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What will I learn?

The Digital Arts program prepares students for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of applied exercises in advertising thinking, visual communication, graphic design, illustration, and preparation of art for reproduction. Starting this academic year, some of the courses from Digital Arts have been merged with Recording Arts and Broadcast Video to create the new Digital Media program. This exciting new program will train students with the best of multimedia design concepts, tools, and projects to integrate video, audio, and graphics. Please see the Digital Media section in this catalog for details. This option will prepare the student for employment in the field of graphic design illustration. It consists of experiences in lettering, applied design, photography, and reproduction processes. The focus is upon an introduction to advertising thinking, visual communication, and skills in graphic design, illustration, and preparing art for reproduction.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  • Graphic Design Illustration

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 (30 units)

Tuition fees
US$7,368.00 per year
USD $377 per unit

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

Start date

31 January 2022


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.

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


About Golden West College

Based across over 120 acres of beautiful campus, Golden West College (GWC) is an open-access institution that offers academic quality and innovation.

  • Located on a beautiful campus in Southern California
  • Outstanding University Transfer Preparation programs
  • More than 60 major options across a range of disciplines
  • Part of the multi-campus Coast Community College District