Learn visual design fundamentals and develop creative and conceptual skills. Design a professional portfolio with self-paced training on industry-standard software.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
112 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Effectively use concept development procedures in visual communication problem solving
  2. Select and organize design elements including letter forms, illustrations, typography and other graphic images and effectively use art elements such as line, shape, color, value, texture and form in the development of visual images for a variety of media
  3. Apply principles of audience and market analysis, conduct research and develop resources in the production of desktop publishing, graphic design, illustration, electronic paste-up, scanning and manipulation of images, and multimedia productions
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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Graduates may find entry-level work in creating logos, annual reports, identity materials, packaging, signage, illustration, infographics, animation projects; assisting senior graphic designers and art directors; producing layouts and presentations, preparing comprehensives for production, developing web and multimedia projects and presentations.

Potential employers include: design studios, advertising agencies, retail, corporate, and in-house visual support departments, game and animation studios, advertising or marketing agencies, public relations firms, printing and prepress departments and publishing houses (newspaper, magazine, book)

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $60 - $200 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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