Associate of Science in Graphic Design (AS)

Division: Industry & Technology

Prepare for entry-level employment in the evolving field of graphic design. This degree provides students with a foundation of design principles, tools, and techniques. Learn how to create visually engaging designs that effectively convey messages across various media platforms. In addition to technical skills, this career path emphasizes creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency in industry standard software, tools, and design methods.
  • Generate design concepts and apply elements and principles of design that visually speak to audiences through a variety of media channels and mediums.
  • Critique and communicate design decisions with professional language.
  • Build a cohesive portfolio which showcases design thinking with creative and technical skill.

Career Opportunities

Completing this degree will prepare students for employment in a variety of fields and job titles, including; Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Marketing, Advertising, Production Artist, Junior Art Director, Media Specialist, Marketing Coordinator, Social Media Manager, Print Production, Web Design, and Freelance Graphic Designers.


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

Program Requirements 

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *25
ART 006Color and Design *3
ART 008Drawing Fundamentals3
ART 080Introduction to Digital Photography - Fine Art Emphasis3
GD 100Introduction to Graphic Design4
GD 101Graphic Design I3
GD 102Digital Imaging Design I3
GD 107Web Design4
GD 203Publication Design I3
GD 204Graphic Design II3
GD 205Digital Imaging Design II3
GD 209Graphic Design III - Integrated Graphics4
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.

Courses meet General Education requirements and 3 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include the completion of the following:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree-applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).