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What will I learn?

The Digital Arts program prepares students for employment in the field of digital arts and graphic design. It consists of applied exercises in advertising thinking, visual communication, graphic design, and preparation of art for reproduction. 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.

The Digital Arts program provides students the opportunity to gain fundamental skills in the application and use of digital tools such as graphic design and web design in a project-based, hands-on environment. Digital Arts will equip students with deep knowledge of how to evolve complex concepts incorporating visual imagery, illustration, typography, 3D graphics and text into creative forms of communication delivered and experienced through print, web, mobile, and interactive environments.

The curriculum emphasizes the understanding of modern society itself and will prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to synthesize social questions into cogent design solutions. Major focus is placed on the attainment of critical, creative and technical proficiencies related to cultural products of mass communication across print media, the Internet, and mobile communication devices. The Digital Arts program challenges students to:

  • Become highly skilled in the professional execution of their ideas;
  • Explore the applied and artistic aspects of digital design and visual communications;
  • Responsibly address social, political and personal issues in their work
  • Digital Arts graduates are qualified to apply for entry-level jobs in such diverse fields as graphic design, web design, web development, mobile content design, environmental graphic design, or other creative positions requiring the skills of a digital artist.

This major will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in applied design, digital imaging, graphic design principles, layout and design, and web page design. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Generate artwork utilizing advanced principles of design and applying these to a multimedia environment.

2. Interpret terminology for effective generation and discussion of advanced level digital art projects.

3. Utilize software to generate advanced level digital art projects.

Which department am I in?

Golden West College

Study options

Full Time (60 units)

Tuition fees
USD $346 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021


Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest Street,



92647, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

International applicants to Golden West College must be high school graduates, be pursuing the final semester of high school or equivalent, or be 18 years of age or older prior to the start of the term of application. (Applicants who have completed high school, but who are under age 18 must submit proof of legal guardianship in the U.S.). Graduated from high school, Hold Certificate of Proficiency or a G.E.D. from the State of California, Enrollment in the 9th or 12th grade and recommendation for advanced academic or vocational college level study.

International students must have sufficient knowledge of English to benefit from instruction at the college level. Therefore, all applicants whose native language is not English are required to produce a minimum TOEFL score of 61 (Internet-based test).

IELTS - 5.5; iTEP Academic - 3.5; PTE Academic - 45; TOEFL iBT - 61; TOEFL PBT- 500; GTEC CBT - 1075;Duolingo Test for English (1st attempt only) - 85

All application materials must be submitted by the following deadlines: Summer April 25, Fall July 15, Spring December 10.

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