Glendale Community College - Glendale, AZ | Arizona Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Glendale Community College-Glendale

School Summary
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
(623) 845-3000
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:

About Glendale Community College

Glendale Community College is located in the heart of Glendale, Arizona, about nine miles northwest from downtown Phoenix. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a division of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The GCC 147-acre main campus located in the middle of the city features palm-lined walkways, flowering courtyards and conversation areas where students can relax, study or socialize. GCC has played a significant role in the development of the surrounding communities since its dedication in 1965, growing to meet the area's needs with the opening of the GCC North campus in 2000.

GCC's department of computer applications offers a certificate of completion program in Web design for those interested in designing and maintaining Web pages for personal or small business use. The program is designed to be completed within one year.

The slightly more involved Web developer certificate program aims to prepare software developers to manage and develop corporate Web systems using interactive applications.

GCC's department of computer graphic design and multimedia offers 2-year AAS degree programs in both graphic and multimedia design, plus a certificate program in graphic design that may be completed in as little as one year. Both AAS degree programs require completion of the general education core requirements. The graphic design certificate program eliminates the need to complete general education courses.

The AAS degree program in multimedia includes required courses in computer graphic art, electronic color principles, the designer's tools series, computer animation, scriptwriting, and video production. Students then choose a specialization for further study.

  • The digital animation track
  • The design and interactive imaging track
  • The Web publishing design track
  • The media imaging track
The department also offers several certificate programs designed to be completed within one year.
  • The advanced imaging and animation certificate
  • The drawing for animation certificate  
  • The Web publishing design foundation certificate  
  • The Web publishing design and authoring certificate, a level above the foundation certificate

GCC's interior design program -- with a one-year certificate in home furnishings and materials -- is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the residential home furnishings industry, including basic design elements and principles, color theory, historical architecture and furniture, fabrics, and other materials used through the home environment.

GCC offers a two-year AAS degree program in video production technology. This program focused on providing students with marketable skills in video production, including a detailed understanding of video equipment operation, video terminology, directing and production experience, and professional television studio operation and management.

For those interested in the field of architecture, GCC has a department of computer-aided drafting and design. The CAD technology two-year AAS degree program gives students the knowledge and hands-on training to develop CAD design skills, plus the core knowledge of drafting standards, mathematics, and engineering technology required to begin or advance a career in computer aided design. Students may choose the architectural specialization option, requiring additional coursework in architectural software, residential and commercial CAD, building codes, and structural details.

Scholarships may be available at GCC for prospective and continuing students. Additional scholarships may be granted through local high schools and community organizations.

GCC offers more than 25 student organizations including the Animation Club, Ceramics Club, the GCC Gaucho Players, The Voice student newspaper, Midnight Metaphors Creative Writers Club, and the Traveler Arts and Literary magazine. The music, theater, and dance departments of GCC offer many programs to the community, including a variety of concerts, two theatrical shows each semester directed by faculty and staff with open auditions, two dance concerts and several workshops each year featuring the GCC student dance companies, and art exhibitions presented by the Associated Student Government with exhibitions from local artists in a variety of media. An exhibition of artwork by the art department faculty is held in the spring semester. The annual Student Art Exhibit offers opportunity to see and share the variety of art media and experiences offered through the art department at GCC.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,