Academic Catalog

Visual & Performing Arts

Graphic Design Associate in Arts and Certificate of Achievement

Students in this degree program develop entry level skills in design aesthetics, typography, illustration, digital imaging, page layout, web design and professional business practices. The course work provides training with state of the art computer hardware and software used in the graphic design profession. Students develop a professional portfolio for job interviews. Designed for a two-year degree or certificate only. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree should refer to the Art–Graphic Design degree; please consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Clarify design objectives and then apply design principles, communication skills, and production techniques to develop effective designs using industry standard software.

Career Opportunities

Art Director1
Creative Director1
Graphic Designer
Game Designer
Industrial Designer
Marketing Director1
Multimedia Designer
Package Designer
UX/UI Designer
Web Designer


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Course Equivalencies

The following Cuyamaca and Grossmont College courses are considered similar enough to be treated as equivalent. Modification of Major forms are not required.

Cuyamaca Course Similar Grossmont Course
GD-105 ART-171

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

ART-124Drawing I3
CIS-211Web Development I3
GD-105Fundamentals of Digital Media3
GD-110Graphic Design Principles3
GD-126Adobe Photoshop Digital Imaging3
GD-129Page Layout3
GD-130Professional Business Practices3
GD-225Digital Illustration3
Select three of the following:7-10
Figure Drawing I
Introduction to Multimedia
User Experience Design
Professional Digital Photography I
Professional Digital Photography II
Professional Digital Photography III
Web Graphics
Web Animation
Advanced Web Animation
Graphic Design Work Experience
Total Units34-37

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Graphic Design. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.