Graphic designers work with all components of visual communication, from traditional and historical letterforms to digital images and multimedia components. The graphic design field includes all printed and motion media that deliver information, opinion and entertainment: newspapers, magazines, books, newsletters, brochures, posters, CDs, Web-based and multimedia applications. There is a wide range of employment available in graphic and interactive design, from self-employment to work with design firms, advertising agencies or production houses.

Employment Outlook

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for graphic designers to increase by over 6% and multimedia artists and animators to increase by over 7%. For more detailed information about positions in the graphic and interactive design fields, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below:

  • Graphic Designers (SOC 27-1024)
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators (SOC 27-1014)
  • Art Directors (SOC 27-1011)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success
A student uses a computer to work on a design.

Graphic designers must be able to communicate effectively through their art. They combine multiple pieces of information and structure them in a way that is visually appealing and accessible. Though talent and technical proficiency are important, understanding human behavior and the different ways to communicate are equally important. There is also a demand for designers with a wide-ranging knowledge of computer technologies and production techniques.

General Info About the Program

De Anza College offers certificate and degree programs to help individuals prepare for employment or further education in graphic and interactive design. Both the Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs emphasize the principles of design in combination with the use of the computer as a tool. Emphasis 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, and multimedia applications.

Graphic and Interactive Design Certificate and Degree Programs

Certificates of Achievement

Certificates of Achievement-Advanced

Associate Degrees (A.A.)

For more information contact the Graphic and Interactive Design Department:
Creative Arts Division
De Anza A4
(408) 864-8832
De Anza College Arts Department

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