Graphics

Graphics

The Graphic Design program has been serving students and employers in northern Santa Barbara County for over 30 years, providing trained craftspeople to the print and media design industries. The rapid evolution of the industry due to digital technologies has changed the primary focus of print-based design training to a broader visual media and communications technology-driven base. Practical skills in visual thinking are vital in all graphic design endeavors including visual content design, web design, publishing, and design for social, interactive and broadcast media. These industries are demanding the integration of graphic design related skills and digital media technologies. The program focuses on foundational 2D design skills with opportunities for critical analysis and creative response, design software proficiency, experience in reproduction technologies, plus career and entrepreneurship education. The program capstone course supports portfolio development which is necessary for both employment and most university-level transfers.

Students enroll in courses that provide opportunities to build skills and portfolios for entry level-jobs or for transferring to a university. You can earn an Associate Degree or Certificate in Graphic Design. Graduates earning the Graphic Design degree are prepared for upper division courses and may choose to transfer to universities that have strong design programs including: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California State University San Jose, California State University Long Beach, or California State University Fullerton.


The program maintains a state-of-the-art graphics studio equipped with iMac computers, Cintiq monitors, large format ink jet printers, 3D printers and a digital press. The program has a separate lecture space equipped with professional mat cutters, traditional tools for developing hand-crafting skills, portfolio development and design project mock-ups. Hancock’s Graphic Design program has graduates that are employed as designers in local design firms, print shops and 3D modeling companies, large corporations like LinkedIn or as self-employed freelance designers and illustrators.

Job Titles and Career Information

SOC Code Occupation Typical
Education

# of Regional
Jobs in 2017

# of Regional
Jobs in 2022
Annual
Openings
Median
Hourly Wage
27-1024 Graphic Designers
(Graphic Artist, Designer, Digital Designer, Visual Designer, Production Artist, Illustrator) 
Bachelor’s Degree 1,714 1,720 162 $20.30
27-1011 Art Directors
(Production Director, Creative Director,
Design Director)
Bachelor’s Degree 450 462 39 $19.90
27-1014

Multimedia Artists & Animators
(Motion Graphics, 3D Animator, 3D Artist, Production Artist, Game Designer, App Designer)

Bachelor’s Degree 296 301 25 $19.90
15-1255
Web Developer &
Digital Interface Designer
(Web Designer, User Interface Designer (UI), User Experience Designer (UX) 
Bachelor’s Degree  TBD   TBD  TBD  TBD

 

Click on the links below for detailed degree information.

APPLIED DESIGN: GRAPHICs A.S. DEGREE INFORMATION & SUGGESTED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

APPLIED DESIGN: GRAPHICS A.S. DEGREE INFORMATION & SUGGESTED SEQUENCE OF COURSES SPANISH

 

Further your career with Digital Media Certificate Options:

There are 4 new certificate options in the Digital Media programs to provide you with a variety of choices in choosing a specialty:.

  • Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement
  • Visual Media Certificate of Accomplishment
  • Multimedia Certificate of Achievement
  • Animation Certificate of Achievement
  • Web Design Certificate of Achievement

Our curriculum is designed to be flexible if you are already in the workforce and are looking to supplement your knowledge for promotion or advancement, we have courses for you. Each of our certificates is unique. Your training can vary from developing skills to mastering industry specific software. Whichever certificate you choose, your training will include comprehensive hands-on learning from experienced instructors who have a commitment to providing students with a useful and applicable education.

LOCATION

Digital Media Classrooms and Studios, Building O
Nancy Jo Ward, Professor of Graphic Design |  Phone: 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3444

HOURS*

Fall/Spring: 
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.    |    Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer:  closed during summer months   |    *schedules vary each semester

Questions? Email: nward@hancockcollege.edu

 

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