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Digital Media Arts



San José City College offers an Associate in Arts degree in Graphic Design, that features design principles and multimedia concepts as used in print media and digital media using industry standard design software and tools to produce contents for a Graphic Design Portfolio.

The Media Arts program is a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the converging fields of journalism, communication and new media technology. It responds to the need for people skilled in effective communications in all levels of society including industry, education, art and music, and the public arena.

The Associate in Arts (AA) in Media Arts provides a core foundation of media and visual literacy, a foundation of technical skills, and principles of design and information hierarchy, as well as specialization skill development in: Information gathering and reporting in journalistic formats, visual and photo journalism concepts and skills, and application of theory and skill to journalistic practice.




Graphic Design

This program features design principles and multimedia concepts as used in print media and digital media using industry standard design software and tools to produce contents for a Graphic Design Portfolio. The primary focus of this program is the integration and application of design styles and elements as per the current industry, and the application of design elements in real-life projects. This degree will prepare students for transfer to an institution that offers a similar pathway. 

Degrees offered:

  • AA in Graphic Design

User Experience & Interaction Design

In this program we approach UX and other forms of product design through a human-centered approach, placing users and their needs as the focus of the work. This includes everything from creating effective and enjoyable user experiences to ethical and safe interactions between the user research and the product. At the completion of the degree, students will have a UX Portfolio consisting of real-world designs, and course units that may transfer to a four-year program. 

Degrees offered:

  • AS in User Experience and Interaction Design
  • Certificate in User Experience and Interaction Design

MOTION Graphic Design

The Motion Graphic Design Programs pair Graphic Design techniques with visual storytelling and animation to provide students with comprehensive workforce related skills in the Media Art industry. Motion Graphic Design provides high demand skills in corporate branding, social media, user experience, marketing, television, broadcasting and internet.  Students enrolled in this program will have a well-rounded professional Motion Graphic Design portfolio and have necessary skill sets for workforce requirements.  

Degrees offered: COMING UP IN FALL 2024!

  • AS in Motion Graphic Design
  • Certificate in Motion Graphic Design


  • Apply an understanding of the components of graphic design and the principles of layout.
  • Demonstrate visual communications skills on graphic design projects utilizing industry standard software and basic design techniques.
  • Produce multimedia projects using images, videos, and animations through vector and raster-based software.
  • Create accessible and well designed websites utilizing basic design principles, art fundamentals, as well as web design specific tools.
  • Develop multimedia projects combining graphic design, motion design, visual storytelling, animation, effects, cinematic techniques and audio.

  • Freelance or In-House Design
  • Product and Package Design
  • Multimedia and Broadcast Design
  • Web Design
  • UI/UX Design
  • Storyboarding and Motion Design
  • Video Editing
  • Animation
  • Motion Graphics




  • Creative Arts Club For - DMA, Art, Photo, & Ceramics.
  • Student Ownership.
  • Collaborative Space For The Art Community Ft. Events, Projects & Contests.


  • Student Made Comissioned Artwork.
  • Paid Work Opportunity With Real Clients.
  • Selection By Portfolio. Project Supervised By Faculty.


  • Panel Of Industry Pros.
  • Representing Various Areas Of Production Such As Games, Films & UI/UX.
  • Advise On Programs And Curriculum.





Digital Media Arts is a career focused discipline, and our faculty represent a great mix of industry expertise and traditional background. Below you will find the list of our esteemed faculty, along with their career highlights.



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