program has been submitted for approval to the US Department of Education for financial aid funding. It is not eligible for financial aid at this time. However, it will be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications 3
Math 3
MGT 212 Leadership and Human Relations 3
GRC 100 Introduction To Graphic Arts and Media Technologies 3
ENT 200 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENT 240 Marketing for Small Business 3
ENT 280 Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development 3
GRC 116 Introduction to Digital Art & Design 3
Program Electives 1 6
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

Consult with program faculty, academic advisor or catalog to ensure enrollment in most appropriate electives.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Business Speech Communications
Fundamentals of Speech Communications
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Business Calculations and Methods
Program Requirements
ENT 200Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
ENT 240Marketing for Small Business3
ENT 280Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development3
GRC 100Introduction To Graphic Arts and Media Technologies3
GRC 116Introduction to Digital Art & Design3
Program Electives
Choose 6 units from the following6
Introduction to Motion Graphics
Graphics Software Certification
Drawing for Animation
Commercial Printing Processes
Web Design I
Digital Video Production
Design Thinking & Methodologies
Typography I
Graphic Design I
Web Design II
Motion Graphics for Video
3D Modeling and Texturing
Portfolio Workshop
Introduction to Animation
Total Units30
  1. Students will understand and apply historical and current design theories and concepts in the production of visually engaging media that meets the requirements of the graphic communications industry.
  2. Students will acquire a broad skill set in current graphics related technologies, including computer software applications, processes and other production techniques used in the graphic communications industry.
  3. Develop a business plan for a graphic arts communications product or service which includes the creation, development and presentation of innovative ideas.