Areas of Interest

Graphic Design



About the Graphic Design Program

Design Your Career with the Stroke of a Pen and Click of a Mouse.

Graphic designers are multitalented content creators who produce visual concepts and experiences across many different industries. With graphic arts and design, the applications and career opportunities are endless. In this program, you will learn how to create wireframes and website design elements, motion graphics, magazines, corporate reports, advertisements, packaging, logotypes, brochures, and more.

Our graphic design program is comprehensive, and your projects will solve real-world problems using images, graphics, designs, and words. Learn about color theory, art, and design principles, and industry software, then apply those concepts in class and beyond. You will build a diverse portfolio that will help you secure work in-house for a company, brand or organization; at a design agency; or as a freelance graphic designer. Additional job roles include web designer, user experience (UX) designer, animator, and photographer.

With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree - Graphic Design

40 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Graphic Design

40 units

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to solve a variety of communication problems utilizing imagery and typography, will possess fundamental graphic design skills as well as a working knowledge of current technology, and will have the ability to work successfully as an entry-level graphic designer.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Web Developers Bachelor Degree $62,189
Art Directors Bachelor Degree $87,008
Multimedia Artists and Animators Bachelor Degree $69,071
Graphic Designers Bachelor Degree $49,076
Desktop Publishers Associate Degree $52,824

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