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Digital Video Production CRN: 76660 - GDS 074

This introductory course focuses on video production and related hardware and software. The students develop an understanding of video production and post-production in a series of hands on exercises. Camera operation, video and audio production techniques, special effects, the basic principles of motion graphics, video editing and audio editing are explored. Access to a camera capable of recording video, and a basic understanding of computer system operation are required. 

Typography CRN: 74831 - GDS 063

This is a course for graphic designers on the study and demonstration of letterforms and typography. Practical design projects examine the interaction of form and message, with emphasis on fundamental theory, i.e., elements, principles, and attributes of typographical design. Students may create work for inclusion in a portfolio. This course requires both non-digital attention to hands-on craftsmanship and basic knowledge of Adobe CC software.

Digital Photography CRN: 75930 - GDS 073

This introductory course emphasis is placed on aesthetics, composition, content and the technical and creative design skills required to create effective digital images using digital cameras and a variety of software packages

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CRN: 74832 - GDS 064

This is a beginning course for graphic designers, artists, and photographers. Students learn how to create original artwork, refine photographs and manipulate digital imagery.

Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator 74830 - GDS 062

This is a beginning digital illustration course for graphic designers, illustrators and artists. Students learn how to create original illustrations and designs using Adobe Illustrator. Basic art principles are explored.

Web Design
CRNs: 74823 and 74824 - GDS 045
CRNs: 75579 - GDS 046

These two courses focus on the design and technical skills required to create effective web designs using HTML, CSS and a variety of software packages and use WordPress to build dynamic websites that can be updated easily.

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
Mission College $46 per unit
Academy of Art University $917 per unit
San Jose State University $190+ per unit
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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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Want to take a class in photography? Try out GDS 073. 

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