Graphic & Interactive Design
The Graphic & 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, 3D animation, industrial design (CAD), game design, 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 & 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, print and advertising designers, and/or web 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 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, &Barr, Evok, Lightmaker, Orlando Science Center, Whole Foods, Code School, Darden Restaurants, BIGEYE, Coleman USA, Viewpost, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Uber, Hashrocket, PH3 Agency + Brewery, Lure Design, Inc., MailChimp, Google, 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. Designers 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 & 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 and interactive design focus)
- Graphic Designer
- Graphic Artist
- Web Designer
- Advertising Designer
- Brand Designer
- User Interface Designer
- User Experience Designer
- Interactive Designer
- Illustrator (digital and traditional)
- Front-end Web Developer
- Production Artist
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To view our recommended semester-by-semester AS and TC schedule, download our program flowchart.
Kristy Pennino (East Campus)
Meg Curtiss (West Campus)
Julio Falu (Osceola Campus)