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Certificate of Achievement

The Golden West College Design Certificate of Achievement was created to help prepare students with the fundamental artistic, digital and technical skills required for a career in Design. Popular design careers that our students pursue include; interior design, transportation design, toy design, industrial design, fashion design, furniture design, model making, rapid prototyping (RPT) and computer aided design (CAD) just to name a few.

The course of study includes the fundamental artistry, technical and digital knowledge and skills that are typically found in all of the professional design fields. Emphasis is placed on design theory, ideation, universal design principles, 2D and 3D visualization, artistry and model making, CAD, perspective and rendering, rapid visualization techniques, rapid prototyping, career options in design, materials and technical processes and portfolio development.

Completion of this certificate prepares successful students for employment as entry level designers, design interns, model makers, technicians, CAD designers and design entrepreneurs. The curriculum is transferable for those pursuing a baccalaureate design degree.

Students who complete this certificate will have many opportunities to create excellent examples of artwork in 2D and 3D for their professional portfolio, develop dramatic presentations, gain real world experience in student outreach community projects and participate in the semi-annual GWC Design Student Show.

Recommended sequence for completing certificate in two semesters.
Students may start courses in the fall or spring semesters.

Required Courses   Units

Design G101 
Or Art G107

Introduction to Design
Color and Design: 2D

Design G131 Perspective and Rendering Systems 3
Design G150 Design Drafting 3
Design G105 Intro to Design Materials and Technical Processes 3
Design G132 Rendering and Perspective Systems 3
Design G232 Rapid Visualization Techniques 3
  Total Units 17 or 18

These Golden West College Design courses articulate and are specifically approved for transfer directly into the CSULB BS Industrial Design Degree, BA Design Degree, BFA Interior Design and Interior and Architectural Design Degree Baccalaureate Programs.

Federal Gainful Employment Report
Use the link below to view Golden West College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
Federal Gainful Employment Reports