What will I learn?

The focus of the Graphic Design and Photography curriculum is to create a balance between design and technology. The program begins with a foundation in design, drawing and art appreciation and starts to integrate technology during the first semester. Design principles, creative thinking and problem-solving techniques, as they apply to the media arts, give the student a strong foundation for entry into the work force, and for advanced study at other colleges and universities. Students work in a state-of-the-art digital arts center for hands-on computer training.

With strong foundation courses in design, typography and creative problem-solving, students create designs, from concept to printed piece. The understanding of production and pre-press processes are an integral part of the concentration, along with the introduction of web design and interactivity. The curriculum is based on the belief that the graphic designer is a visual and verbal communicator who is able to develop creative solutions for a variety of design and communication problems. Students execute their work in a state-of-the-art Digital Arts Center.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply design principles to both print and screen layouts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using industry-standard software to produce graphic design layouts that are print-ready digital files.
  • Define professional terminology for the graphic design and print industry.
  • Demonstrate a sense of aesthetics for design and typography in the visual communication field.
  • Identify and apply their creative abilities to communicate ideas with confidence.
  • Demonstrate effective evaluation techniques, such as critiquing, to test and revise ideas and designs.
  • Develop professional quality design concepts and layouts.

Which department am I in?

Santa Barbara City College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,784.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $366 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,464 (4 units @ USD $366 per unit)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 May 2022, 15 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 27 June 2022, 29 August 2022

Venue

Schott Campus

310 W. Padre Street,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93105, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,784.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $366 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,464 (4 units @ USD $366 per unit)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 May 2022, 15 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 27 June 2022, 29 August 2022

Venue

Wake Campus

300 N. Turnpike Road,

SANTA BARBANA,

California,

93111, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

English Proficiency: TOEFL: PBT 450, CBT 160, IBT 60; iTEP: 3.0; IELTS: 5.5; IGCSE: C; GTEC CBT: 1030; Pearson Test of English: 45; PTE Academic: 44; STEP-Eiken: Grade Pre-1.

Application deadlines: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Session: May 1

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

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