Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to follow a course sequence or can I just take specific courses?
It depends. Certain courses are required if you want to get a certificate or degree through CCSF. However, if that is not your goal, you can take any course you like provided that you meet the prerequisite(s) and/or co-requisites.

I don't have a computer. Are computers available?
The Visual Media Design Department has seven computer labs stocked with Macintosh desktop computers. They have all the software and fonts you need to do your homework. Open Lab Hours, during which any student in a VMD class can use these computers, are frequent. In addition, both Macintosh and PC labs are available in Batmale Hall.

I have no previous computer or design experience. Where do I start?
The first two classes to consider are GRPH 25, Digital Skills for Visual Media, and DSN 101, Design Fundamentals. Each class introduces core concepts that allow you to progress through the subsequent production and design courses. Students who know they want to study Multimedia can take MMSP 125, Multimedia Content and Form instead of DSN 101. If you see a degree or certificate program that interests you, follow the suggested order of courses.

I have previous Macintosh computer experience and want to skip the basic computer skills course, GRPH 25. How can I do this?
You can take the GRPH 25 Equivalency Test to challenge this prerequisite.

I have previous design experience and want to enroll in one of the advanced design courses. How do I do this?
You will need to contact the instructor who teaches the course you wish to enroll in. The instructor will ask to see samples of your work as well as transcripts from your previous schools. If the instructor approves your enrollment, he or she will submit a form to Admissions and Records that will allow you to enroll in the class.

I passed the Equivalency Test, and now want to enroll in an advanced digital class instead of the beginning class. How do I do this?
You will need to contact the instructor who teaches the course you wish to enroll in. The instructor will ask to see digital files of work previously done in the software program taught in the course. If the instructor approves your enrollment, he or she will submit a form to Admissions and Records that will allow you to enroll in the class.

I want to be more involved in the department then only taking classes. How can I get to know other students outside of class?
We have an AIGA Student Group you can join to meet other students and learn more about the profession.

I know I want to transfer. Does this affect what classes I take?
If you know you want to transfer, schedule a meeting with Lorraine Leber to discuss your course of study. Depending on what school you want to transfer to, your course sequence will vary. Many students choose to obtain their A.A. at City College, then transfer as a Junior. Be sure to talk to a Student Counselor about what general education classes you will need to take.

I need more information. Who do I talk to?

For questions regarding general course work, contact the Department Chair, Lorraine Leber.

For questions regarding web front-end development, contact Beth Cataldo.

For questions regarding graphic design, contact Lorraine Leber.

For questions regarding visual media production, contact Patricia Chytrowski or Dave Stevenson.

For questions regarding digital illustration, contact John Seckman.

For questions regarding digital or letterpress printing, contact Nathan Atkinson.