DIY: Visualizing a Dream Career in Design

The screen you’re looking at? Someone designed that. And the chair you’re sitting on. And your desk. And the funny elephant pencil holder you’ve had since you were eight. Designed by someone, somewhere, with the creative and technical skills to take an idea and turn it into something real.

Across all industries, designers who can create with their heads and work with their hands are needed to turn inspiration into innovation. Whatever your specific interest is, Golden West College’s cutting-edge design studios are ready to give you the training you need to succeed in this ever-evolving, Future-BUILT field.

Golden West College’s Design Certificate of Achievement prepares successful students for employment as entry level designers, design interns, model makers, technicians, and CAD designers. Courses explore critical concepts like design theory, ideation, 2D and 3D visualization, rapid prototyping, computer-aided design (CAD), materials and technical processes. For students that are considering an Associate degree, these courses also form the foundation for all of GWC’s design-related majors.

The practical, project-based nature of this certificate culminates with the creation of a professional portfolio that can be shown to potential employers. Students may also choose to participate in the semi-annual GWC Design Student Show.

If you’re ready to start designing the future you’ve always dreamed of… your Career Education is waiting!

Program Details

Design Degrees & Certificates

Golden West College’s Design Certificate gives students the fundamental skills required to make it happen, in fields like interior design, automobile design, toy design, industrial design, fashion design, furniture design, and model-making. Currently, GWC offers one Certificate:

  • Design – Certificate of Achievement:
    Students gain the fundamental skills necessary for a career in a variety of professional design fields, while using the latest hardware and software technologies in a project-based, hands-on environment.
  • For additional program details, see the Design Program Main Page or the Golden West College Catalog.

Why Golden West College?
  • The majority of Golden West College’s Design program courses are fully transferable, with no loss of credit, to Bachelor-level programs in the CSU system!
  • Our knowledgeable and accessible faculty are chosen for their real-world industry experience. This ensures that GWC Design students learn the latest in software, technology and industry philosophy.
  • Golden West Cares! GWC is an energetic and welcoming community of learning, committed to supporting your higher education aspirations. Learn more about Golden West College’s student services and support resources by clicking here.
Golden Opportunities in Design

Students with Design experience are in demand across a wide variety of industries. Golden West College Design program graduates are designing great products, and cultivating even greater careers in these occupations and more!

  • Computer-Aided Designer (CAD)
  • Decorating Consultant
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Manager
  • Display Coordinator
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Model Maker
  • Product Designer
  • Product Engineer
  • Toy Designer
Affording the Opportunity

Golden West College is proud to provide excellent-quality Career Education at a low cost. Our goal is to remain accessible to ALL community members seeking to enrich their future.

Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents.

Information on College Service Charge and additional fees available at:

Future BUILT Support

Golden West College is committed to providing students with affordable, accessible Career Education pathways, along with responsive staff to assist and guide you on your way!

  • Career and Employment Center:
    GWC’s Career Center is a hub for services related to the career development needs of students and the general public. Our friendly staff can assist you in exploring career fields with a comprehensive library of up-to-date, computerized and published resources.
  • Learning Resource Center:
    Featuring facilities and materials for general assistance in math, reading, writing, and more, GWC’s Learning Resource Center is a one-stop destination for student support. Take advantage of tutoring services, computer lab access, library resources, and more!
  • Special Programs:
    Golden West hosts a variety of career-oriented programs and services, including CalWORKS, Cooperative Work Experience (CWE), and many others.
  • Advising and Counseling:
    Make sure you’re in the right classes… and on the right course! GWC’s Planning and Guidance Services cover a broad range of student needs, including degree advising, career counseling, and transfer assistance.
  • Special Programs:
    Golden West College is committed to assisting our underserved and challenged students in any way possible. GWC offers specific resources for DACA students, Former Foster Youth, students requiring Basic Needs Assistance, and more.
Gainful Employment Information

For more information regarding the Design program costs and employment outcome averages, click here.

Program Learning Outcomes

Design – Certificate of Achievement :

  • Critically evaluate what they and other students have created.
  • Design and construct gallery shows, exhibits, and portfolio presentations for public review, critique and evaluation.

Program Contact

For more information contact:

Average Salary in this Field

$28,327 –

Careers in this Field

Design Engineer
Industrial Designer
Model Maker

Ready to Get Started?

Orange County industry depends on Future BUILT professionals with the next-level knowledge and skills learned in Golden West College’s Career Education programs.
Apply today, and start building your  bolder future!

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