Course Descriptions

These courses will be taught in a Remote* learning environment that happens in real-time.

Prince George’s Community College offers classes in the most popular software packages found in advertising and graphic design firms: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. These courses are primarily for those who want to learn design and layout for advertising, marketing, sales, and promotion purposes.

  • Discover techniques for creating digital images, illustrations, and layouts.
  • Address fundamental concepts in color, typography, and composition.
  • Create flyers using Illustrator; produce programs, brochures, newsletters, etc., using InDesign.

Some classes, such as Photoshop and Digital Photography, have a fine art and commercial appeal and may also be applied to web design.

Requirements

You will need the Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign CC 2021 version). 

PGCC Certificate—Digital Graphics Suite

Students are eligible to receive this certificate after successfully completing these courses:

  • TEC-801 Real World Graphic Design
  • TEC-802 Digital Publishing with InDesign

Call 301-546-0873 or email itcerts@pgcc.edu to request your certificate. (Certificates of Completion are not issued for individual classes.)

TEC-801 Real World Graphic Design

This course is a series of projects aimed at solving the "real world" problems ordinary people and graphic designers face in their daily life as designers and business owners. All the projects in this course offer practical demonstrations of how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign software. Although the projects are practical examples of the type of work one might encounter, they are also fun and impressive examples of what you can achieve with this powerful software.

$240* (includes $90 lab fee).

Summer 2024 Session

09521 | 6/4 - 6/18 | 6:00–9:00 p.m. | Tue/Thu | Remote

Fall 2024 Session

12198 | 9/10- 9/26 | 6:00–9:00 p.m. | Mon/Wed | Remote

TEC-802 Digital Publishing with InDesign

This course offers a wide range of information to help you maximize the versatility of InDesign for e-publishing. This course follows real-world graphic design, allowing you to understand platforms and devices and how to design them by creating media-rich content for multiple formats. Students will make a 12-page booklet of their choice, including using their own pictures, and learn how to set the pages up and publish the book on e-pub.

$270* (includes $95 lab fee).

Summer 2024 Session

09522 | 6/22 - 7/6 | 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Sat | Remote

Fall 2024 Session

12199 | 10/1- 10/17 | 6:00–9:00 p.m. | Tue/Thu | Remote

TEC-803 Computer Graphic Design     

In this course, designed to provide a survey of the role of the computer in visual communication design, students will receive basic training on the primary types of software and peripherals with which designers must be familiar. This includes painting-type software as well as structured graphics (vector) applications. Students will be encouraged to develop creative approaches to projects coupled with increased technical proficiency. Meets concurrently with credit course ART-1570.

$470* (includes $50 lab fee).

Fall 2024 Session

12160 | 8/31 - 12/7 | 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Sat | Remote

TEC-804 3-D Digital Modeling/Animation     

The focus is on three-dimensional modeling and animation techniques, with an emphasis on creativity, originality, and experimentation. Various software packages will be used to create 3-D stills and animated sequences complete with sound and special effects. A survey of modeling techniques and examples from a variety of industries will be provided. Students will also be expected to have an aptitude for learning a variety of software packages. Meets concurrently with credit course ART-2670 for the entire semester.

$470* (includes $50 lab fee).

Fall 2024 Session

12161 | 8/31 - 12/4 | 3:30 –6:15 p.m. | Mon/Wed | CAT 113

TEC-805 Two-Dimensional Design 

This course introduces the organization of visual elements on a two-dimensional plane. The elements of art and principles of design are examined through lectures, demonstrations, and related studio problems for students to explore and solve. Students will develop techniques for handling a variety of art materials. This class meets concurrently with ART-1510.

$420* (includes $150 lab fee).

Classes not offered at this time. 

TEC-806 Lettering Typography and Layout

This course is designed to deepen the students' understanding of the fundamental publication and presentation design. The overall goal of the course is to expand the student’s ability to explore creative solutions for text-based visual information. This class meets concurrently with ART-2570. Prerequisites: Students are required to have an understanding of digital media and hardware current to the graphic design.

$420* (includes $150 lab fee).

Classes not offered at this time. 

*Remote

Learning in real time

Students who take a remote class will meet online via Zoom in your Canvas course at scheduled times with set deadlines and due dates. Students will ​also access learning materials, assignments, and participate in discussions via Canvas.

Contact Information

Phone: 301-546-0752
Email: itcerts@pgcc.edu