Graphics and Multimedia: Degree OptionsGraphics and Multimedia: Degree Options

Graphics and Multimedia: Degree Options

The Graphics and Multimedia program at California University of Pennsylvania offers three options to students including a four-year Bachelor’s degree, a two-year Associate’s degree, and a 21-credit minor.

The major differences of each program are:

  • The Bachelor’s of Science degree is a four-year, 120-credit program in which students are exposed to a wide variety of courses related to Graphic Communications. Students then apply the skills they have learned throughout their coursework during a 3 or more credit internship.
  • The Associate’s of Science degree is a two-year, 62-credit program in which students are exposed to several elements of Graphic Communications. This program does not require an internship.
  • The minor is 21 credits. Students from various majors can benefit from a minor in Graphics and Multimedia including: marketing, journalism, communications, graphic design, and art.

To view the specifics for each program, click on the links on the left. For a description of each of the courses in the Graphics and Multimedia major, you can view our Course Catalog.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years. 

First Semester – 16 credits

CourseCredits

**ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

*GCM 100 Graphic Communication Processes I

3 crs.

*GCM 101 Time-Based Media                   

*GCM 180 Multimedia Foundations

3 crs.

3 crs.

**MAT 181 College Algebra

3 crs.



**UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

1 cr.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

**BUS 100 Introduction to Business 

3 crs.

3 crs.

*GCM 200 Graphic Communication Processes II    

*GCM 225 Digital Layout and Design  

3 crs.

*GCM 240 Desktop Publishing

3 crs.



General Education Course

3 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*GCM 220 Black and White Photography

3 crs.

*GCM 302 Lithographic Techniques

3 crs.

**MGT 300 Principles of Management

3 crs.

Natural Science Course

General Education Course

3 crs.

3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*GCM 211 Screen Printing Techniques

3 crs.

*GCM 320 Digital Video  

3 crs.

*MKT 320 Principles of Selling

3 crs.

Approved MGT/MKT or GCM Elective

General Education Course

3 crs.

3 crs.


Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*GCM 300 Digital Photography

3 crs.

*GCM 330 Flexography and Package Printing

3 crs.

*GCM 331 Web Publishing

3 crs.

Approved GCM Writing Course

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*GCM 340 Computer Animation and 3D Imaging

3 crs.

*GCM 342 Estimating and Cost Analysis  

3 crs.

*GCM 365 Color Imaging

3 crs.

Free Elective Course

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*GCM 406 Digital Workflow and Print Technology

3 crs.

*GCM 445 Printing Production Planning and Control

3 crs.

Approved MGT/MKT or GCM Elective Course

3 crs.

Free Elective Course

General Education Course

3 crs.

3 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

*GCM 410 Digital Portfolio

3 crs.

*GCM 485 Graphics Seminar  

3 crs.

*GCM 495 GCM Internship

3 crs.

Approved MGT/MKT or GCM Elective Course

Free Elective Course

3 crs.

3 crs.

* Required major and related courses
** Required and recommended General Education courses