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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, 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.

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.

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 36 Typography 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

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 46 Screenprinting 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 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
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 2021-2022 Degree &  Certificates.

Based on the 2021 - 2022 degree program.