Graphic Communications Certificate and Degree Program

Graphic Communications Certificate Program includes electronic and traditional printing, computer graphics, screen printing, letterpress and related areas. The discipline focuses on the creation, production, and reproduction in printed and digital form. Students are encouraged to adhere to electives noted for a rounded educational experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Use fundamental traditional and digital pre-press and reproduction skills for commercial print production
  • Select and use appropriate pre-press and production software and hardware
  • Demonstrate skills typically found in the commercial pre-press and print production field


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
GC 63/ART 63 Introduction to Screen Printing 3
GC 101 Introduction to Graphic Communications 3
GC 106* Advanced Screen Printing 3
GC 195* Graphics Studio 3
GC 210 Letterpress 3
GD 144 Typography 3
GD 147 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
GD 151 Digital Layout and Design 3
GD 154* Digital Pre-Press 3
Total Units for the Certificate 27

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.


Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: GD 140/ART 140, 141, 142.