At City, we open the door to unlimited opportunity. Early emphasis is on the design process, form, color, typography and digital skills. Elements and principles of design are applied to practical projects that include identity and branding, multi-page collateral, packaging and web/interactive projects. Guided by instructors who are working design professionals, students learn skills to excel in the real world. Digital and traditional techniques are used to solve graphic problems with an emphasis on conceptual thinking, socially responsible design and strategy. The program culminates in a professional portfolio that can be used to continue studies to a four-year university or obtain employment.

• Over 70% of our graduates find employment or transfer within 3 months of finishing the program

• We are the most affordable option in San Diego with individual classes costing less than $200 each

• Students from City Graphic Design have a long tradition of winning top honors at the American Institute of Graphic Arts Portfolio Review competing against four-year colleges and expensive private schools.

• An exceptional track record of transfer to some of the best art schools in the country with scholarship.

• City Alumni can be found at firms and creative agencies in San Diego as well as top studios and companies around the country.


Our dedicated faculty is comprised of practicing professionals with strong ties to industry. They bring a mix of academic and real world experience that propels learning beyond the classroom. At City, we empower students to realize their potential and thrive as part of a diverse creative community. City College Graphic Design changes lives in the classroom and beyond by delivering student centered learning, the tools, expertise and inspiration to create meaningful change.

Studying design at City is a vibrant experience and the best part is connecting to students, faculty, alumni and staff. You can grow your leadership skills in our American Institute of Graphic Arts student chapter or get involved in social design projects that impact the local community and world. Build lasting relationships, network and make connections that will enrich your life and fuel your career.

We offer affordable, quality design education and are driven to open the door to student success. We welcome you to visit our campus, meet our faculty, talk to students, alumni and local design professionals about our program. At City, you’re home.

When I started the program at City College I was expecting to gain enough skills to create a portfolio that would hopefully land me a job as a designer. What I was not expecting, and what I got, was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. The instructors are not only talented and accomplished, but they were, and still are, invested in my success. I was constantly inspired by my classmates, and motivated to accomplish things that I didn’t realize were possible. By the end of the program, I’d surpassed my expectations 10 times over. I’m so grateful and proud to be a City College, Graphic Design Alumni.

Juliana Tipton

Owner, Dutch Girl Handmade Goods


At City we focus on practical courses that allow students to get out in the industry and continue learning. With guidance from our advisory committee of leading design professionals we strive to deliver education that reflects industry standards. Many classes are ideal for working designers who want to update and sharpen their skills or learn something new.



ARTG125 Digital Media
Learn to master Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign.

ARTG100 Basic Graphic Design
Grow confidence with basic principles and elements that are the building blocks of all graphic design work.

ARTG118 Graphic Design History
Understand the context and history of the graphic design profession.

ARTG106 Typography
Gain knowledge about the rules usage and language of typography.

ARTG174A Book Arts
Develop book making skills through various structures and binding techniques. Refine quality of hand skills.

ARTG120 Illustration
Build basic drawing and sketching skills for ideation purposes in graphic design.


ARTG124 Page Layout
Develop understanding of page layout and hierarchy structures.

ARTG133 Logo & Packaging
Learn to create strong logos and packaging that showcase an understanding of strategic brand thinking.

ARTG143 Website Design
Design websites with current interactive industry standards.

ARTG153 Mobile Experience Design
Explore the essentials of designing interactive experiences for mobile devices.

ARTG206 Advanced Typography
Refine typography skills & apply advanced techniques.

ARTG148A&B Portfolio
Curate and build your portfolio to land a job, freelance work or college transfer.

ARTG148C Portfolio Building
Develop focused projects that demonstrate your voice, vision and viewpoint.



Currently a Creative Director at Facebook, Josh oversees a multidisciplinary team of art directors, writers, filmmakers and engineers who communicate and build the Facebook brand. The Design Director of President Obama’s 2012 campaign he built and led this historic campaign in which the web, design and technology played a pivotal role. With roots in graphic design and advertising Josh’s work has earned him national honors. Josh dedicates a percentage of his time to social causes supporting them with exhibits and charitable projects like the Hurricane, So-Cal and Haiti poster projects.



Chris Do is an Emmy award winning designer, founder and CEO of Blind, Inc., a transmedia agency located in Santa Monica California where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. He serves on the board and is an advisor for organizations like AIGA/LA and the Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group. Prior to forming Blind, he worked at Cole & Weber, Seattle as an Art Director, Epitaph Records as a designer and freelance designer at broadcast design firm, Novocom and R/GA LA under Kyle Cooper on main titles such as The Island of Dr. Moreau, Celtic Pride and Eraser.



Working as the Senior Designer for Chronicle Books in San Francisco, Amy created a broad range of books and products. She spearheaded and managed conceptualization and development of new product publishing and partnered with key editorial and sourcing personnel. As manager of the Children’s Design Fellowship program she trained and mentored fellows. She is the designer of the 2014 Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo awarded by the American Library Association. As a product designer for Michael’s stores she brings distinctive and trend-right product design to Michael’s exclusive Recollections brand line.


At San Diego City College we believe in books. In 2014 we moved into the stunning new Arts and Humanities building, secured a grant and created a resource library of 3500 art and design books. The Young Resource Room honors a dedicated teacher Doyald Young who won the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal. An American typeface designer and teacher, Young specialized in the design of logotypes, corporate alphabets, and typefaces. This master designer visited City College often, to lecture, bring books and wisdom to share with students eager to learn. Now the Young Reading Room collection fuels aspiring creative minds and the community.