What will I learn?

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Graphic Design degree is designed for students specializing in computer graphic design. It aids in the development of skills in graphic design and layout using the computer and serves to reinforce art principles. The curriculum provides for the development of personal interests and enables those already employed in this field to upgrade skills. Occupations may include illustrator, layout, paste-up, freelance, video graphics, product designer, animator, photo-retouched, art director, and advertising designer. Students desiring more intensive preparation may take courses beyond the 60-credit minimum requirement. This program is not designed for four-year transfers. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

A computer graphic designer works with computer software to create designs and illustrations using principles of art. Creativity and attention to detail are important qualities, as well as a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

With the impact of technology on the design fields, designers are required to have both artistic and computer skills. The computer graphic design program acquaints the student with artistic principles while developing each student's ability to solve problems and adapt to changes affecting the work environment, namely the continuous changes in the work hardware and software technology.

Skills and Knowledge

Skills and knowledge gained in the program include:

Apply technical competency with a variety of drawing tools.

Use basic color theory to execute work.

Edit graphics and text information received from external sources.

Use various imaging properties of software to accomplish texture, smoothing, and scaling.

Training in computer graphic design will prepare you for employment in this field. Occupations include illustrator, free-lancer, video graphics, product designer, art director, and desktop publisher.

Career and Employment Outlook:

Employment is found in a variety of environments including newspapers, advertising, public relations, web design and development firms, and specialized design services. Occupations in computer graphic design are expected to have a high number of job openings in the next few years.

Which department am I in?

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (60-63 credits)

Tuition fees
US$8,010.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

1202 W. Thomas Road,



85013, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduation from secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required.

For international students

PC's open admission policy means that anyone can attend Phoenix College who:

Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency

Has a high school certificate of equivalency (GED)

Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college

as a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.

TOEFL - A minimum score on the Internet Base test (IBT) - 61, or Paper Base test (PBT) - 500

IELTS - A minimum score of 5.5

Application Deadlines are July 1 for Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring Semester

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