Applied Graphics (AA) Computer Studies Total Units: 40.5

Term Effective: Summer 2004

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2007

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.


The Applied Graphics major is designed to provide students with entry-level skills for business or industry in the field of graphic design, and is structured to provide a practical, hands-on experience in graphic fundamentals. The program addresses basic design principles, layout techniques, professional typographic treatments, computer applications, digital illustration, computer production techniques, offset printing requirements, and business practices. It provides the most current information, technology and equipment possible. Most of the instructors are practicing professionals in the field of graphic design. Students spend much of their time creating practical design pieces from initial sketches all the way through to final digital output that ultimately becomes an integral part of a professional student portfolio.

The graphics professional is a person who loves problem solving on a visual level. This individual enjoys collaborating with others to create effective communication pieces to address client marketing and advertising goals. The designer helps create identities, business systems, posters, flyers, brochures, book covers, advertisements, billboards, packages, magazines, newsletters, wine labels, web sites, compact disk packaging, etc. etc. Graphic design tends to be a fast-paced, deadline-driven profession that demands creativity, quick thinking, good organization, excellent technology skills and well developed visual as well as verbal communication skills.

The program is designed to address graphic design skill sets. The computer design core teaches students to use industry standard computer graphics packages in a project-based environment. The design and production fundamentals sequence addresses design, and offset printing fundamentals in a workshop setting with lots of feedback and group work as part of the curriculum. Additional coursework in business practices, and portfolio development helps to round out this very practical approach to instruction. Students will learn how to:

  • develop strong, effective visual communication concepts
  • communicate visually with hand-drawn sketches
  • create simple graphic treatments using basic illustration techniques
  • use the computer as a production and creativity tool
  • create mock-ups of all types of graphic design using hand skills
  • set-up computer files for off-set printing
  • use typography effectively
  • work with clients and printers
  • set up a freelance studio and bid graphic design projects
  • create a professional portfolio

The graphic designer has many employment opportunities in this exciting field including production artist, in-house graphic designer, free-lance designer, or computer illustrator. Many students in the program have jobs in the field before they graduate. We offer an intern program for qualified students to gain on-the-job experience with local businesses while acquiring new skills.

Students who complete the program work for a variety of businesses in the local community. Publishers hire them to do advertising design, production, PhotoShop work, layout, and design. Small businesses require data sheets, newsletters, websites, advertising and brochures. Graphic design studios need employees with strong computer backgrounds, good ideation techniques and precise mock-up skills. Many students graduate with the goal of owning their own free-lance businesses.

There is also a career certificate which is the second step in a career ladder. Students who have already completed the Graphic Design Production Fundamentals completion certificate will have fulfilled a portion of the Applied Graphics career certificate. For students interested in a career or completion certificate, see the Applied Graphics certificate site. More information about the Applied Graphics program may be found at the Applied Technology Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Applied Graphics program are:

  • Complete 40.5 units from
    • Applied Graphics Major Requirements
    • Applied Graphics Major Elective Requirements

Applied Graphics Major Requirements - complete 37.50 units
APGR 50Introduction to Typography3.00
APGR 51AIntroduction to Graphic Design & Production Fundamentals3.00
APGR 51BBeginning Graphic Design & Production Fundamentals3.00
APGR 51CIntermediate Graphic Design & Production Fundamentals3.00
APGR 51DAdvanced Graphic Design & Production Fundamentals3.00
APGR 52AIntroduction to Computer Based Design3.00
APGR 52BComputer Based Design 23.00
APGR 52CDigital Prepress: Computer Based Design 33.00
APGR 52DComputer Based Design 43.00
APGR 54.1Production Techniques in Illustrator3.00
APGR 57Tools, Methods and Materials3.00
APGR 65The Business of Graphic Design1.50
APGR 69Online Resources for Graphic Designers1.00-1.50
APGR 70Creating the Professional Portfolio1.50
Applied Graphics Major Elective Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
APGR 54Commercial Illustration3.00
APGR 54.2Digital Design Production and Process3.00
APGR 61Digital Design Production and Process1.50
APGR 62Long Publication Production1.50
APGR 64Contemporary Hand-Lettering, Type and Calligraphy1.00
APGR 67Commercial Illustration: Basics1.50
APGR 68Commercial Illustration: Digital Imagery1.50
APGR 71Creativity Techniques for Designers0.50
APGR 72Principles of Screen Design1.50
APGR 73Animation Design for the Web1.50
APGR 74Applied Design Graphics for the Non-Designer1.00
APGR 75Interactive Multimedia Design1.50
APTECH 53Computer Modeling & Animation with 3D Studio Max3.00
APTECH 56Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting2.00
ART 12Figure Drawing1.50-3.00
ART 18.1Introduction to Computer Graphics in Art1.00-3.00
ART 18.2Computer Graphics II1.00-3.00
ART 2.1Ancient to Renaissance Art History and Appreciation3.00
ART 2.2Renaissance to Modern Art History and Appreciation3.00
ART 2.3Modern Art History & Appreciation3.00
ART 24Introduction to the Art of Prints1.50-3.00
ART 27BSilkscreen Printmaking1.50-3.00
ART 3Introduction to Art & Design1.50-3.00
ART 36Elementary Photography3.00
ART 37Intermediate Photography3.00
ART 4Principles of Color1.50-3.00
ART 51.1Graphic Design: Principles of Visual Communication1.00-3.00
ART 51.2Graphic Design: Digital Imaging1.00-3.00
ART 51.3Graphic Design: Type & Letterforms1.00-3.00
ART 51.4Graphic Design: Digital Layout1.00-3.00
ART 52Graphic Design/Poster Production1.00-3.00
ART 57Advanced Photography3.00
ART 7ADrawing & Composition I1.50-3.00
ART 7BDrawing & Composition II1.50-3.00
ART 82Digital Photography1.00-3.00
ART 84Introduction to Computer Illustration1.00-3.00
CIS 173.50Adobe InDesign Exploration0.50
CIS 58.51ACreating Web Pages 1 - HTML1.50
CIS 58.51BCreating Web Pages 2 - HTML1.50
CIS 58.53AWeb Graphics Projects1.50
CIS 58.53BAdvanced Web Graphics Projects1.50
CIS 58.54Web Content Development4.00
CIS 58.55The Business of Website Production4.00
CIS 58.57Creating an Electronic Portfolio for the World Wide Web1.50
CIS 58.62ADreamweaver, Beginning1.50
CIS 58.62BDreamweaver, Intermediate1.50
CIS 58.65AAdobe GoLive, Introductory1.50
CIS 65.51Adobe PageMaker3.00
CIS 65.53Adobe PageMaker - Advanced Projects4.00
CIS 73.31AIntroduction to Adobe Photoshop1.50
CIS 73.31BIntermediate Adobe Photoshop1.50
CIS 73.31CPhotoshop Advanced Concepts4.00
CIS 73.33Painter1.50
CIS 73.35Adobe Illustrator 11.50
CIS 73.36More Graphics with Adobe Illustrator 21.50
CIS 73.37QuarkXpress3.00
CIS 74.11Microsoft Office3.00
CIS 75.21AIntroduction to Macromedia Director1.50
CIS 75.21BUsing Lingo Scripting for Authoring in Director1.50
CIS 75.31AIntro to Web-Based Animation with Flash3.00
CIS 75.31BIntermediate Concepts and Action Scripting with Flash3.00
CIS 83.17ACreating Web Graphics with PhotoShop and ImageReady 11.50
CIS 83.17BCreating Web Graphics with Photoshop and ImageReady 21.50
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience-Internship0.50-8.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


The Applied Graphics major consists of core courses and additional electives in an area of emphasis: Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia, Web Design, or Applications Specialist. (Please consult the program coordinator to select appropriate elective courses.

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