Graphic Design Certificate and Degree Program

This program option prepares students for careers typically found in the graphic design field, such as art director, graphic designer, production artist, package designer, or product designer. The study encompasses all phases of the design processes from origination of the idea (design, layout, and typography) through reproduction, finishing and distribution. Students are encouraged to adhere to electives noted for a rounded educational experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Use fundamental design skills
  • Select and use appropriate graphic design software
  • Demonstrate skills typically found in the graphic design 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 140/ART 140 Beginning Graphic Design 3
GD 142/ART 142 Package Design 3
GD 144 Typography 3
GD 145/ART 145 Graphic Illustration 3
GD 147 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
GD 149* Digital Illustration 3
GD 154* Digital Pre-Press 3
GD 200 Photoshop Skills for Graphic Designers 3
GD 240/ART 240* Intermediate Graphic Design 3
CWE 180* Cooperative Work Experience: Graphics 1
Total Units for the Certificate 28

*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: ART 40, 41, 80, 85; GC 101.