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Graphic Design


There are a wide variety of employment opportunities in this industry. The skills students develop at Cuyamaca will start them on the road to success as:

  • Art or Advertising Director
  • Cartoonist
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Display Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital or technical illustrator
  • Marketing Directors
  • Multimedia Designers
  • Package Designers
  • Web Page Designer

Some students choose to become entrepreneurs by free-lancing while building their own independent businesses, while others start their professional journey with professional employment.

Companies are looking for people with:

  • Artistic talent beyond software skills.
  • Solid design techniques involving color, typography and layout.
  • Overview knowledge of the entire development and pre-press and production process.
  • Web and interactive designers need to understand front-end and back-end interfaces.
  • Verbal and visual communication skills necessary for working with teams and clients.
  • An understanding of the business strategies and marketing goals behind the design.
  • Able to problem solve and conceptualize on your own while being able to think like the client.
  • Enthusiasm for learning the new software and tools that are constantly changing for the industry.

Getting experience

It is often a good idea to begin employment prior to completion of the program by participating in the internship program or freelancing on individual projects commercially.

Things you may be asked to do:

  • Produce layouts, ads and presentations
  • Convert rough comps to finished press-ready art
  • Develop and maintain web and multi-media presentations
  • Assist other designers and art directors
  • Illustrate for print and online media
  • Typesetting, photo masking, create charts and contribute other small components of a larger project.
  • Create logos, identity packages, brochures and packaging.

Your projects in your classes will give you the start of a portfolio to show potential employers.


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  March 15, 2010
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