Awaiting Entry

Unfortunately the Graphic Design Program fills up fast and often. If you’re in a period of holding and are proactive in getting started; review the content on this page for a series of recommendations on which classes you can start on while you’re waiting to begin the program. 

What if you are waiting to enter Graphic Design?

You may be waiting to enter the Graphic Design program, or you want to take courses early to lighten the load when you enter the program. There are courses you can take while waiting to enter the program in the Fall?

Some courses from the Graphic Design program course outline that may be taken early.

These Graphic Design classes and software courses can be taken out of sequence:

  • GRDSN 109 History of Graphic Design – 5cr
  • GRDSN 156 Illustrator I – 2cr
  • GRDSN 158 Photoshop I – 2cr
  • GRDSN 163 InDesign I – 2cr
  • GRDSN 175 Adobe After Effects I – 2cr

Also, 15 credits of related Instruction courses are required, these courses can be taken at any time.

Recommended Courses

There are three categories, Human Relations/Leadership, Communications, and Computation.
You need one 5-credit course from each group, for a total of 15 credits.

Communications Requirement

  • ENGL&101 English Composition I – 5cr

Mathematics Requirement

  • BUS 123 Practical Business Math Apps. – 5cr
  • MATH&107 Math in Society – 5cr

Human Relations/Leadership Requirement

  • CMST&210 Interpersonal Communication – 5cr

For questions please contact the VPAA Pathway Specialist Heather Bellerud at

Some things to watch out for…

Looking at the program outline, you’ll notice that the fifth quarter is a 15-credit quarter, including a 5-credit Human Relations / Leadership course. If you took all your related instruction requirements early, you would only have 10 credits in this quarter. This could be a problem for Financial Aid requirements.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth quarters list Area of Emphasis items. These are courses suggested for students who may wish to add skills in a particular specialty. These are suggested but not required.

You should check with a Graphic Design faculty advisor and your financial aid program before selecting Area of Emphasis courses, to make sure they can be funded.



If you plan to complete a full year at SFCC before entering the Graphic Design program, you will soon run out of the courses listed above. You should consider including courses that will fit into the AA degree requirements, or check our articulation agreement with EWU. There are extra liberal arts courses in that package you could complete.

The Graphic Design faculty members are glad to meet with you and help plan your early course choices.