Associate in Arts Degree Graphic Design

Division: Fine Arts


The primary emphasis is to prepare the student for employment. To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. the cultural diversity and reading requirements;
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units, and
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (39 units):
ART 182 CBeginning Drawing3
ART 110 CIntroduction to Art3
or ART 100 C Fundamentals of Art
ART 120 CTwo-Dimensional Design3
ART 185 CBeginning Life Drawing3
MAD 116 C Graphic Design I (formerly ART 140 C)3
MAD 140 C Desktop Publishing I - Mac3
MAD 117 C Graphic Design II (formerly MAD 144 C)3
MAD 118 C Graphic Design III (formerly ART 142 C)3
MAD 112 CElectronic Illustration-Mac3
or MAD 113 C Electronic Illustration - Windows
ART 244 CIllustration3
ART 111 CSurvey of Art History I3
ART 112 CSurvey of Art History II3
MAD 100 C Introduction to Media Arts Design-Mac3
or MAD 101 C Introduction to Media Arts Design-Win
Electives - Select a minimum of 9 units from the courses listed below:9
Introduction to Printmaking3
Introduction to Photography3
Principles of Advertising3
Contemporary Art Studio3
Contemporary Art Studio3
Total Units48