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Graphic Design

Orange Coast College
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Costa Mesa

About this program

Graphic Design

This program presents a concentrated course of study in the field of digital media arts and design. Concept development and the generation of a portfolio suitable for job applications or transfer to a degree program is a major focus in each of the core courses.

Courses emphasize the process and problem-solving in conjunction with visual design issues. DMAD graphic design courses provide broad-based entry level training for a variety of graphic design industries. Students are introduced to a broad range of media, including branding, publications, posters, print advertisements, website graphics, billboards and product packaging, as well as strategies and the techniques required to incorporate these areas into print and online.

Complete the Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Admission requirements

  1. Unit Requirement - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. Major Requirement - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. Mathematics Requirement - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. General Education Requirement - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
  5. For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website

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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Color and Design: Two-Dimensional
  • Rapid Illustration Techniques
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics

Semester 2

  • Screen Process Printing 1
  • Typography I
  • Illustrator for Design
  • Photoshop for Design

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Typography II
  • Graphic Design

Semester 2

  • Professional Studies (or) Studio Internship
  • InDesign for Design
  • Digital Portfolio Development

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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  1. Apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, typography as they relate in the various design media utilizing industry standard graphics software.
  2. Apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgment to demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and develop probable graphic design solutions.
  3. Develop an original, innovative and articulate body of graphic design work for a professional portfolio for the purpose of gaining employment and/or acceptance to an Art College or University.

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Orange Coast College

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a 2-year community college located in Costa Mesa, California minutes from Disneyland Resort and California's most popular beaches. As a community college, OCC is accessible offering low-cost tuition and flexible admissions for programs leading to...

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Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road
92626 Costa Mesa California
United States of America

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