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

  • Art - Studio and Graphic Design - Transfer MapDetails for Transfer Map - Art - Studio and Graphic Design

    A transfer map is a suggested schedule of courses to take each quarter, if you are planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in a particular subject. These maps were created to help you get a solid footing in the subject and stay on track with courses commonly required by CSU or UC schools, but they do not guarantee your admission to any university. It’s important that you work with a counselor or academic adviser to determine exactly which classes you need to reach your particular goal.

    Transfer Map

  • Art History - Associate in ArtsDetails 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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  • Art History - Certificate of Achievement-AdvancedDetails 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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  • Art History - Associate in Arts-TransferDetails for Associate in Arts-Transfer - Art History

    The Art History major consists of courses appropriate for an Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree, which provides a foundational understanding of the discipline, a breadth of coursework in the discipline, and preparation for transfer to any CSU that accepts the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC). The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelors degree in Art History (or an approved similar major) at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept this degree will be required to complete no more than 60 (semester) units after transfer to earn a bachelors degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

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  • Art History - Transfer MapDetails for Transfer Map - Art History

    A transfer map is a suggested schedule of courses to take each quarter, if you are planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in a particular subject. These maps were created to help you get a solid footing in the subject and stay on track with courses commonly required by CSU or UC schools, but they do not guarantee your admission to any university. It’s important that you work with a counselor or academic adviser to determine exactly which classes you need to reach your particular goal.

    Transfer Map

  • Ceramics - Associate in ArtsDetails 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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  • Dance - Transfer MapDetails for Transfer Map - Dance

    A transfer map is a suggested schedule of courses to take each quarter, if you are planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in a particular subject. These maps were created to help you get a solid footing in the subject and stay on track with courses commonly required by CSU or UC schools, but they do not guarantee your admission to any university. It’s important that you work with a counselor or academic adviser to determine exactly which classes you need to reach your particular goal.

    Transfer Map

  • Museum Studies - Skills CertificateDetails 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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  • Painting - Associate in ArtsDetails 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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  • Sculpture - Associate in ArtsDetails 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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  • Spatial Art - Associate in ArtsDetails for Associate in Arts - Spatial Art

    The Spatial Art Degree will help De Anza students smoothly transfer to San Jose State Universitys 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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  • Theater - Transfer MapDetails for Transfer Map - Theater

    A transfer map is a suggested schedule of courses to take each quarter, if you are planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in a particular subject. These maps were created to help you get a solid footing in the subject and stay on track with courses commonly required by CSU or UC schools, but they do not guarantee your admission to any university. It’s important that you work with a counselor or academic adviser to determine exactly which classes you need to reach your particular goal.

    Transfer Map

  • Graphic and Interactive Design

  • Graphic Design - Certificate of AchievementDetails 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.

    Degree Requirements

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    Certificate/Degree Map

  • Graphic Design - Certificate of Achievement-AdvancedDetails 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.

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  • Graphic Design - Associate in ArtsDetails 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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