Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for success in a wide variety of design-related disciplines through developmental Math and English contextualized for Design and Digital Fabrication. In addition to qualifying for entry-level positions in a variety of design fabrication facilities, the curriculum can be used as the first step towards a Certificate of Achievement, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Arts Degree or transfer to a 4- or 5-year institution for professional degrees. The Certificate offers a strong foundation in interdisciplinary Design Fundamentals, real world design processes, and prototyping technologies in a state of the art Fabrication Laboratory (Fablab). Additional emphasis is on marketplace needs for professional skills and practices including teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication ensuring an adaptable skill set for lifelong learning.

To enter the program, students first apply to the Design Technology Pathway at and after obtaining their assessment tests results, it is determined they require developmental Math and English. It is encouraged that students have a strong interest in a design-based career in one of the following disciplines: Architecture, Engineering, Fashion, Film or Television, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry, Manufacturing Technologies, Product Design, Theatre, Photography, Print Technology, and Robotics.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Originate creative solutions to basic interdisciplinary problems through design thinking methodologies.
  2. Apply appropriate technologies, strategies and calculations to develop successful design prototypes.
  3. Effectively communicate successful design solutions through audience specific verbal, written and visual presentation techniques and materials.
  4. Build productive teamwork through collaboration.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 15

Required Courses

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • ENGL 100 – Reading and Writing Skills (4)
  • MATH 402 – Prealgebra (4)
  • DT 100 – Design Technology (3)

Semester II

  • MATH 125 – Beginning Algebra (4)

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