facebook icon
Skip to content

2022-23 RCC Catalog

2022-2023 Art, Humanities, Communication
Art, Humanities, Communication

Design and Digital Media

Certificate of Completion

About the Program

The Design and Digital Media three-term certificate program is designed to give students a solid foundation in layout/design concepts and computer graphics applications for print and web. These include desktop publishing, graphic illustration, digital imaging, and web page design. Students will also receive instruction in computer fundamentals including terminology, software use, hardware configuration, and operating systems.

All courses in the program have high academic standards and serve dual purposes: They prepare students for careers or serve as a vehicle for those wishing to learn specific skills. Courses can be applied to the two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Design and Digital Media as well as the Associate of Science (AS) degree in Emerging Media and Digital Arts transfer to SOU.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Students completing the one-year certificate in Design and Digital Media Certificate of Completion will be able to:

  • Apply the necessary skills to assist with the design process.
  • Create varied visual concepts in response to communication problems.
  • Utilize correct digital media tools to develop a portfolio.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Visual Art and Design Department Chair's approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathway Certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the credits in the program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Credits earned in this program can be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher-level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.


Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments


Concepts in Computing I 1


Required for graduation.




or designated placement score


Introduction to Expository Writing


or designated placement score

Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s):




      Check in with Advisor


Basic Design (Composition)




Digital Graphic Design I


fall/winter terms only


Electronic Publishing Applications I (InDesign)


fall term only


Digital Imaging (Photoshop)




Applied Algebra I


or higher-level math


Term Credits: 16





Basic Design (Color Theory)




Introduction to Drawing (Value)




Electronic Publishing Applications II (InDesign)


winter term only


Computer Illustration (Illustrator)




English Composition I




Term Credits: 16





Figure Drawing I




Introduction to Adobe Web Tools


spring term only


Digital Graphic Design II


spring term only


Production Graphics


spring term only


Psychology of Human Relations




Term Credits: 15



1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science course, CIS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information, contact the Visual Arts and Design Department.

Visual Arts and Design Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/vad
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711


2022-23 RCC Catalog