Graphic Design and Digital Media

This program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in graphic design and digital media production. This includes instruction in graphic design, typography, digital illustration, photo manipulation, web design, animation, motion graphics, advertising design, entertainment graphics, and production art, using the latest equipment and software available. Classes are structured to give strong academic and hands-on experience for entry into the graphic design and digital media industry. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate graphic design and layout principles consistent with the principles and elements of design.
  • Analyze and explain methods and techniques to design aesthetically pleasing and effective typographic communication.
  • Understand the technical differences and advantages of raster-based and vector-based images for various design outputs and digital applications.
  • Create effective motion graphics designs and multimedia animations for various marketing, advertising and promotional narratives.
  • Understand the technical differences and advantages of various digital, video and audio file formats in the context of graphic design and digital media. 
Required Courses (33 units) Units
ADM-1 Introduction to Applied Digital Media 3
ADM-62 Typography and Graphic Design 3
ADM-63A Design for Print Publication 3
ADM-63B Design for Electronic Publication  3
ADM-70 Project Production and Portfolio 3
ADM-71A Adobe Photoshop for Image Manipulation 3
ADM-71B Adobe Photoshop, Advanced 3
ADM-77A Adobe Illustrator for Graphic Art 3
ADM-77B Adobe Illustrator, Advanced 3
Electives   6
Electives (6 units) Units
Digital Media Production Emphasis:
FTV-64A Beginning Digital Editing Principles and Techniques 3
PHO-20 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
Motion Graphics Emphasis:
ADM-67 Multimedia Animation 3
ADM-69 Motion Graphics and Special Effects with After Effects 3
Digital Animation Emphasis:
ADM-68A 3D Animation with Maya I 3
ADM-68B 3D Animation with Maya II 3
OR    
ART-50A Beginning Storyboarding 3
ART-50B Intermediate Storyboarding 3
Digital Illustration Emphasis:
ART-36A Computer Art- Introduction 3
ART-36B Computer Art-Intermediate 3
Web Design Emphasis:
ADM-74A Web Design 3
ADM-74B Web Design with Dreamweaver 3
OR    
CIS-72A  Introduction to Web Page Creation 1.5
CIS-72B Intermediate Web Page Creation using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 1.5
CIS-76B Adobe Dreamweaver 3

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Graphic Design and Digital Media will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.


This Program Pathway will allow a full-time student to complete this program in 12-18 months. For students who require a part time pathway, please see a counselor for more information.