Certificate of Achievement, Graphic Communications

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Graphic Communications prepares students for jobs in areas of graphic communications. This includes graphic design, advertising design, web design, videography, and motion graphics. The program instructs in both theory and application on the latest print and display-based graphics software. GRC certificates are for students who may have a degree or have industry experience and are looking for certification in their field.

Recommended Course Schedule

For a detailed program course schedule, please contact the GRC Program office at 775-673-7291.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
Certificate Requirement 1 9
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Human Relations 1 3
Certificate Requirement 1 12
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

See program recommendations or requirements.

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
Or select from the following:
Composition I
Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Technical Communications I
Technical Communications II
Writing Poetry
Writing Fiction
Introduction to Group Communication
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Or select from the following:
Workplace Readiness
Principles of Management
Organizational Behavior
Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment
Business Calculations and Methods
Fundamentals of College Mathematics
Or select from the following:
The Business Chef
Principles of Statistics I
Principles of Statistics II
All other MATH courses 100-level or above
Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Statistical Methods
Certificate Requirements
Select 21 units from the following:21
Introduction To Graphic Arts and Media Technologies
Introduction to Digital Art & Design
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

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 graphic communications industry.
  • 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.