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Functional art can be found everywhere, created by individuals with an eye for imagination and utility. Applied Art and Design can help you discover a way to use your artistic sensibilities in a practical way. Photography, design and computer graphics are just a few options available to you. Develop a portfolio, learn the trade in an internship setting, or transfer to a university. With plenty of imagination and opportunities, you can make your own career while making the most of your creative talents.

Applied Art and Design is an academic discipline which focuses on the principals and practical applications of art, design, photography, computer graphics, imaging and animation. Study of the foundations of design, creative problem solving, portfolio development, and internship experiences, all prepare students for transfer programs and career opportunities.

Within the A.A./A.S. degree or certificate options, students may concentrate in Graphic Design, Illustration, or Multimedia. Students who successfully complete the Applied Art and Design major can expect to find entry level employment in such areas as digital illustration, graphic design for print and internet, multimedia, animation, photographic retouching, and pre-press operation.

A.A. and A.S. degrees as well as certificates can be earned in the Applied Art and Design field. The certificate programs do not satisfy A.A./A.S. degree requirements but do qualify students for certificates in the field of study.

Career Preparation

Applied Art and Design prepares students for continuing study at four-year colleges or entry level jobs in such fields as graphic design, Web design, book illustration and design, packaging design, newspaper layout and design, advertising, computer game design, interactive training and animation.

Update Skills

Training is provided for working professionals needing to update skills in the rapidly changing field of digital media. Full semester-length courses as well as short-term intensive courses of study are available in both day and evening sections. Intensive workshop style courses are occasionally offered on current topics of interest to design professionals.

Artistic Expression

Applied Art and Design offers opportunities for the exploration of digital media as an avenue of artistic expression. Courses in digital photography and painting, as well as video editing, interactive media and animation all provide venues for personal creative expression. A number of courses are cross-listed with both the Art and Photography programs at Sierra College.

Lifelong Learning

Applied Art and Design welcomes students in their pursuit of lifelong learning. No specific career or artistic goals are needed to enjoy the challenge of learning to work in the field of digital media. The programs offers opportunities to learn to use increasingly common digital cameras, DV video recorders, scanners and printers for purely personal enjoyment and use.

Applied Art and Design—Graphic Design

A.A. or A.S. Degree

Successful completion of the curriculum in Graphic Design qualifies students for entry level positions in graphic design, Web design, desktop publishing and packaging design. This option also prepares students for transfer to a four-year college program in Graphic Design. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Graphic Design

Certificate

Designed for students interested in becoming proficient with design concepts, software and image manipulation related to creating print and publication design. Valuable for those preparing for a career as a graphic designer, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills for print design and publication software; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Graphic Design Gainful Employment Information

Applied Art and Design—Illustration

A.A. or A.S. Degree

Successful completion of the curriculum in Illustration qualifies students for entry level positions as digital illustrators for use in graphic design, advertising and book and card illustration. This option also prepares students for transfer to a four-year college program in Illustration. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Digital Illustration 

Certificate

Designed for students interested in becoming proficient in illustration. Valuable for those preparing for careers in illustration, animation and gaming, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Illustration Concentration Gainful Employment Information

Applied Art and Design—Multimedia

A.A. or A.S. Degree

Successful completion of the curriculum in Multimedia qualifies students for entry level positions as interactive media designers, computer game designers, interface designers, animators and on-line web designers. This option also prepares students for transfer to a four-year college program in Multimedia. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Multimedia 

Certificate of Achievement

The certificate in Multimedia qualifies students for entry level positions as interactive media designers, computer game designers, interface designers and on-line web designers. The certificate is designed to focus on providing specific career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Multimedia Concentration Gainful Employment Information

Digital Illustration

Skills Certificate

Designed for students interested in becoming proficient in illustration. Valuable for those preparing for careers in illustration, animation and gaming, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Graphic Design

Skills Certificate

Designed for students interested in becoming proficient with design concepts, software and image manipulation related to creating print and publication design. Valuable for those preparing for a career as a graphic designer, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills for print design and publication software; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Video Production and Editing

Skills Certificate

Designed for students interested in becoming proficient with video production and editing techniques, software and computer manipulation related to time-based media. Valuable for those preparing for a career in the video industry, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Visual Arts and Media

Skills Certificate

Designed for students interested in understanding visual media and becoming proficient in techniques for conceptualizing and creating visual images. Valuable for those preparing for a career in the visual arts and media, providing knowledge and technical skills applicable to digital art and design, communication studies, business and marketing, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Web Design

Skills Certificate

Intended for students interested in becoming proficient with software and technologies for creating webpage design. Valuable for those preparing for a career as a web designer, or for those upgrading their skills. This is a specialty skills certificate designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Design Process: Generate design solutions integrating concept, content and form, and produce a workflow consisting of the many phases of the design process.
  • Critical Thinking: Critique and communicate elements and principles of design as applied to contemporary and historical design.
  • Output: Create designs for various delivery methods such as print, web and multimedia, utilizing the appropriate formats required.
  • Labor Market: Prove a command of industry standard software applications in preparation for the job market in the fields of design, illustration and/or multimedia.
  • Legal Issues: Demonstrate knowledge of the key principles of copyright, fair use, public domain and the use of appropriated images and content in design projects.

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  • Image Location: W 201F
  • W 201F
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Andrew Armstrong Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Karen Ciola Part-time Instructor, Distance Learning, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Angelina Coughlin Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • W 222
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Matt Fertel Photographic Technician Specialist, Applied Art and Design

  • W 201 E
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Thomas Fillebrown Department Chair, Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • W 201 F
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Tom Fillebrown’s professional creative career spans 30 years in fine art and graphic design, including 13 years as Art Director for... More

Anthony Gill Photographic Technician Specialist, Applied Art Design

  • E 3A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Ric Hornor Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Clare Rickman Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Natalie Rishe Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • W 201F
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jeffrey Rochford Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Julia Ruess Part-time Instructor, Distance Learning, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Kevin Trivedi Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Marcie Wacker Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

David Arnold Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

John Baca Laboratory Technician Art/Applied Art and Design/Photography, Nevada County Campus

  • N10 102
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Dana Bruce Part-time Instructor, Photography, Applied Art and Design

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Allyn Carman Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Richard Downs Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Kenneth Gutierrez Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Betsey Leach Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

  • N1
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cesar Lopez Part-time Instructor, Applied Art and Design

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