Award-Winning Program

De Anza's Graphic and Interactive Design program has been recognized by the state Chancellor's "Workforce Stars" initiative for strong performance in a key area:
  • Graphic art and design students increased their earnings by 69%

Careers in Graphic and Interactive Design

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Graphic designers work with every medium of visual communication – from typography and drawing to digital images and multimedia – to provide information, tell stories or convey unspoken messages and emotions. They may work in traditional print or online formats, either as independent contractors or as employees and managers in design firms, advertising agencies, media or production companies.

Employment Outlook: 2016-2026

  • The number of jobs for graphic designers is expected to grow by 7.1%
  • Jobs for multimedia artists are expected to increase 9.7%

These ten-year projections are calculated by California's Employment Development Department, which collects data about the state's workforce and economic trends.

Graphic and Interactive Design at De Anza

young woman at worktableThe Art Department at De Anza College offers graphic design certificate and degree programs that emphasize the elements and principles of design in combination with the use of computers, software and other design tools.

These programs focus on the creative integration and selection of type styles and images as they relate to the printed page, film and video output, web-based design, user interface design and multimedia applications. Instructors are practicing professionals and the programs are designed to prepare students to work in their field.

Art

  • Associate in Arts - Art HistoryDetails for Associate in Arts - Art History

    Completion of the Art History Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.A. degree provides students with a broad overview of the discipline of Art History from a global perspective. The program emphasizes visual literacy and research skills necessary for critical inquiry and analysis of art works, as well as knowledge of the technical processes of studio art relevant to the field of Art History.

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  • Associate in Arts - CeramicsDetails for Associate in Arts - Ceramics

    This A.A. degree provides foundation-level art and fundamental ceramics instruction. In the ceramics courses, students gain the experience necessary for entry-level positions and learn intermediate-level skills needed for ceramics study at the university.

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  • Skills Certificate - Museum StudiesDetails for Skills Certificate - Museum Studies

    This Skills Certificate provides a foundation-level art and museum studies education. The Museum Studies courses emphasize the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the museum/gallery field. A required internship provides practical experience, along with courses that include all aspects of design, installation and viewing of art exhibits in a museum/gallery environment.

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  • Associate in Arts - PaintingDetails for Associate in Arts - Painting

    This A.A. degree provides a comprehensive foundation in the areas of design, color theory, multiple painting processes, and professional software/hardware used by artists and designers. Students gain the skills and experience necessary to demonstrate a complete understanding of aesthetics, techniques and philosophy in the creative process.

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  • Associate in Arts - SculptureDetails for Associate in Arts - Sculpture

    This A.A. degree offers a foundation in lower division courses enabling students to pursue a B.A. or B.F.A. in sculpture or design at a four-year institution. The degree prepares students to transition successfully into a university environment. Their acquired knowledge may be transferred into areas such as teaching, studio art production, product design, museum work, architectural design and model making.

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  • Associate in Arts - Spatial ArtDetails for Associate in Arts - Spatial Art

    The Spatial Art Degree will help De Anza students smoothly transfer to San Jose State University’s third-year Spatial Art Program. The acquired knowledge may be transferred into areas such as teaching, studio art production, product design, museum work, architectural design and model making.

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  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Art HistoryDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Art History

    Completion of the Art History Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.A. degree provides students with a broad overview of the discipline of Art History from a global perspective. The program emphasizes visual literacy and research skills necessary for critical inquiry and analysis of art works, as well as knowledge of the technical processes of studio art relevant to the field of Art History.

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  • Certificate of Achievement - Graphic DesignDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Graphic Design

    The Graphic and Interactive Design program emphasizes the elements and principles of design in combination with the use of computers, software and other design peripherals to produce graphic design projects. Focus is placed on the creative integration and selection of type styles and images as they relate to the printed page, film/video output, web-based design, user interface design, and multimedia applications. The Graphic and Interactive Design program is designed to prepare students for the workforce.

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  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Graphic DesignDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Graphic Design

    The Graphic and Interactive Design program emphasizes the elements and principles of design in combination with the use of computers, software and other design peripherals to produce graphic design projects. Focus is placed on the creative integration and selection of type styles and images as they relate to the printed page, film/video output, web-based design, user interface design, and multimedia applications. The Graphic and Interactive Design program is designed to prepare students for the workforce.

    Degree Requirements

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    Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Associate in Arts - Graphic DesignDetails for Associate in Arts - Graphic Design

    The Graphic and Interactive Design program emphasizes the elements and principles of design in combination with the use of computers, software and other design peripherals to produce graphic design projects. Focus is placed on the creative integration and selection of type styles and images as they relate to the printed page, film/video output, web-based design, user interface design, and multimedia applications. The Graphic and Interactive Design program is designed to prepare students for the workforce.

    Degree Requirements

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In addition to the programs listed above, you may be able to apply courses in this department toward General Education requirements.

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