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, 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 include the following: graphic design, UI/UX design, web 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 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
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.
- For a complete listing of online courses offered during the current quarter, visit Online Course Information.
- If you need any additional degree information or confirmation, please contact the Counseling Division.
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|
|ENGL 1S||Integrated Composition & Reading|
|and ENGL 1T||and Integrated Composition & Reading||8|
|Mathematics Proficiency: Select one of the following|
|MATH 105||Intermediate Algebra||5|
|MATH 180||Quantitative Reasoning||5|
|or||any MATH course approved for Foothill GE area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking|
Core Courses (50 units)
|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 41||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)
Select 8 units from the following:
|ART 4A||Fundamentals in Drawing||4|
|ART 20A||Color I||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 45||Digital Sound, Video & Animation||4|
|GID 47||Motion Graphics||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 57||Website Design & Development II||4|
|GID 67||Mobile Game Design||4|
|GID 68A||Introduction to Virtual Reality Design||4|
|GID 68B||Virtual Reality Game Design||4|
|GID 77||Advanced Website Design & Development||4|
|GID 78||Rapid Website Development||4|
For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit Graphic and Interactive Design 2021-2022 Degree & Certificates.
Based on the 2021 - 2022 degree program.