Graphic and Interactive Design

The Graphic and Interactive Design Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in graphic design, branding, advertising design, web design or interactive (UI/UX) design.

From design thinking and the creative process to executing ideas using industry-standard creative technology, our students receive hands-on experience and learn employable skills that prepare them to enter directly into a career with competitive portfolios. With a trusted reputation in the Orlando creative industry, we pride ourselves in educating some of the most talented designers in Central Florida. Our students have received recognition in local, regional, national and even international competitions. Their accomplishments include over 100 ADDY Awards, Florida Print Awards, the Create Awards, the ONE Show, Print Magazine and Siggraph.

What we are not:  This program is not a pathway to employment or advanced degrees in gaming, animation, 3D art, 3D animation, or animation art. If you're looking for social media communication, industrial design (drafting/CAD), video, motion graphics, audio/visual, mobile journalism, web development (server side web coding), film, or computer programming, Valencia does offer programs in those areas. 

Recharging Creative Minds

Valencia's A.S. degree program in Graphic and Interactive Design not only teaches the tools needed to execute designs properly, but also prepares students with the skills needed to think like a designer and solve visual problems in a creative way. Our graduates are happily working as user interface designers, product designers, brand designers, print and advertising designers, web designers, and interactive designers. Graduates have landed jobs in design studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, web design firms, interactive design companies, in-house corporate environments, and other highly creative environments. You can find Valencia Graphic's graduates working as designers for Meta, Google, Facebook, Disney, Universal, Deutch, Wal-Mart E-Commerce, Push., Say It Loud, MTv, Pepsi Co., Etsy, J. Walter Thompson, IBM, Birchbox, Maven, Purple Rock Scissors, Spry, Sea World, Rollins College, UCF, Evok, Orlando Science Center, Whole Foods, Code School, Darden Restaurants, inVision, BIGEYE, Coleman USA, Viewpost, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Uber, PH3 Agency + Brewery, Lure Design, Inc., MailChimp, Microsoft, Apple, Coke, GoDaddy, Corkcicle, Knight, Lowes Hotels and Resorts, Postable, Mama’s Sauce, Orlando Magazine, Rifle Paper Co. and Bonier, to name a few.

Orlando boasts a wide-reaching and wildly diverse graphics arts community. Creatives here are very well connected to one another and to their thriving Orlando community.

Starting With Creative Excellence

Perhaps part of the reason why many local employers are impressed and hire our graduates is because we understand what the industry expects from graduates. Real world experience combined with reinforcing various employable skills ranging from the creative process, design thinking, visual communication, and knowing the tools needed to execute their ideas, all make Valencia's Graphic and Interactive Design program a great start for anyone seeking to start right in a creative career.

This program offers specializations in:

  • Graphic Design (print media, advertising, branding focus)
  • Interactive Design (web design and interactive design focus)

Primary Occupations:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Web Designer
  • Advertising Designer
  • Brand Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Information Architect
  • Interactive Designer
  • Illustrator (digital and traditional)
  • Front-end Web Developer
  • Production Artist


To find out more information and access FAQs, visit our program website:

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To view our recommended semester-by-semester AS and TC schedule,  download our program flowcharts.

Program Chairs

Roxana BoulosCareer Program Advising OSCStudent Success Coach - OSC
Meg CurtissGraphics & Interactive Design WECProfessor, Graphic DesignProfile
Julio FaluGraphics Tech OSCProfessor, Graphic DesignProfile
Rob McCaffreyGraphics Tech EACInterim Dean, School of Arts, Entertainment, & DesignProfile
Kristy PenninoGraphics Tech EACProfessor, Graphic DesignProfile
Niurka RiveraCareer Program Advising EACStudent Success Coach - EACProfile