Program Description

The program prepares students with a portfolio to enter the product design profession as an entry-level designer. The courses develop a broad range of skills to seek employment in such diverse industries as product, transportation, environmental, entertainment and apparel/accessories design. Projects emphasize creativity, function, environmental, and social concerns.

Portfolios can also be used for transfer application to four-year and graduate programs.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Understand the innovative purpose of the product design profession and its integral role in the business world.
  2. Create hands-on projects that demonstrate product design processes which include problem definition, research, concept development and refinement, and final presentation.
  3. Analyze, evaluate and improve designs through the critique process.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required units: 33

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • ART 015 - Sketching for Design (3)
  • ART 016 - Perspective (3)
  • ART 031A - Color and Composition-Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • DT 008A - Introduction to Digital Design and Fabrication (3)

Semester II

  • ART 018 - Rendering (3)
  • ART 033A - Product Design Application (3)
  • ART 050A - Introduction to Graphic Design & Advertising (3)

Semester III

  • ART 033B - Product Design Application (3)
  • ART 036A - Jewelry/Metal Fabrication (3)

Semester IV

  • ART 025 - Beginning Sculpture (3)
    or ART 038A - Ceramics (3)
    or FASH 001A - Fashion Survey (3)
  • ART 033C - Product Design Application (3)

Recommended electives:

  • ART 001A - History of Western Art-Prehistoric to Medieval (3)
  • ART 004D - History of Modern Art (3)
  • ART 011A - Foundation of Drawing (3)
  • ART 026 - Sculpture (3)
  • ART 027 - Sculpture Technology-Metal Casting and MOld Making (3)
  • ART 031A - Color and Composition-Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • ART 034A - Crafts-Materials and Processes (3)
  • ART 034B - Crafts-Materials and Processes (3)
  • ART 036B - Jewelry/Metal Fabrication (3)
  • ART 036C - Jewelry Casting (3)
  •  ART 038B - Ceramics (3)
  • ART 038C - Ceramics (3)
  • ART 050B - Intermediate Graphic Design & Advertising (3)
  • ART 050C - Advanced Graphic Design & Advertising (3
  • ART 118 - Advanced Rendering (3)
  • BUS 002 - Personal Finance (3)
  • BUS 009 - Introduction to Business (3)
  • BUS 010 - Introduction to Management (3)
  • BUS 011A - Business Communications (3)
  • DT 008B - Intermediate Digital Design and Fabrication (3)
  • DT 008C - Advanced Systems Design & Fabrication (4)
  • DT 118 - A/E/C Modeling (3)
  • ENGR 002 - Descriptive Geometry (3)
  • ENGR 015A - Applied Mechanics-Statics (3)
  • MACH 220A - Introduction to Manufacturing Technology (3)
  • MRKT 020 - Principles of Marketing (3)
  • MRKT 133 - Marketing Trends (3)
  • PHOT 021 - Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)
  • WELD 044A - Introduction to Gas Welding (1)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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