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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Graphic & Interactive Design

The Graphic & Interactive Design Program offers training for careers in the exciting, dynamic fields of graphic design, game design, digital art and digital publishing. 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. For additional information visit the Graphic & Interactive Design Program.

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, web design, interactive design, game design, advertising, marketing, publishing, illustration, T-shirt and garment printing, and digital art.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 58
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • Foothill General Education
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or
    • the Intersegmental Genearl 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 certificate.

Online Courses for Graphic & Interactive Design

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes 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.

Core Courses (50 units)

ART 5A 2-D Foundations 4
GID 1 History of Graphic Design 4
or ART 36 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
or ART 14D Digital Art & Graphics 4
GID 55 User Experience (UI/UX) Design 4
GID 56 Website Design 4
GID 58 Web Design & Development III 4
GID 60 Careers in the Visual Arts 2
PHOT 5 Introduction to Photography 4


Support Courses (8 units)

ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing 4
ART 15A Digital Painting I 4
ART 15B Digital Painting II 4
ART 20A Color I 4
GID 37 Cartoon & Comic Illustration 4
GID 43 Illustration & Digital Imaging 4
GID 44A Fundamentals of 3-D Animation 4
GID 45 Digital Sound, Video & Animation 4
GID 46 Screenprinting 4
or ART 39 Screenprinting 4
GID 47 Motion Graphics 4
or MDIA 32 Motion Graphics 4
GID 49 Game Art & Design 4
GID 53A Beginning T-Shirt Design & Garment Printing 4
GID 57 Website Design & Development II 4
GID 61 Portfolio 4
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
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 2018-2019 Degree, Certificate or Transfer Programs.

Based on the 2018 - 2019 degree program.