What will I learn?

This degree program provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamental aspects of graphic design and digital art. Students develop creativity and ideation skills, learn the theories of communication design and apply this to a wide range of design situations. The program is hands-on, integrating conceptual design studies with traditional and digital tools and production methods. The program goal is to provide the skills necessary to enter this growing, professional field.

Some examples where students might find employment using their design and illustration skills might include website design and development, design and illustration of electronic magazines and books, design of interactive marketing presentations, interactive learning products, scientific visualizations, etc. Advanced students have the opportunity to complete professional career preparation courses that deal with specific business issues relevant for designers, illustrators, and digital artists.

DVC graphic design students who intend to transfer must consult with a program advisor to select appropriate courses and are advised to select either General Education Option 2 (IGETC) or Option 3 (CSU GE). General Education Option 1 (DVC General Education) is appropriate for students who do not intend to transfer.

To earn an associate in arts degree with a major in graphic design, students must complete each course used to meet a major requirement with a “C” grade or higher. Degree requirements can be completed by attending classes in the day, evening, online or a combination of those. Some courses may satisfy both major and general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once.

Students completing the program will be able to...

A. combine appropriate aesthetic form and content to create evocative and engaging work.

B. create appropriate typographic solutions for a variety of design situations.

C. demonstrate proficiency with computers, software and production processes.

D. select appropriate tools, materials and processes for a range of media products.

E. work collaboratively within a creative team.

F. critically evaluate and discuss the merits of various creative ideas.

G. develop a professional portfolio of work.

Which department am I in?

Diablo Valley College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$7,728.00 per year
Tuition and fees based on 12 units

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2021

Start date

25 January 2021


Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Campus,

321 Golf Club Road,



94523, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student is eligible for admission if he or she has graduated from a regionally accredited high school, or is 18 years of age or older and is no longer in high school, or has passed the State of California Certificate of Proficiency Test (CHSPE) or the General Educational Development Test (GED).

English proficiency

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) - 61
  • Paper based TOEFL (PBT)- 500
  • IELTS - Academic test - 5.5
  • ITEP - 3.5
  • IEC (International Education Center) - Completion of Adv. B level certificate
  • ELS Centers - Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate
Note from client: this is just for Fall 2020, but at least students will know they can still apply (in fact even a bit later probably).

About this uni

Academic programs lead to university transfers where students can earn a bachelor’s degree at a top U.S. university.

  • Three community colleges and an intensive English program
  • San Francisco Bay Area location
  • Tuition is approximately USD 20,000 for two years (60 units)
  • Top international student transfer college to UC Berkeley