About the Graphic Design Program

Design Your Career with the Stroke of a Pen and Click of a Mouse.

Graphic designers are multitalented content creators who produce visual concepts and experiences across many different industries. With graphic arts and design, the applications and career opportunities are endless. In this program, you will learn how to create wireframes and website design elements, motion graphics, magazines, corporate reports, advertisements, packaging, logotypes, brochures, and more.

Our graphic design program is comprehensive, and your projects will solve real-world problems using images, graphics, designs, and words. Learn about color theory, art, and design principles, and industry software, then apply those concepts in class and beyond. You will build a diverse portfolio that will help you secure work in-house for a company, brand or organization; at a design agency; or as a freelance graphic designer. Additional job roles include web designer, user experience (UX) designer, animator, and photographer.

With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More nformation on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Graphic Design - Associate of Science Associates in Science Degree

40 units + General Education Requirements

Graphic Design - Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Achievement

40 units

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to solve a variety of communication problems utilizing imagery and typography, will possess fundamental graphic design skills as well as a working knowledge of current technology, and will have the ability to work successfully as an entry-level graphic designer.

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User Experience - Department Certificate Department Certificate

12 units

The User Experience Design Department Certificate provides a thorough study of user experience design and interaction design. Focusing on designing for the user, research, user experience design, interface design, prototyping, and user-testing, students will learn the methodologies and tools for UX and to design and prototype for multiple platforms. A Department Certificate in User Experience Design will prepare the students for entry-level positions such as User Experience Designer, Interface Designer, Interaction Designer, Mobile App Designer, and Web Designer.

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Web Design - Department Certificate Department Certificate

24 units

The Web Design Department Certificate provides a thorough study of the design and production of websites at an advanced level. Focusing on design processes, user experience, and visual design, students will learn how to design and develop commercial-quality websites. A Department Certificate in Web Design will prepare the students for entry-level positions such as Web Designer, Web Developer, User Experience Designer, Interface Designer, and Interactive Designer.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Web Developers Bachelor's Degree $62,189
Art Directors Bachelor's Degree $87,008
Multimedia Artists and Animators Bachelor's Degree $69,071
Graphic Designers Bachelor's Degree $49,076
Desktop Publishers Associate Degree $52,824

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