Academic Catalog

Graphic and 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
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement
  • SC = Skills Certificate [Non-Transcriptable]

Units Required

  • Major: 58
  • Certificate(s): 12-58

Additional Information

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

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 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)

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 5A2-D FOUNDATIONS4
GID 1HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN4
GID 31GRAPHIC DESIGN DRAWING4
GID 33GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I4
GID 34GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II4
GID 35GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO III4
GID 36TYPOGRAPHY4
GID 41DIGITAL ART & GRAPHICS4
GID 55USER EXPERIENCE (UI/UX) DESIGN4
GID 56WEBSITE DESIGN4
GID 58WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT III4
GID 60CAREERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS2
PHOT 5INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY4
Support Courses
Select eight units from the following:8
FUNDAMENTALS IN DRAWING
COLOR I
DESIGN THINKING
CARTOON & COMIC ILLUSTRATION I
ILLUSTRATION & DIGITAL IMAGING
FUNDAMENTALS OF 3-D ANIMATION
DIGITAL SOUND, VIDEO & ANIMATION
SCREENPRINTING
MOTION GRAPHICS
GAME ART & DESIGN
BEGINNING T-SHIRT DESIGN & GARMENT PRINTING
INTERMEDIATE T-SHIRT DESIGN & GARMENT PRINTING
ADVANCED T-SHIRT DESIGN & GARMENT PRINTING
WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT II
PORTFOLIO
MOBILE GAME DESIGN
INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY DESIGN
VIRTUAL REALITY GAME DESIGN
STORYBOARDING
ADVANCED WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
RAPID WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
Total Units58

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Graphic and Interactive Design

  • Units: 58

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core and support courses. General education courses are not required.

Certificate of Achievement in Web Design

  • Units: 16
GID 55USER EXPERIENCE (UI/UX) DESIGN4
GID 56WEBSITE DESIGN4
GID 57WEBSITE DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT II4
GID 58WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT III4
Total Units16

Certificate of Achievement in Game Design

  • Units: 14
GID 49GAME ART & DESIGN4
GID 60CAREERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS2
GID 67MOBILE GAME DESIGN4
GID 68BVIRTUAL REALITY GAME DESIGN4
Total Units14

Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design

  • Units: 14
GID 33GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I4
GID 34GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II4
GID 35GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO III4
GID 60CAREERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS2
Total Units14

Certificate of Achievement in Illustration

  • Units: 14
GID 31GRAPHIC DESIGN DRAWING4
GID 37CARTOON & COMIC ILLUSTRATION I4
GID 43ILLUSTRATION & DIGITAL IMAGING4
GID 60CAREERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS2
Total Units14

Garment Printing Skills Certificate

  • Units: 12 [Non-Transcriptable]
GID 53ABEGINNING T-SHIRT DESIGN & GARMENT PRINTING4
GID 53BINTERMEDIATE T-SHIRT DESIGN & GARMENT PRINTING4
GID 53CADVANCED T-SHIRT DESIGN & GARMENT PRINTING4
Total Units12