Graphic Design

Graphic Design Associate's Degree

Associate of Applied Science: Graphic Design

When you complete the Graphic Design Degree (Associate of Applied Science Degree: Graphic Design) program you will have acquired the technical knowledge and the creative process principles necessary for an entry-level position in the commercial communication art field and in the field of digital publishing.

Occupations may include:

The program focuses on graphic design foundations including composition, layout, digital paint and illustration, typography, prepress production, and photo manipulation. The program also includes the newest technologies such as designing interactive publishing applications for tablet devices. Training of traditional skills and a comprehensive understanding of a digital design studio operation is also an inseparable part of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design program.

Platt College San Diego recognizes the importance of a person having college experience in subject areas outside of his/her professional specialization. The purpose of the general education courses is to enable one to do well in a career as well as in life. Therefore, a portion of each student’s education includes the areas of Mathematics / Science, English / Language, Social Sciences / Humanities, and Art. This policy assures that the student has sampled a broad range of disciplines, which will help to prepare the student to be a well-informed citizen of the modern world.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of graphic design, digital publishing, production artist, entry-level graphic and web designer.

Program Cost

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Program Courses


  • DD101 Digital Production
  • DES101 Design Basics
  • TYP101 Typography


  • D102 Vector Graphics
  • DPD102 Digital Publishing
  • P102 Raster Graphics


  • WD103 Introduction to Web (HTML/CSS)
  • DPD103 Dig. Pub. for Multiple Apps. and Devices
  • P103 Digital Imaging



  • ART103 Life Drawing
  • ART104 Creative Concepts


  • ANA100 Human Anatomy
  • BUS104 * Personal Financial Management

Social Sciences/Humanities (two of)

  • HUM140 History of Society in Art (Ancient to 15th Century)
  • HUM141 History of Society in Art (15th to 20th Century
  • LIT101 Introduction of Literature


  • COM105 * Oral Communications
  • ENG105 * English Composition

Required Electives

  • CS100 Career Skills, Interviewing and Presentation
  • CS101 Career Skills, Networking and Pro. Affiliations
  • CS103 Career Skills, Resume and Cover Letter Comp.


  • PP100 Portfolio Project

* Specific content transfer required or complete this course in residence.

Upon successful completion of Terms 1 – 3, General Education, and PP100 students will have completed 63 semester credit hours (1270 hours of instruction) and will be issued an Associate of Applied Science Degree: Graphic Design.