The Digital Art & Design program combines problem-solving skills, planning and analysis with solid computer skills and traditional art making to create successful, clear visual communication. Students learn conceptual message development and fundamental theory while receiving vocational training. Courses such as typography and digital media form the core of the Digital Art & Design program. Students may choose from other courses in photography, film, video, graphic design, and animation to earn their degree. Students may pursue an Associate of Arts degree and prepare for transfer to a college, university or art school.
Critically evaluate and understand the aesthetic, cultural, and political development of design in historical and contemporary cultures.
Create finished images and graphics for professional applications based on principles of effective design and communication.
Translate ideas into images and designs.
Present finished design products for peer, professional or academic review.
Evaluate and critique graphic design work and receive criticism from others.
Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with others on design projects.
Digital Art & Graphic Design AA
Students have access to two fully equipped Macintosh computer labs. The Mac Labs are networked to handle full-color, high resolution print projects, scanners, web and motion production. Each Mac computer is loaded with the latest Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Painter X, Aperature and Flash.
Mac Lab information and hours
ArtStor Digital Library
For more information contact Art Department Coordinator Erik Shearer by email at
Erik.Shearer@napavalley.edu or full-time faculty, May Jong at