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Graphic Arts - AS

Associate in Science in Graphic Arts

The pace and volume of content production continues to accelerate. This increasing demand for content promises to keep the graphic arts field expanding with a wealth of career and creative opportunities, both in the print field as well as in digital media. Opportunities range from electronic page layout, illustration, visual asset production, print production, image manipulation, and presswork, as well as production for the web and interactive media. This program emphasizes training in principles and techniques used in graphic art production for print and digital media, and students completing the program will be fluent in industry-standard software. This program differs from our graphic design programs in that it emphasizes software training while requiring fewer units of design-focused classes. However, graphic design principles are addressed in the core classes in this program. The classes in the core requirements should be taken in the general order that they are listed.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will become proficient in software used in the print production environment and produce a long form project that is suitable for publication.
  • Students will learn production techniques required in the production of digital media.
  • Students will create original illustrations using Illustrator's creative tools.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Completion of 60 degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0. 
  2. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
  3. Completion of the AS Graduation Requirements, CSU GE-B or IGETC.
Required Core Courses: 
Code Class Units
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 063 Typography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 067 Graphic Design II (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 068 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design Career Preparation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 2.0
Plus additional courses from the following (minimum of 23.0 units)
Code Class Units
GDS 035 Graphic Design I (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 060 Page Layout (2.0 Lecture / 1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 011 The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 045 Web Design and Development 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
CAP 046D Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
CAP 046E Intermediate Microsoft Powerpoint (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
GDS 056 Presentation Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033C Basic Design: Color (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 080 Packaging Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 015 Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

Required Units for the Major

Required unts for the major 23.0
plus completion of general education requirements
and electives as needed to reach 60 units.
Total required units 60.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities include the following: commercial art, print production, web production, graphic arts production, as well as print and electronic publishing.