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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Graphic & Interactive Design

Program Description

The Graphic & Interactive Design Program offers training for careers in the exciting, dynamic fields of graphic design, UI/UX design, web design, game design, and illustration. Students enrolled in this program develop basic and advanced skills in the important processes of design while learning professional graphics applications. Students receive a balance of instruction that includes visual arts and general education courses that are designed to produce a well-rounded, highly-trained graduate with sufficient expertise to be employable in an ever-expanding job market.

Learn more about the program on the Graphic and Interactive Design website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will understand the design process from sketching to final product.

Students will be able to create unique graphic designs that communicate ideas to others.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include the following: graphic design, UI/UX design, web design, game design, advertising, marketing, publishing, illustration, T-shirt and garment printing, and digital art.

Award Type(s)

AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

Major: 58

Additional Information

Note: Please see the Graphic and Interactive Design program website for recommended course sequence to assist with student success.

Online Courses for Graphic & Interactive Design

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see the Class Schedule for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Please see Graphic & Interactive Program for recommended course sequence to assist with student success.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:

Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Core courses (50 units)

Support courses (8 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificates.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses

ART 5A 2-D Foundations 4
GID 1 History of Graphic Design 4
GID 31 Graphic Design Drawing 4
GID 33 Graphic Design Studio I 4
GID 34 Graphic Design Studio II 4
GID 35 Graphic Design Studio III 4
GID 36 Typography 4
GID 41 Digital Art & Graphics 4
GID 55 User Experience (UI/UX) Design 4
GID 56 Website Design 4
GID 57 Web Design & Development II 4
GID 60 Careers in the Visual Arts 2
PHOT 5 Introduction to Photography 4

Support Courses (8 units)

Select 8 units from the following:

ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing 4
ART 20 Color Theory 4
GID 1A Design Thinking 4
GID 37 Cartoon & Comic Illustration 4
GID 43 Illustration & Digital Imaging 4
GID 44A Fundamentals of 3-D Animation 4
GID 46 Screenprinting 4
GID 49 Game Art & Design 4
GID 53A Beginning T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing 4
GID 53B Intermediate T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing 4
GID 53C Advanced T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing 4
GID 58 Website Design & Development III 4
GID 61 Portfolio 2
GID 67 Mobile Game Design 4
GID 68A Introduction to Virtual Reality Design 4
GID 68B Virtual Reality Game Design 4
GID 71 Storyboarding 4
GID 77 Advanced Website Design & Development 4
GID 78 Rapid Website Development 4
Total Units   58
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit Graphic and Interactive Design 2023-2024 Degree &  Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.