Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit.
A student will have the option of choosing one out of six certificates available within the Graphic Communications (GRC) program:
1. Graphic Design - Major #8507 - Certificate of Achievementa. Courses include:
2. Digital Video - Major #8509 - Certificatea. Courses include:
3. Digital Media - Major #8508 - Certificatea. Courses include:
4. Motion Graphics - Major #8512 - Certificate of Achievementa. Courses include:
5. Social Media Content Design - Major #8513 - Certificate of Achievementa. Courses include:
6. Video Production - Major #8511 - Certificate of Achievementa. Courses include:
Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition. Review our Financial Aid website for further information.
There are required textbooks for this program, along with recommended textbooks that are a good reference as well as some free” open educational resources” required for some courses.
1. Graphic Design: $260.98
$37.00 Business Model Generation, ISBN:9780470876411
$29.00 Lean Startup, ISBN: 9780307887894
$35.00 Value Proposition Design, ISBN: 9780470876411 (FCC Bookstore)
b. GRC 15: No Textbook
c. GRC-17: No Textbook
d. GRC-20A: No Textbook
e. GRC-20B: No Textbook
f. GRC-30: No Textbook
g. GRC-31: No Textbook
h. GRC-39A: No Textbook
i. GRC-40A: No Textbook
j. GRC-55: No Textbook
2. Digital Video:
a. GRC-23: No Textbook
b. GRC-27: No Textbook
c. GRC-32: No Textbook
d. GRC-51: No Textbook
e. GRC-53 No Textbook
3. Digital Media:
a. GRC-22: No Textbook
b. GRC-24A: No Textbook
c. GRC-34: No Textbook
$54.95 Intro to Visual Communication, Second edition, ISBN:9781433142031 (FCC Bookstore)
e. GRC-51: No Textbook
f. GRC-53: No Textbook
4. Motion Graphics:
a. GRC-24A: No Textbook
b. GRC-31: No Textbook
c. GRC-34: No Textbook
$54.95 Intro to Visual Communication, Second edition, ISBN: 9781433142031 (FCC Bookstore)
e. GRC-47: No Textbook
f. GRC-51: No Textbook
g. GRC-53: No Textbook
5. Social Media Content Design:
$28.25 (digital) Business Communication Skills for Managers (Waymaker Bundle), ISBN: 9781640872288 (FCC Bookstore)
$92.00 (digital) Entrepreneurial Small Business (RRMCG), Sixth edition, ISBN: 9781260260540, (FCC Bookstore)
c. GRC-27: No Textbook
d. GRC-51: No Textbook
e. GRC-55: No Textbook
$140.00 (digital) MindTap Marketing, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Zahay-Roberts’ Internet Marketing, Fourth edition, ISBN: 9781337106764 (FCC Bookstore)
$24.99 Hashtag Authentic, ISBN:9781911127611 (FCCBookstore)
6. Video Production:
a. ENGL-15C: TBD
b. GRC-22: No Textbook
c. GRC-23: No Textbook
d. GRC-27: No Textbook
e. GRC-31: No Textbook
f. GRC-32: No Textbook
g. GRC-38: No Textbook
h. GRC-47: No Textbook
i. GRC-51: No Textbook
j. GRC-53: No Textbook
k. GRC-55: No Textbook
$52.00 Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals 1- v12.8, ISBN: 9781943446476 (FCC Bookstore)
$25.00 ABCs of Beautiful Light: A Complete Course in Lighting for Photographers, ISBN: 9781608957170 (FCC Bookstore)
$24.00 (Kindle) / $28.00 The Photographer's Guide to Drones, ISBN: 9781681981147 (Amazon.com)
A. Required Fees:
- Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
- Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at time of registration if the student so chooses)
- Parking pass ($30 per semester)
- Fall 2022 semester: Parking is waived
- Spring 2023 semester: Parking is waived
- Student ID Card ($5)
B. Some courses require additional materials fee for the following courses:
Some courses require additional materials that will be required or recommended. Instructors will review and demonstrate examples of supplies during the first week of class to ensure that you are successful in the program.
Graphic Communication Courses:
$12.95 - 16 GB flash drive
Estimated cost for materials: $12.95
C. Vendor Recommendations:
Each Graphic Communications certificate requires all students to have their materials prepared and purchased by the second week of classes. The following vendors are some examples where students may be able to purchase materials.
D. Technology Requirements:
- A laptop or Desktop (16 GB and 500 GB storage) with Windows 10 Operating Systems:
- Windows: 10
- Mac: MacOS 10.12 and above, must be able to run Windows 10 or above
- iOS: 11.0 and above (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration
- 1TB SSD (minimum)
- Windows: 75 MB permanent space on the hard drive
- Mac: 120 MB permanent space on the hard drive
- Additional Equipment:
- High Speed Internet
- Mouse with mouse wheel
- A cloud-based file storage platform, such as iCloud, Google Drive, DropBox, Lumion, Photoshop
* The Graphics Communications department offers the opportunity for students to use the computer lab or at the Fresno City library. Students can also check out a laptop if available. For additional information and hours of operations.
A student can pay in one or a combination of ways:
- Pay in person: Fee Payments or Tuition, Business office Holds, Refunds/Fee Reversals, Financial Aid Payments/Repayments, Billing, Parking Permits
- Business Office: Location OAB 151A (Old Administration Building)
- Pay online (directly using a credit card): You may pay online in Self-Service or follow the steps about making a payment.
- through a grant (review our Financial Aid website for grant information)
- or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs such as California's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) which provides employment training resources for adults and dislocated workers. For more information about how to qualify for ETPL.
The Graphic Communications certificates have the potential for entry-level to advanced skill sets in graphic communications, design, and production. Completion of the curriculum will provide entry-level skills and a general understanding of production techniques in web and graphic design. Students will work on projects from conception through output in print or internet publishing, as well as interactive digital media and digital video productions and re-purposing work for distribution. A potential resource for investigating jobs in the Graphic Communications field is: O*Net Online or Career Coach.
Yes! The Graphic Communications certificate is stackable — the units count —toward an associate degree in Graphic Design can be used as undergraduate coursework toward the transferring to a 4-year institution of higher education.
Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, however, if a student would like to complete the associates degree at Fresno City College along with the general education to successfully transfer to a 4-year institution of choice.
The Graphic Communications certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that your successful completion of this certificate can be used to apply for additional certificates and/or the associate degree.
The Graphic Communications certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that your successful completion of this certificate can be used as valuable training in conjunction with other visual media certificates. When the student applies for a bachelor’s degree program, the 4-year institution of higher education would make the decision as to which courses are fully transferable. Consult with a college counselor to discuss these opportunities.
This Graphic Communications program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through Self Service.
For more assistance with applying to Fresno City College, please access one or more of the resources below:
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If you are a first-time student, transfer student, high school student, graduating senior, or returning student, and would like to apply to become a Fresno City College student, start the enrollment process with the application, portal and email, orientation, advising, financial aid, and registration. Or feel free to join a Live Help via Zoom Session and find out more.
Extreme Registration (In person):
January 3rd, 2023: 1pm-6pm at Fresno City College Library
January 4th, 2023: 1pm-6pm at Fresno City College Library
If you are interested in dropping in for some academic counseling support, have registration questions, need financial aid assistance, or have questions about fees and payment, please join in one of the Extreme Registration activities listed above, or call 559-442-8226 during event hours to get placed in the queue or they can sign up through the virtual Kiosk. The Kiosk is closed until the day and time of the event.
January 3rd, 2023: Virtual
January 4th, 2023: Virtual
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If you have any questions about Ram Ready, please contact the College Relations Office by phone at 559.442.8225 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line “Ram Ready Question”. You can also visit the website to get further information.
New Student Registration Resources
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FCC offers live assistance on Zoom to assist students in filling out the online application, logging into the Student Portal, accessing Canvas and Self-Service, and more. Use the link below to view available support times and register to attend a live workshop.
For additional support and guidance about starting at Fresno City college you may visit or contact the Student Services office. The office supports campus wide efforts to improve service delivery, communication, collaboration and the social/personal development of students within the division and the campus as a whole.
Each Graphic Communication certificate is designed to deliver 4-5 courses for a total of 12- 15 units, over a period of eighteen weeks for each course. Typical this can occur over a two- semester period.
The Adobe ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) certification is available through successfully completing the GRC-300A course.
The Graphic Communication certificate instructor(s) can assist with job placement opportunities. In the second semester you could choose to take a course, AT-19, for a paid or unpaid work experience to build your resume and begin working in your field of study.