Winter 2018 Advising Information

Download the Winter 2018 Advising 101 Cheat Sheet.

If you have questions, contact Brian Martin at bmartin@pierce.ctc.edu or 253-964-6473. Advising season gets rather busy so make sure to ask questions well in advance of when you need answers.

Most important thing: Register as close to your assigned time as possible. Late registration will cause headaches with a lot of closed and nearly full classes.

Special notes for this advising season: 

  • The bulletins are all online here: https://my.pierce.ctc.edu/webapps/classsched/scheduleViewCredit.aspx and it has an option to save a class to a list so you can make a list of courses you're interested in. To add a course to a class list, just open up the "Details" link and you're find a nice hidden button that will "Add Class to List." Just don't forget to print it out as if you navigate to another page your list will go away. It will also make a nice weekly schedule graph.
  • You can go here: https://my.pierce.ctc.edu/WebApps/MyPierce/StudentLogin.aspx to find your registration time and you can go here: https://my.pierce.ctc.edu/webapps/StuIntent/registration.aspx to register for classes.
  • All Pierce College students are required to complete COLLEGE 110 with a 2.0 within their first two quarters at Pierce unless you transfer in with 35 credits or another school's college success course. If this is you, make note of that otherwise they will not allow you to register. 

The suggested spring quarter track for all starting Digital Design students is to take the following 8 credits (which are evening classes):

  • DDSGN 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design and Rich Media (5 credits)
  • DDSGN 121 - Layout Design and Publishing (3 credits)
  • Plus at least 4 credits additional if needing full time

The suggested winter quarter track for all second quarter Digital Design students is to take the following 10 credits:

  • DDSGN 161 - Advanced Photoshop (5 credits) (part of the Choose Three section of the degree)
  • DDSGN 220 - Integrated Digital Design (5 credits)
  • Plus at least 2 credits additional if needing full time.

The suggested winter quarter track for all second year Digital Design students whose last quarter is winter is to take the following as part of their course load:

  • DDSGN 230 - Integrated Digital Design II (5 credits - online through Canvas)
  • DDSGN 290 – Supervised Internship (5 Credits – see Martin for details)

Second year students that wish to finish winter quarter would also need to take the DDSGN 220 - Integrated Digital Design I (5 credits hybrid) if they did not take it last spring.

Winter quarter sees FOUR online classes being offered that can count towards the core classes in the Associates in Digital Design. The DDSGN 131 can both count towards the "Choose Three" part of the degree or can substitute for DDSGN 130. The DDSGN 150 is a requirement for the Associates in Digital Design degree so it's recommended for any second-year student that did not take it fall quarter. The DDSGN 180 can both count towards the "Choose Three" part of the degree or can substitute for DDSGN 210. The MNGT is a "Choose Three" option.

  • DDSGN 131 (5) Techniques in Adobe Illustrator (online class)
    PREREQ: DDSGN 110 or instructor permission
    Production techniques in Adobe Illustrator. Class explores and implements vector imaging theory using fundamental concepts and processes to create works of art for print and the Web. A graphic tablet is recommended.
  • DDSGN 150 (5) Web Design and CSS (online class)
    PREREQ: CIS 121 or Instructor permission
    Develop skills necessary for effective delivery of content via the World Wide Web. Students develop Web sites using digital design programming, interactive techniques and associated tools. Students are also introduced to basic principles of site management, business strategies and information architecture.
  • DDSGN 180 (5) Fundamentals of 3D Game Design (online class)
    PREREQ: CIS 121 or equivalent computer experience. 3D modeling experience recommended.
    Learn how to make high quality 3D video games using Unity 3D. Students will learn game development design principles and practices. Learn how to create, acquire, modify and integrate assets such as sounds, music and 3D models all while learning how to build interactive 3D worlds.
  • MNGT 138 (5) Information Design for Business (online class)
    PREREQ: BUS 135
    Students will explore techniques and strategies for effective technical writing and writing for the web. They will look at how the use of typography, color, layout and design components influence the design of marketing pieces. They will learn the basic principles of information design for business and marketing and analyze how users read and process information on the web. They will study the pioneers of information design. The class will evaluate a variety of software and web applications used for web design, graphics creation and video editing. Students will create a multi-media marketing piece.

Credit Load Note: If you're working (i.e., you have a job) remember each college class is approximate a 15 hour a week commitment for each 5 credits. Do the math and only take a credit load that will allow you time to be successful.

As always you can take an advanced ART (like 112, 113, 202 or 203) and those can substitute for a Digital Design "Choose Three" degree requirement. The ART 260 Art in Motion: Real and Recorded can be counted as a substitution for ART 110 or ART 201. Classes not on our list, like ART 107 (Photography) or ART 204 (Watercolor) can NOT count towards the Digital Design degree but are still good classes to advance your artistic skills

The winter cheat sheet has a check list for the Digital Design degree, since we know some of you like check lists.

If you have questions, contact Brian Martin at bmartin@pierce.ctc.edu or 253-964-6473. Advising season gets rather busy so make sure to ask questions well in advance of when you need answers.

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Brian Martin
253-964-6473