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Web and Graphic Design combines visual communication skills with computer technology to share ideas and information in traditional, digital, print, and web formats.

Clark’s program builds a first-year foundation of art and technical skills and progresses into advanced study of Web and Graphic Design practices.

Students learn on industry-standard technology that will prepare them for entry-level employment or the ability to transfer to a four-year institution.

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Combining Artistic Style with Technical Skills

The need for functional design is always in demand. Companies stay relevant in today’s market by creating visual content that is approachable and useful. At Clark, students work on industry standard equipment and software to combine their creativity with technical skills.

Classes takes place in a group setting, creating a team dynamic to learning. Students collaborate on real-world client projects for local nonprofits and small businesses, putting their skills to use while building a portfolio of work.

Clark’s Art and Computer Graphics Technology Departments offer degrees that include and Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design and an Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) in Web and Graphic Design. These degree options allow students to continue their education beyond a certificate of proficiency.

Career Opportunities 

Employment opportunities for Graphic and Web design exist in a variety of formats: web designer, graphic designer, marketing assistant, and production artist.

According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment for Graphic Design jobs have an estimated median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro of $29.86 per hour.

Degree Options

Computer Graphics Technology
The Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) program at Clark College provides hands-on learning with technologies used to create visual communications, digital imagery, integrated media, and applied technology solutions. Students taking our courses have an interest in computer graphics, multimedia, web design or graphic design. Our students' needs range from wanting specific software training, to acquiring a set of skills, to pursuing a certificate or degree.

CGT offers Career and Technical Education programs designed to prepare students for employment in various creative and technical disciplines. Please see our Career Pathway flowcharts for various job titles in the web and graphic design industry.

Our curriculum consists of two specialized certificate programs in Web Design or Graphic Design. These certificates can lead to one of our comprehensive AAT degrees in Web and Graphic Design or Web Development. Students may also be interested in the ART Department's Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) transfer degree in Graphic Design.

Students are encouraged to meet with a CGT program advisor to discuss options, help plan your course schedule, tour the facilities, and talk with current students. Students must complete all Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award. Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirement Section of the Clark College catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Graphic Design (CP)
The Graphic Design Certificate prepares students to conceptualize ideas, create original artwork, and develop visual design solutions. The program provides a foundation of aesthetic and technical skills through the study of fine art principles, the design process and graphic design practices. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, contextual project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as freelance graphic designers, production artists, digital graphics specialists, marketing assistants, or other graphic art production and support roles within a business.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
or
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART 103
DRAWING I
3 cr.
ART 110
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT
3 cr.
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 145
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I
3 cr.
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 103
INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT
4 cr.
Graphic Design
ART 172
GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPLORATION
3 cr.
ART 173
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I
4 cr.
ART 174
TYPOGRAPHY
4 cr.
ART 208
DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
4 cr.
ART 215
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
ART 270
PUBLICATION PRODUCTION (3 credits required)
1-9 cr.
ART 271
PUBLICATION DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 273
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
or CGT 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 73
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Recognize and apply foundational art theory.
  • Place design projects and issues in context of society and culture.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage graphic design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate graphic design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in graphic design practice.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
Web Design (CP)
The Web Design Certificate prepares students to create web graphics, integrate media, and design websites. The program provides a foundation of aesthetic and technical skills through the study of visual design concepts, multimedia technologies and web design practices. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, real client project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as a freelance web designer, production artist, web content designer, e-marketing assistant, or other web-related production and support roles within a business.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
or
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART 110
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT
3 cr.
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 118
TIME-BASED ART AND DESIGN
4 cr.
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 104
WEB MULTIMEDIA CONTENT I
4 cr.
CGT 201
WEB VIDEO PRODUCTION
4 cr.
Graphic Design
ART 215
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
Web Design
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
CGT 105
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 106
SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLORATION
3 cr.
CGT 205
WEB DESIGN I
4 cr.
CGT 206
WEB DESIGN II
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
or CGT 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 73
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply fine art theory and design purposeful projects relevant to audience needs.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate web design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in web design practice.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Synthesize multiple media assets with appropriate interactions and functions.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.
  • Effectively organize and manage web design projects.
Web & Graphic Design (AAT)
The Web & Graphic Design AAT degree prepares students for professional practice in the field of visual communications. The program builds a first-year foundation of aesthetic and technical skills and progresses into advanced study of web and graphic design practices. Students learn to effectively communicate ideas and information in a variety of traditional, digital, print, web and other media formats. Essential skills are developed through practical hands-on experience, real client project work, a focus on professional skills and building a portfolio of work. Graduates can seek employment as freelance designers, production designers or coordinators, content managers or publishers, marketing communications specialists, or entry-level web or graphic designers.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
or
PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
 
PTCS 110
PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
or
SOC& 101
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
Fine Art Foundations
ART 110
CREATIVITY AND CONCEPT
3 cr.
ART 115
TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 118
TIME-BASED ART AND DESIGN
4 cr.
Computer Graphics Technology
CGT 101
PHOTOSHOP RASTER GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 102
ILLUSTRATOR VECTOR GRAPHICS
4 cr.
CGT 103
INDESIGN PAGE LAYOUT
4 cr.
CGT 104
WEB MULTIMEDIA CONTENT I
4 cr.
CGT 201
WEB VIDEO PRODUCTION
4 cr.
Graphic Design
ART 172
GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPLORATION
3 cr.
ART 173
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I
4 cr.
ART 174
TYPOGRAPHY
4 cr.
ART 215
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
ART 271
PUBLICATION DESIGN
4 cr.
ART 270
PUBLICATION PRODUCTION (3 credits required)
1-9 cr.
ART 273
GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II
4 cr.
Web Design
CTEC 160
WORDPRESS I
5 cr.
CTEC 122
HTML FUNDAMENTALS
4 cr.
CGT 105
USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
4 cr.
CGT 106
SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLORATION
3 cr.
CGT 205
WEB DESIGN I
4 cr.
CGT 206
WEB DESIGN II
4 cr.
CGT 214
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
4 cr.
or CGT 240
CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
4 cr.
or CGT 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (4 credits required)
1-5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 99
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Effectively organize and manage web design projects.
  • Use written, verbal and visual means to effectively present and communicate web design projects.
  • Demonstrate work and business ethics in web design practice.
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Apply fine art theory and design purposeful projects relevant to audience needs.
  • Synthesize multiple media assets with appropriate interactions and functions.
  • Generate original ideas and utilize processes toward solving visual communication problems.
  • Implement tools and technology to realize visual ideas.
  • Interact, collaborate and implement projects with peers, clients or others in various work environments.