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Spring 2021: Details and Resources

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GDS 072 - Digital Imaging and User Interface Design

Have you ever seen a website or app and wondered about how you could design something like that? In this class, you will use industry standard tools to create web and app designs, and learn WHY you should design things a certain way. There is much demand for people who are good at this kind of design, and the pay is very good :)

GDS 074 - Digital Video Production With Final Cut Pro

In this course, taught by an award winning writer, director and producer, you will learn the language of video and film so you can create compelling videos. This class is fully online for Spring 21, so you can work at home in safety. Camera operation, video and audio production techniques, special effects, the basic principles of motion graphics, video editing and audio editing are explored. 

GDS 062 - Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is an industry-standard tool that you can use to do a lot of things. You can create layouts for posters, design assets for websites and apps, create your own logo, and more. In this class you will learn the details about using Adobe Illustrator to make what is in your head. For Spring 21, there are sections available that are synchronous(live online) and asynchronous(no live meetings). 

More Advanced Graphic Design Courses

Two spring courses for students with more advanced knowledge of graphic design, include:

  • GDS 067 • Graphic Design II
  • GDS 080 • Packaging

Both courses take the knowledge you already have and expand on it.

Here are some of the other classes running this semester
  • History of Photography(GDS 012)
  • Graphic Design I(GDS 035)
  • Web Design and Development 1(GDS 045)
  • Page Layout(GDS 060)
  • Typography(GDS 063)
  • Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator(GDS 062)
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign(GDS 063)
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop(GDS 064)
  • User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design(GDS 070)
  • Digital Photography(GDS 073)
  • Javascript 1(GDS 089)
Graphic Design and Multimedia

The Graphic Design and Multimedia department at Mission College combines software training with a strong emphasis on creative problem solving. If you live in Santa Clara, San Jose, Silicon Valley, or anywhere in the Bay Area, you can take classes at Mission College. We have in-person as well as online classes to serve our student's needs.

  • Earn an associates of science degree (AS) or certificate
  • Get hands-on training in digital software and web design
  • Take classes on your schedule, online, in the evening or in-person
 

Comparing Programs

Program cost per unit
(2018)
Mission College $46 per unit
Academy of Art University $917 per unit
San Jose State University $190+ per unit
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How about one of these exciting Graphic Design courses?

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User Experience Design(UX)

Learn what it takes to design an interactive product in GDS 070.

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Web Design

Interested in web design and web animation? Take GDS 045, 046, 047 or 070.

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Indesign, Illustrator & Photoshop

Learn the Adobe suite for the first time or sharpen your skills with our variety of classes utilizing Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

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Typography & Package Design

Master the skills of design and learn to present them with GDS 063 and GDS 080.

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Video Production

Use Final Cut Pro to create videos in GDS 074.

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Photography

Want to take a class in photography? Try out GDS 073. 

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