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Digital Photography CRN: 51183 - 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: 51182 - 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.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator 51471 - GDS 062

In this course, students use Adobe Illustrator to create vector-based graphics such as technical illustrations, logos, photo-realistic images, and other artwork used in print publications and on the web.

Web Design
CRN: 51181 - GDS 045
CRN: 51821 - GDS 049

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 classes running this semester
  • History of Photography(GDS 12)
  • Beginning Graphic Design(GDS 35)
  • Web Design with HTML and CSS(GDS 45)
  • Page Layout and Typography(GDS 60)
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator(GDS 62)
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign(GDS 63)
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop(GDS 64)
  • User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design(GDS 70)
  • Digital Photography(GDS 73)
  • Javascript 1(GDS 89)
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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Mobile Game Design

Learn what it takes to design a mobile game app with GDS 041 and GDS 082.

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Web Design & Animation

Interested in web design and animation? Take either GDS 045, 043A 047 or 081.

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Indesign, Illustrator & Photoshop

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

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Typography & Package Design

Master the skills of design and learn to present them with GDS 060 and GDS 080.

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Video Production

Use Final Cut Pro to create videos with GDS 074.

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Want to take a class in photography? Try out GDS 073. (picture: Ceci Cinco)

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