Digital Media Arts and Design

Websites. Social media. Video games. Commercials. They all depend on high-quality visuals and great design. If a career in graphic design, UX (User Experience), web design or animation appeals to you, then let the OCC Career Advantage program in Digital Media Arts and Design help you hone your skills and build the portfolio that will set you apart. Learn and work with industry-standard technology and take advantage of internships and mentoring by working professionals.

Job opportunities in this expanding field are huge and skilled professionals command high pay. Digital media artists and designers can succeed as freelance artists, or work for some of the region’s top employers like Disney or Blizzard. The median annual income for digital graphic artists in California is $54,854, and about $81,000 for a multi-media artist or animator assistant in a top company. Watch your creative talent and technical skill open the door to a career in advertising, book and software publishing, gaming or film and video production. Read on to learn more about OCC Career Advantage Programs in DMAD.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Graphic Design
Color and Design: Two Dimensional
Lettering and Digital Typography

Rapid Illustration Techniques
2-D Animation
Web Design for Artists and Graphic Designers

Did you know?

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in digital media arts and design, and earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

Program Details

Complete the certificate program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in dental assisting. Earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Learn a broad range of media, including 2D and 3D design, animation, illustration, painting, branding, publications, poster, print advertisement, website graphics, billboards and product packing to prepare for an entry-level position in any of a variety of industries. Courses also prepare you for acceptance into a digital arts degree program. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position in either UX and web design or in animation design. Learn to create original digital art that integrates research, psychology, text, images, animation, video, and other content into effective web designs, interface designs, or 2D and 3D animations. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Graphic Design Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. You will be prepared for an entry-level position in a variety of industries and equipped with a broad range of skills that include: 2D and 3D design, animation, illustration, painting, branding, publications, poster, print advertisement, website graphics, billboards and product packing. View program detail in course catalog.

Complete the UX Design Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. You will be prepared for an entry-level position in either UX and web design or in animation design and equipped with the skills to create original digital art that integrates research, psychology, text, images, animation, video, and other content into effective web designs, interface designs, or 2D and 3D animations. View program detail in course catalog.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers evening courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark, M.S.

Career Technical Education & Career Services Outreach Specialist

Katie Ottoson

Katie Ottoson, M.S.

Counselor, CTE and
Career Services

Will Thai

Counselor, Visual and Performing Arts Programs

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