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
# of Regional
Jobs in 2017
|# of Regional
Jobs in 2022
(Graphic Artist, Designer, Digital Designer, Visual Designer, Production Artist, Illustrator)
(Production Director, Creative Director,
Multimedia Artists & Animators
(Motion Graphics, 3D Animator, 3D Artist, Production Artist, Game Designer, App Designer)
Web Developer &
Digital Interface Designer
(Web Designer, User Interface Designer (UI), User Experience Designer (UX)
Click on the links below for detailed degree information.
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.
Digital Media Classrooms and Studios, Building O
Nancy Jo Ward, Professor of Graphic Design | Phone: 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3444
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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