Friday, January 13, 2012

AIGA San Diego City College Student Chapter SPRING Events

At San Diego City College we have a dynamic student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Get involved in these events and grow your contacts and knowledge of design.
AIGA SDCC Faculty Advisor: Professor Candice López

Friday, February 3: 5-8pm
Point Loma Nazarene University/Fermanian Business Center
3900 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Join us! One of the biggest annual AIGA San Diego Student Group event, UNITE. The event brings together students and professionals. Come and get inspired by local professional panel speaker and acclaimed Los Angeles designer, Margo Chase from Chase Design Group. This is the mini conference organized by the AIGA San Diego Student Group. Special thanks to AIGA San Diego City College board members Jasmine Jimenez and Vina Rathakoune for securing Margo Chase for this event.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Reception with live DJ
6:00 PM - 6:10 PM Welcoming
6:10 PM - 6:50 PM Margo Chase keynote speaker
7:00 PM - 7:40 PM Panel Speakers, Q & A
7:40 PM - 7:50 PM Raffle Prizes
7:50 PM - 8:00 PM
Keynote Speaker
Margo Chase, chase design group
Since founding Chase Design Group in 1986, Margo has consistently produced and led award-winning work in many areas of design. Recognized worldwide for her skill with custom typography and identity development, Margo is dedicated to creating client success through high-quality, intelligent creative. Her vision provides the fuel for Chase Design Group's growth and achievement.
Register Online: AIGA Student : $10, Non-AIGA Student : $20
AIGA Professional : $20, General Admission : $ 30
FREE with membership sign-up at the door

Process Workshop with SDCC Alumni Sara Correia & Desiree Aspiras
Friday February 17: 12:30-2pm
Room V403A on the San Diego City College Campus
Being a graphic designer is not easy. We have to create effective and engaging designs, usually on tight deadlines and often with hard-to-please clients. We have to have tools and techniques ready in our design arsenal to be able to inspire our creativity and explain and defend our designs to clients, art directors and account managers.

In this process workshop you will:

Learn more about what a typical process for a graphic design project can look like.

Understand why it is so important (professionally and mentally)
to nail down a process that works for you.

Get tips on how you can take steps towards finding a design process that will help you become a more productive (and calmer) designer.

See samples of how other designer have used process pages in their portfolios to communicate the process they used to develop their design concepts.
Friday March 2: 2-4pm
Bullet Proof your Design: Digital Pre-Press Workshop
2104 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113
(619) 233-5373
Please no parking in the parking lot, please park on Evans or Logan for this FREE workshop.

AIGA Y Design Conference
Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31st
University of San Diego
Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
The 17th Annual Y Design Conference features a dynamic line up of speakers around the theme:
What drives you?
There are special discounted rates for students and to view the full list of internationally recognized designers who will be speaking this year or register visit this Y Conference link.

Friday March 23
Trip to Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.
Named by Business Week as one of the 60 best design schools in the world. Connect with San Diego City College alumni who are now studying at this prestigious design school on scholarship.
Tour classes, see the amazing design projects in the gallery and see it for yourself.
Click here to learn more about Art Center.

Saturday May 12: 9am-2pm
AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review
University of San Diego
Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Attend the most exciting student event of the year as a participant or observer. Connect with leading design professionals and transfer schools and see local portfolios critiqued and judged.
Pictured above: Judie Le, SDCC student who won best branding/identity at the 2010 Portfolio Review and a $20,000 scholarship to Columbia where she is continuing her studies.
Student membership drive: February 1–20Another student membership drive will be in effect for three weeks only in February.
From February 1–20, students can join or renew online at My AIGA for just $50! New members please email Candice López at to get on the AIGA SDCC Mailing List.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SDCC Graphic Design Certificate and Degree Program

As we begin the Spring 2012 semester we are posting this listing of classes for the SDCC certificate and degree in Graphic Design. It is so important to take your classes in the right order as they build on each other. Take the beginning classes first, followed by the intermediate and then the advanced level.

A few changes are on the horizon for students who enter the program in the Fall of 2012. We will be deleting the freehand drawing class and making Typography 206 a requirement in the Intermediate level. Students will be able to choose from Illustration 120 or Book Arts at the beginning level.
Portfolio 148A [portfolio preparation] will become a requirement at the Advanced level.

Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Graphic Design
Living in an information-seeking society, we are surrounded by words and pictures. It is the task of the graphic designer to research, analyze, organize and make artistic order out of chaos. Graphic design students must learn to speak a global visual language and develop an awareness of the meanings and power of symbols and words. The products and services they design and promote will make a social and ecological impact. An emphasis is placed on using design to make a difference through social and humanitarian projects and practices.
Program Emphasis
Early emphasis is on the design process, form, color and typography. The elements and principles of design are applied to projects which include packaging, magazine production, and design and production of posters, logos and brochures. Guided by instructors who are working design professionals, students learn to design for the real world. They make decisions about issues of concept, format, imagery, type, printing and methodology. Computer and traditional methods are used to solve graphic problems. The program culminates in a professional portfolio which can be used to continue studies to a four-year university or obtain employment. The portfolio is critiqued by practicing design advisors and alumni.
Faculty Office Telephone
Candice Lopez T-310A 619-388-3560
Andrea Singer T-309A 619-388-3933
Career Options
Some careers in graphic design-related work require education beyond the associate degree. This list is not all-inclusive: advertising designer, art director, environmental graphic designer, graphic designer, type designer, illustrator, and magazine/editorial designer, multimedia designer, web page designer.
Academic Programs
Major requirements for an emphasis in graphic design for the certificate and associate degree require completion of the courses listed below. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units.
Certificate of Achievement: Visual and Performing Arts, Graphic Design
Students are provided with skills for entry-level employment in the graphic design field while also developing a portfolio in graphic design for jobs and/or specific university admission requirements.
*NOTE Take all beginning level classes first, followed by intermediate and advanced as the classes build on skills learned in previous courses.
ARTG 100, Basic Graphic Design
ARTG 106, Typography
ARTG 125, Digital Media
ARTG 118, Graphic Design History
ARTG 120, Illustration
ARTF 155A, Freehand Drawing I
ARTG 124, Intermediate Graphic Design I :Page Layout
ARTG 133, Intermediate Graphic Design II: Identity Systems & Packaging
ARTG 148B, Portfolio B [Spring only]

ARTG 149, Studio Practices Portfolio Preparation [Fall only]
ARTG 206, Advanced Typography [Fall only]
ARTG 144, Web Page Design
Total Units = 27

Associate in Arts Degree: Visual and Performing Arts, Graphic Design
The associate degree program offers employment skills, development of a portfolio in graphic design and offers courses for preparation for university transfer.
ARTF 110, Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic
ARTF 111, Art History: Renaissance to Modern
ARTF 155A, Freehand Drawing I
ARTG 100, Basic Graphic Design
ARTG 106, Typography .
ARTG 118, Graphic Design History
ARTG 120, Illustration
ARTG 125, Digital Media
ARTG 124, Intermediate Graphic Design I
ARTG 133, Intermediate Graphic Design II
ARTG 148B, Portfolio B [Spring only]
Total Units = 33
Recommended electives: Art- Graphic Design 126, 144, 148A, 149, 206, 270, 290; Art-Fine Art 210A; Photography 100, 105.

View some of our recent portfolios:

Thanks to SDCC portfolio class alumni who have posted their work to share. Please click on the links to view their stellar portfolios. Students who attend San Diego City College create portfolio books that can be used to obtain transfer to four year design programs or get an entry level job in the field of graphic design. Please click on the orange links next to each name to view their portfolio.

Desiree Aspiras Portfolio:
Class of 2011

Ying-Jen Lai Portfolio:
Her portfolio won best packaging design and the Doyald Young-best aesthetics at the 2011 San Diego American Institute of Graphic Arts Portfolio Review.
Class of 2011.

Judie Le Portfolio:
Class of 2010. Judie won the identity and branding category at the AIGA San Diego portfolio review and secured a huge transfer scholarship to continue her design studies at Columbia College in Chicago.

Larisa Mamonova Portfolio:
Class of 2011. Won the Doyald Young Logotypes and letterforms scholarship at the AIGA San Diego portfolio review.

San Diego City Portfolio Preparation:
Courses: Portfolio Preparation ART G 148A and Portfolio: ART G 148B

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Arts Class this Spring 2012

Please click on the image to enlarge it.

Book Arts on Mondays & Wednesdays this Spring from 1-4pm with Professor Andrea Singer.

CRN 94587

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012!

Looking forward to a great new year at San Diego City College Graphic Design.