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What will I learn?

The Graphic and Interactive Design program emphasizes the elements and principles of design in combination with the use of computers, software and other design peripherals to produce graphic design projects. Focus is placed on the creative integration and selection of type styles and images as they relate to the printed page, film/video output, Web-based design, user interface design, and multimedia applications. The Graphic and Interactive Design program is designed to prepare students for the workforce.

Student Learning Outcomes - upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the computer as an effective and important mode of visual communication used by artists and designers today.
  • Demonstrate the creative potential of art and design software.
  • Analyze and interpret the elements and principles of graphic design as applied to the practice of visual communication and current graphic production techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the design process.
  • Analyze styles in typographic design, type selection, and type specification in relation to new computer technology and the World Wide Web.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range of business practices currently used by artists and designers in the visual communications industry.

Which department am I in?

Creative Arts Division

Study options

Full Time (90 units)

Tuition fees
US$8,496.00 per year
USD $236 per unit
Application deadline

31 October 2021, 31 January 2022

Start date

3 January 2022, 4 April 2022


Creative Arts Division

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd,



95014, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must be 18 years old to attend college. Students who are younger than 18 (but at least 16 before first day of classes) can attend with proof of secondary/high school completion or the equivalent.

A minimum score on any of the following examinations is required for admission (exam must have been taken in the last 2 years):

TOEFL - 61 iBT (De Anza College ETS code is 4286) or TOEFL PBT 46 or higher

IELTS - 6.0

iTEP - Level 4


Duolingo - 95 DET (50 DET older version)

Pearson PTE Academic - 45

Cambridge - 175+ on advanced or proficiency exam

GTEC CBT - 1100

IB (International Baccalaureate) English A HL or SL 4 or better

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.