Design & Digital Media

The Design & Digital Media Department (formerly known as Graphic Communication or GCOM) serves students through successful job placement, transfer to four-year institutions and personal fulfillment.

To promote these outcomes, design is taught holistically. Design is a critical thinking process rather than a product.

The Design & Digital Media Department (D&DM) instills this in students at a critical time in their careers and education.

Learn more about our new department name and our course designators and names.

Our Philosophy of
Design Education

The inception of a design education is a sacred moment when students develop design thinking and design skills they will utilize for their entire lives. Software skills and design thinking work hand-in-hand; software is a medium and a tool of expression for the design process. The Design & Digital Media department immerses students in design-thinking, and, consequently, students learn the tools more effectively. By providing a context whereby software supports design, the process becomes memorable, meaningful and more effective.

D&DM Mission Statement

We are a culturally and experientially diverse group of designers and thinkers. We believe that design is an exciting and muscular means to communicate, to enable, and to create positive change in our world. We strive to make a difference in the lives of all students and faculty by empowering them to embrace design as a means for meeting the personal, social, economic and political challenges facing our community.

Programs of Study

  • Graphic Communications Department

    Design & Digital Media

    Design & Digital Media develops coursework in conjunction with Northern California industry leaders. Our courses offer students both current technology and theory in graphic design, digital imaging, digital illustration,… MORE >>

  • Graphic Communications Department

    Graphic Design

    This program offers students a comprehensive study of graphic design for print and/or web medium using current technologies. The curriculum encompasses the full spectrum of design theory, process, tools,… MORE >>

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    User Interface and Web Design

    This program provides a foundation of Web, user interface and user experience design, and development skills for students interested in careers as user interface designers for Web and mobile… MORE >>

  • Graphic Communications Department

    3D Animation and Modeling

    This program introduces students to the 3D animation and computer modeling industry. Through lectures and hands-on assignments, students will master real-world production techniques in both animation and 3D modeling…. MORE >>

  • Graphic Communications Department

    Game Design

    In this program, students will study the art, technology, science, and design principles for the creation and development of video games. This program covers video game history, game theory,… MORE >>