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The Associate in Digital Design Degree Program

Explore your creativity in the exciting, high-tech world of graphic design and dynamic media production. From eye-catching magazine layouts to innovative print advertisements, from understated corporate imagery to attention-grabbing websites complete with animation and sound. If you have ever wondered how those images were created and have ever thought about designing them as a career, then the Digital Design program might be the right choice for you.

The Digital Design program at Pierce College is a two-year, broad-based program requiring courses in two main areas:

  • Traditional Graphic Design
    This explores computer and traditional illustration, digital photography and image manipulation, print-based page layout, and web design.
  • Rich Media Production
    This part of the degree incorporates 3D modeling, 2D and 3D animation, video production, DVD authoring, and rich media authoring.

Graduates can expect to be readily capable of competing for jobs in the graphic arts industry, or they can choose to pursue an advanced degree at a four-year institution (See the Transfer Page for more information on that.)

The Digital Design program is enhanced by a state-of-the-art lab offering full graphic design and multimedia capabilities for hands-on experience. You will study with instructors who have both academic expertise and practical experience in their field, bringing a genuine working knowledge to their teaching.

Program Specifics

Register today:
Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Introductory courses in Digital Design are offered during the day in winter quarter and at night during spring quarter.

Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center for proper placement in math and writing courses. Introductory courses in Digital Design also require students to complete a Computer Information Systems 121 (CIS 121) or equivalent computer experience.

Program length:
Students generally complete their associate's degree in about two years (99 credits).

Transfer possibilities:
Students who earn their Digital Design degree from Pierce College can transfer directly to The Evergreen State College through the Upside Down Degree program. Students wishing to transfer to another four-year program are advised to work closely with their academic advisor to map out additional requirements for an Associate of Arts degree.

Pierce's Digital Design courses satisfy the electives requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. Learn how these courses can help secure your future by meeting with the Digital Design program coordinator today.

Employment Possibilities:
High-level graphic designers and media artists are highly sought after in the publishing, design, graphics, advertising, public relations, sales, and visual arts fields. Additionally, workers trained to translate these skills into Web-based designs and media-rich productions are in exceptional demand.

Career Opportunities

High-level graphic designers and rich media artists who can use computer skills to create imaginative designs are in high demand. Expertise in graphic design is important for entry into and advancement in publishing companies, in-house design departments, graphics, advertising, public relations, sales and other visual arts occupations. Rich media artists are in demand as the internet continues to gain acceptance as a primary channel of communication. Persons skilled in designing for the Web can expect to be in increasing demand and earn good salaries.

Getting Started

To enroll in the Digital Design Associate Degree program, you should have a basic understanding of the computer keyboard. Additionally, you must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Both of these requirements can be fulfilled at Pierce College.

For more information about the digital design program and how you can get started in this exciting field, contact the program coordinator Brian Martin at (253) 964-6473 or

Brian Martin
Program Coordinator
(253) 964-6473

Pierce College Digital Design