Computer and Media Arts Programs at Phoenix College

Computer Graphic Design

A computer graphic designer works with computer software to create designs and illustrations using principles of art. Creativity and attention to detail are important qualities, as well as a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

With the impact of technology on the design fields, designers are required to have both artistic and computer skills. The computer graphic design program acquaints the student with artistic principles while developing each student's ability to solve problems and adapt to changes affecting the work environment, namely the continuous changes in the work hardware and software technology.

Skills and Knowledge

Skills and knowledge gained in the program include:

  • Apply technical competency with a variety of drawing tools.
  • Use basic color theory to execute work.
  • Edit graphics and text information received from external sources.
  • Use various imaging properties of software to accomplish texture, smoothing, and scaling.

Training in computer graphic design will prepare you for employment in this field. Occupations include illustrator, free-lancer, video graphics, product designer, art director, and desktop publisher.

Career and Employment Outlook: 

Employment is found in a variety of environments including newspapers, advertising, public relations, web design and development firms, and specialized design services. Occupations in computer graphic design are expected to have a high number of job openings in the next few years.

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