Digital Media at College of San Mateo - Associate in Arts Degree: Graphic Design
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Digital Media
AAMajor in Digital Media: Graphic Design

The Graphic Design associate’s degree prepares students for entrylevel work in the visual media industry; the degree also serves the needs of students planning to transfer to study Graphic Design at a four-year school. The curriculum includes basic visual literacy and visual communication skills, the complete software package necessary for employment or transfer, typography, graphic design theory and application, and several production classes that offer real-world hands-on learning experiences.

The skills that graphic designers possess transcend media boundaries. They may work in print or they may work in three-dimensional media such as environmental graphics, exhibit and display design, or signage. They may design for electronic media such as television, the web, or multimedia or they may create motion graphics and titling for film and video. They may work in information design and interface design or even type design.

They may design packaging, books, magazines, and posters, all forms of advertising, corporate communications, corporate identity, environmental and retail design, web design, education design, or nonprofit design. Their creativity and skills are necessary wherever a message and an audience meet, regardless of the media.

Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for Associate degree and

Major requirements: 31 semester units

A grade of "C" or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

DGME 103 Thinking Visually: Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
DGME 211 Media Design I: Illustrator 3 units
DGME 212 Media Design II: Photoshop 3 units
DGME 168 Web Design II 3 units
DGME 220 Typography 3 units
DGME 230 Publication Design and Production with InDesign 3 units
DGME 235 Graphic Design Theory and Application 4 units
DGME 240 Digital Publishing 4 units
DGME 250 Digital Media Practicum 3 units
DGME 255 Portfolio 2 units