Major Curriculum

The major curriculum of the Graphic Communication Department prepares students for careers in the printing, publishing, and packaging industries. The program pairs hands-on printing experience with general education courses providing students with a broad understanding of traditional printing processes and non-print digital imaging processes.

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GrC Major Curriculum Sheets (one page)

GrC Major Curriculum Course Descriptions

2013-2015 GrC Course Descriptions

GrC Sequence Chart of Coursework for GrC Majors

All GrC Majors must follow the most current GrC Core & Concentration Prerequisite Sequence Chart regardless of which catalog they are following. This sequence chart does NOT include all of the courses for the degree requirements, please refer to the GrC Major Curriculum for all coursework required. Please see your GrC Advisor for assistance.

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Advisor Approved Electives

Advisor approved electives are determined byyour catalog year and concentration. Your GrC advisor can help you figure out how best to utilize the specific electives to enrich your educational experience and maximize your units. The Advisor Approved Electives form should be submitted four (4) quarters prior to graduation, but you should check with your GrC advisor early in your college career to assure you're on track. If you do not know who your GrC advisor is, please check in the GrC office.

Approved Electives PDF

Substitutions for Major and Support Courses

This GrC form is a 2-page form and must be attached to the 3-part "Substitution for Major or Support Courses" form which can be obtained from the GrC office or Cal Poly's Records Office (01-222). Please follow each of the steps on the first page, then fill out the top section of the second page.

Course Substitution Form PDF

Tentative Course Offerings

This chart lists the TENTATIVE offerings for courses in the Graphic Communication Department over the next academic year. The latest version always replaces earlier listings, please keep the most current version in your student folder. Please consult with your academic advisor for more information.

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GrC Scheduling Worksheet

This worksheet will help you see into the future! Visit your GrC advisor, they have insight to your future priorities.

GrC Scheduling Worksheet PDF


GrC Internship and Cooperative Guidelines

Graphic Communication students must complete a Co-op (GrC 485 or 495) or University Graphic Systems (UGS) training (GrC 472 or 473) as part of the Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communication. Additionally, many students on earlier catalogs may choose to participate in Co-ops to provide work experience prior to graduation. This FAQ page will provide you with information about the process of completing Co-ops and internships in GrC.

GrC Internship and Cooperative Standards

A guide for approval of Co-ops. There are many kinds of co-ops offering a variety of experiences. The Graphic Communication Co-op Committee is charged with the responsibility of approving co-ops and overseeing their implementation. This FAQ page will provide you with information about the process of finding an internship.

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