Computer Graphics Certificate and Degree Program

This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the computer graphics fields. This program relies heavily on a basic understanding of graphic design and/or graphic communications principles as they relate to industry standards. Students are encouraged to adhere to electives noted for a rounded educational experience. Some of the careers that are found in the computer graphics field are: computer graphics artist, prepress technician, computer animator and multimedia producer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental graphic design and production skills
  • Select and use appropriate graphic design and production software
  • Demonstrate skills typically found in the graphic design and production field


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
GD 144 Typography 3
GD 147 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
GD 148* Digital Graphic Design 3
GD 149* Digital Illustration 3
GD 150* Digital Animation 3
GD 151 Digital Layout and Design 3
GD 154* Digital Pre-Press 3
Total Units for the Certificate 21

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in the college catalog.


Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: GC 101, ART 140/ GD 140, 141, 145.